Everyone has occasional body odor or halitosis. This is an awkward situation, but easy to fix. But if it persists, it is a signal of illness.
How to distinguish norm from pathology
Various pathologies alter the balance of chemicals in the body. They can cause small or significant changes in the smell of breath, urine, and other body fluids. As a rule, the sense of smell is not sensitive enough to catch all the changes.
But special devices and dogs can do it. Researchers have developed prototypes of “electronic noses” that can capture early odor changes caused by cancer and pneumonia. Dogs, with their sensitive sense of smell, are sometimes able to detect changes in a person’s odor that indicate cancer.
But if the smell has changed a lot, you yourself will feel it – you need to figure out what the reason is, undergo an examination and consult a doctor.
1-Strong, disgusting odor like rotting debris from the vagina
Unbelievable, but true: one of the most common reasons is a forgotten tampon or thread in the vagina. After 24-48 hours, the woman will notice a very pungent odor caused by the multiplication of bacteria.
- Feeling of pressure;
- general discomfort.
As soon as the patients cannot find the thread, they are afraid to take out the tampon, then the doctor’s help is needed. Regardless of whether the woman removes the tampon on her own, it is necessary to consult a doctor because there is a chance of infection (if it has been there for a long time). In this case, the specialist will prescribe suppositories or antibiotic cream.
2-Vaginal discharge with a pasty, yeast-like odor similar to bread dough
The cause is a vaginal yeast infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. The fungus normally lives in the vagina, but its growth is usually inhibited by acid produced by other bacteria living in the vagina – lactobacilli.
When the balance is imbalanced – often due to antibiotics, pregnancy, diabetes, or immune system disorders – a yeast infection can occur. Given that yeast grows best in warm, humid environments, infection can occur if a woman wears tight, damp clothing, such as a bathing suit, for an extended period.
- Thick white discharge
- feeling of severe itching;
- severe pain due to inflammation of the tissues of the vagina.
Possible treatment: Antifungal topical medications. If symptoms worsen or do not improve within three days, see your doctor. A stronger prescription cream or even oral antifungal medications may be needed.
Another reason is a bacterial infection. It is better to see a doctor to clarify the cause of the problem and eliminate it quickly and without consequences. Discover more odors and symptoms on the next page.