I’m a pharmacist and here are 5 body odors of concern

IS a weird body odor that bothers you everyday life? Don’t worry anymore.

Smells like cheese and fish should be a cause for concern for anyone who experiences them. Especially if they don’t come from the kitchen.

There are many different body odors, but one expert has identified the most worrying ones


There are many different body odors, but one expert has identified the most worrying onesPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Giulia Guerrini, Senior Pharmacist at Digital Pharmacy Medino tells The Sun: “If you notice a strange smell on your body, one of the worst things you can do is hope that over time it will go away.

“You owe it to yourself (and the people around you!) to identify the cause and get the right treatment as soon as possible.”

It can be embarrassing to deal with personal body hygiene Problems, but don’t let that stop you from being the best.

Here Giulia reveals which five body odors you should pay attention to – and what they mean for your health.

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1. smegma

A cheesy, thick, white substance? No, it’s not a dreamy Fettuccine Alfredo from the best restaurant in Milan. It is smegma and it smells as bad as it sounds.

“It’s the result of an uncircumcised man not washing the area under his foreskin well enough,” says Giulia.

“Smegma is the sum of shed skin cells, skin oils, and moisture that builds up around a person’s genitals. It can also affect women between the folds of the vulva and around the clitoris.

“Men and women should wash their genitals with warm water at least once a day.”

Speaking of women, Giulia adds: “Soap is not essential, but if you do choose to use a gentle detergent approved for intimate areas.

“To avoid irritation that may upset you pH balance and lead to yeast infections. Be sure to only wash the outside of the vagina (the vulva), not the inside.

“If you notice a cheesy, thick, white substance and an odd odor on your genitals, you should up your hygiene game or see your GP if it’s leading to other symptoms like redness and swelling.”

2. Fishy discharge

If your Vagina smells lazy, there might be a problem.

“Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is inflammation caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina,” explains Giulia.

“Discharge generally turns an off-white color and has a watery consistency and a fishy odor.”

To treat or avoid these symptoms altogether, Giulia recommends products like Canesflor probiotics, which “can prevent BV by working to restore the natural environment in the vagina.” Meanwhile, products like Canesbalance vaginal gel can help clear an infection, Giulia adds.

“BV can be caused by a variety of triggers, including but not limited to your period, having sex with a new partner, and using scented detergents.”

3. Smelly Feet

If you’ve ever wondered what bacteria heaven is like, well, it’s your feet.

“Our feet are always covered by two layers, our socks and shoes, the sweat we’ve produced is locked in,” says Giulia.

“There are 250,000 sweat glands in our feet, which is a higher ratio of glands per square inch than anywhere else on the body. The more skin cells bacteria can eat, the more they spread.

“Avoid synthetic socks and plastic shoes. You don’t give your feet room to breathe and all the bacteria will have a feast royal on your feet.”

4. Body odor

Body odor (BO) is not only the result of poor hygiene.

“While poor hygiene and excessive sweating are the most closely associated with BO, changes in your diet, environment, hormones and medications can also be triggers,” Giulia tells The Sun.

“It can also be particularly common during puberty. Body odor smell is caused by bacteria breaking down the protein molecules in your sweat.

“This reaction can occur from top to bottom, from behind your ears to your feet to your armpits to your anus.”

Giulia advises: “Watch out for drastic changes in your sweating, such as: B. cold sweats, irregular sweats, or night sweats.”

According to the NHS, the most common causes of night sweats are usually; Premenopausal/menopausal symptoms, certain medications (steroids, painkillers and antidepressants), anxiety.

If you are concerned, contact your GP.

5. Nipple leakage

When it comes to nipple discharge Your concern depends on whether you are male or female.

Giulia warns: “If you are a man and have nipple discharge you should contact your GP immediately as nipple discharge of any kind is not normal in men.

“It can be a little less alarming in women, but it’s worth knowing the signs to look out for.

“One of the most telling signs of a bigger problem is smell, as it’s not pleasant.”

Giulia adds, “Your breast shouldn’t leak when you’re not breastfeeding, especially if it happens when pressure isn’t being applied.”

Nipple discharge isn’t usually a cause for concern, according to the NHS, but seek professional help if:

  • The discharge becomes persistent
  • only one nipple emits fluid
  • It stinks or contains blood
  • it’s leaking and you’re not breastfeeding
  • You are over 50 years old
  • it is accompanied by other symptoms (lumps, swelling, pain, redness)
  • you are a man

There is a small chance it could be cancer.

If you have an ongoing personal hygiene issue, always speak to your GP first.

Giulia adds, “You can always speak to any of Medino’s fully trained pharmacists for advice, guidance or suggestions on products that can help.”

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