What other symptoms might occur with body odor?

Body odor may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that often affect the endocrine system may also involve other body systems.

Endocrine symptoms that may occur along with body odor

Body odor may accompany other symptoms affecting the endocrine system including:

  • Cold or clammy hands
  • Extreme, extended, unexplained sweating
  • Night sweats
  • Sweating with weight loss

Other symptoms that may occur along with body odor

Body odor may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Rarely, body odor may accompany a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of vision or changes in vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
INTRODUCTION

What is body odor?

Body odor is any strong or unusual odor related to the body. Occasional abnormal body odor may be a temporary effect of a metabolic change, such as fruity breath in diabetic ketoacidosis, but by far the most common cause of abnormal body odor is hyperhydrosis (overactive sweat glands).... Read more about body odorintroduction

CAUSES

What causes body odor?

Occasionally, abnormal body odor may be an effect of a metabolic change, such as fruity breath in diabetic ketoacidosis or changes in body chemistry in liver or kidney failure. However, abnormal body odor is usually caused by hyperhidrosis (excessive, abnormal sweating). Primary hyperhidrosis (affecting only the hands, feet and armpits) has no identified cause, but may be genetic. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by other conditions, such as acromegaly (disorder recognized by continuing growth of the hands, feet and face), anxiety disorders, cancers, certain medications, glucose (sugar) control disorders, pheochromocytoma (tumor associated with hypertension), substance abuse, tuberculosis,... Read more about body odorcauses

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This Article is Filed Under: Metabolic System