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:
- 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:
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
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