What Causes a Skunk Like Body Odor?

What causes "skunk-like" body odor?

By A. Lin

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May 22, 20110 found this helpful

Diet is possibly the cause. Some foods just do not agree with some people's body chemistry. If I have even one junk food (candy, ice cream, chips, soft drinks, etc.) every day, after a few days, my body odor gets bad.

When I switch back to fresh fruits, veggies, water with lemon juice, and a swig of liquid chlorophyll every morning, the smell gets better then eventually goes away.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

I can't find any information on this but since I was diagnosed w/ breast cancer 3 years ago, I too have the most horrid body odor. Not certain I would classify as "skunk-like" more like some harsh chemical. I can say it is so bad that I cannot ride in the A/C car without the windows down. A gagging smell.

The best thing I've found to do is: bathe w/ anti-bacterial soap, dry off, wipe body down w/ alcohol soaked cotten pads, let dry, wipe off w/ Witch Hazel, put on tons of anti-perspirant. Sometimes I also put powder on the bad areas-under arms, groin, feet.

Good luck to you. If something works better for you, please share.

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November 10, 20150 found this helpful

using an anti-perspirant will make body odor worse... your body is designed to sweat out toxins... this prevents that. In addition, no one should use these because of the chemicals in them...in fact there is a huge link to breast cancer.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

Diet and some medications will cause an odor. Garlic will do it too.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

Garlic and pungent spicy and/or hot spices can also cause an overpowering odor.

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful

Could it actually be an ammonia smell? I do know that some people with cancer, etc. can smell of ammonia. It is my understanding that this happens because of the body becoming too acidic from too much protein and/or junk food in their diet. The body has a very powerful pH balancing system and when it kicks in, the person smells like ammonia. When it gets to this point, the person is very, very sick sometimes without many other symptoms. Please see a doctor soon. It could also be something simple like garlic, but don't take it lightly. Also, eating a lot of vegetables and fruits is always a good idea.

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August 20, 20160 found this helpful

ammonia smells are actually the body's way of getting rid of extra protein. it separates one atom to change the chemical composition of the protein to ammonia which can then be released out the sweat glands. TWO EASY SOLUTIONS: 1] eat less protein. we're all guilty. but seriously, Google how much you need. it's a lot less than you think. 2] mix equal parts baking soda + vinegar...allow to 'fizzle down', then use it instead of body wash in the shower. rinse and you should be good to go.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

My husband is diabetic, and before he was diagnosed, he had a Parmesan cheese-like smell to his skin. Turns out it was bacteria growing in the sweat and oil glands,making hundreds of tiny little pimples under his skin. He was prescribed antibiotics,to no avail. Since getting his sugar under control, the problem is gone. maybe you have clogged oil glands,or are not removing bacteria from your body well enough when bathing. Clothes never being bleached can cause odor when worn and body heat warms them up. Bleach everything you can,and take a hot tub bath as hot as you can stand,with a lot of vinegar in the water;soak in it for awhile. Chronic constipation can cause a terrible body and breath odor. Your skin and lungs are also organs of elimination,and must dispose of toxins from within the body too, causing body odor and bad breath. Change your diet, lots and lots of green vegetables. Notice if you have had a change of bowel or bladder habits,and screen for cancer.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

Oh, and another thing; if you are a man, notice if your nighttime urination is especially stinky. My husband's was, it smelled exactly like a skunk.And turns out it was a prostate/diabetes-overloaded kidneys combination problem.

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

Any time you have odor to the body you need see a doc about it because that what you call nerve/glands.

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June 19, 20140 found this helpful

Your body needs lots of water to rid itself of odor (armpit, urine, groin and feet). If you are not on a good diet and lots of water you are going to have problems in this area. It can cause urinary tract infections, blocked glands, and liver problems just to mention a few. Fresh lemon in your water and/or tea with honey and apple cider vinegar all help with this. It can also be a sign of diabetic problems. Talk to the Doc about it, but start drinking more good fluids (4 or 5 20oz bottles a day and no pop.

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