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What causes foul body odor?

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Posted on Mon, 7 Dec 2015
Question: I started going to gym from Aug. From that time, my friends are saying that some bad smell is coming from my body. I am not feeling anything. After two months, I stopped going to gym. But still, friends are saying same.

So I visited one Dermatologist. He said nothing is coming out of my body.

I am in situation that I don't know what to do.

There is no sweat.
This is not hereditary problem. Further, I don't smoke or drink.
I took steam bath once or twice in gym.
Even after taking bath, my friends say that more bad smell is coming out of my body.

Please help me to rectify this.
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Corynebacterium infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for the query.
Bad smell from body is usually due to two reasons.
1. Corynebacterium infection.
2. Intake of food containing garlic , onion and other dyes with smell.
I treat such cases with fusidic acid ointment for topical application in arm pit and skin folds.
Use an antibacterial soap and decrease intake of garlic and onion.
Hope this helps you.
Let me know if you have any other doubts.
Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
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Follow up: Dr. Rahul Kumar (2 hours later)
I have few doubts
1. Why couldn't I getting that smell ?
2. The smell is coming from whole body. Why should I apply for armpits and foldable places.

Can you tell me the name of antibacterial soap ?
Can I use this medicine / ointment without consulting doctor physically ?
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Triclosan soap

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Our nose gets adapted very soon for any smell.
If smell is continuously coming from your body you might not be able to perceive it.
I mentioned folds and arm pit because bacteria grow and multiply here.
Yes fusidic acid is generally available over the counter.
You can use triclosan containing soap.
Just ask any chemist regarding this.
Let me know if you have any other doubts.
Thank you.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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What causes foul body odor?

Brief Answer: Corynebacterium infection Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query. Bad smell from body is usually due to two reasons. 1. Corynebacterium infection. 2. Intake of food containing garlic , onion and other dyes with smell. I treat such cases with fusidic acid ointment for topical application in arm pit and skin folds. Use an antibacterial soap and decrease intake of garlic and onion. Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any other doubts. Thank you.