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What causes foul odor from perineal area?

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Posted on Fri, 12 Sep 2014
Question: I have been on a strict diet now for two months and I have lost 30 lbs. I have been noticing a foul odor coming from my perineal area. It is not vaginal odor. It as a sour quality to it. I am a nurse and I bathe regularly. I notice the smell at work and I am not even sweating. It is very embarrassing. Please advise.
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Answered by Dr. Richa Agarwal (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You can take some precuation to avoid it.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing to us.
First and foremost important thing about odor that just ask one of your trusted friend whether she can also feel that smell or not?
These sour smell from sebaceous gland situated in the perineal area.
You can not suppress it without using any deoderant.
There are some advises to you-
1) Avoid garlic, onion and sea food in your diet.
2) It can be due to urine incontinence( means dumpness cause by urine in panty)
3) It can be due to infection also.
4) Drink a lot of water
5) Maintain a good hygiene, use cotton undergarment.
If it will not help then go and get your examination done by a gynaecologist.
Hope I have answered your query if you have further questions I will be happy to help you.
Good luck.
Regards
Dr. Richa
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What causes foul odor from perineal area?

Brief Answer: You can take some precuation to avoid it. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. First and foremost important thing about odor that just ask one of your trusted friend whether she can also feel that smell or not? These sour smell from sebaceous gland situated in the perineal area. You can not suppress it without using any deoderant. There are some advises to you- 1) Avoid garlic, onion and sea food in your diet. 2) It can be due to urine incontinence( means dumpness cause by urine in panty) 3) It can be due to infection also. 4) Drink a lot of water 5) Maintain a good hygiene, use cotton undergarment. If it will not help then go and get your examination done by a gynaecologist. Hope I have answered your query if you have further questions I will be happy to help you. Good luck. Regards Dr. Richa