Why do I ALWAYS smell? Six possible causes of body odour


    Do your pits always seem to smell, no matter how often you shower? Bad odour isn’t just a sign that your deodorant isn’t effective, it could be a sign that you have a serious health condition. Express.co.uk revealed the six reasons that could be behind body odour, according to the Harley Health Centre and the NHS.

    Hot weather, exercise, stress and a number of other things can cause you to sweat more, leading to body odour.

    However, if you’re cleaning yourself properly you should not smell all the time.

    Most of the time body odour will have an obvious cause, but if you notice a change in your smell or you’re sweating too much all the time… it’s time to get to the bottom of the cause.

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    Poor hygiene

    If you’re regularly experiencing body odour, it could be down to poor hygiene.

    The NHS site advises washing your armpits, groin and feet at least twice a day with soap and dry thoroughly, shaving your armpits regularly, and using antiperspirants and deodorants to keep sweat at bay.

    Make sure you’re changing and washing your clothes regularly and opt for natural fabrics like cotton, wool and silk where possible.


    One of the most common reasons for body odour is diabetes, according to the Harley Health Centre.

    The site explains: “When you have diabetes your glucose levels are too high and if your blood sugar is poorly controlled, you develop something called ketoacidosis.

    “Ketoacidosis results not only in a strange breath smell like an old fruit bowl but also a distinctive body odour.

    “You need to get checked out right away if this is happening to you. It’s no joke and no, it can’t wait until next week.”

    Kidney or liver disease

    Another reason for a bad body smell is serious kidney or liver disease.

    The Harley Health Centre site says: “These crucial organs are responsible for processing and eliminating toxins from the body.

    “If they cannot do this, the body will smell differently and more strongly.

    “In addition to changes in urination and other symptoms, this could certainly indicate kidney or liver damage, or disease and it is vital to get checked out by a medical doctor quickly.”

    Overactive thyroid

    Finally, an overactive thyroid can cause the body to smell due to the increase in sweat due to the hyperfunction of the thyroid gland.

    Thyroid dysfunction has many long-term and immediate-term health implications, the Harley Health Centre experts said.

    The site reads: “If you are sweating too much, take it seriously.

    “Overall, strong body odour is likely to have a simple cause but if it is an unexpected and unexplained change or is not going away with the usual changes to personal hygiene, you really should see your doctor.”

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