It's normal for everyone to have their own unique scent — especially after a sweaty day at the gym — but some people seem to have a stronger smell than others. If you suspect you smell a little more intensely than you should, you might be exhibiting some signs that your body odor is abnormal. Certain diseases and disorders can cause bad body odor, and although a little stinkiness post-workout isn't cause for alarm, if you've noticed an intense smell that just won't seem to go away, you may want to get checked out by a doctor to see if there are any underlying causes.
"Lack of good personal hygiene can certainly contribute to body odor," says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S. over email. "If you are not properly washing regions of the body that are prone to sweating, you may experience body odor. We all have a certain degree of bacteria on the surface of our skin. When the bacteria interacts with sweat, body odor may arise. Abnormal body odor may occur as a result of various medical conditions, including certain infections and metabolic disorders."
If you find that you have some unusual scents coming from your body and you're not sure why, watch out for these six signs that your body odor is abnormal.