We all get plagued with body odor from time to time, but if it's just coming from your armpits after a sweaty day at the gym, it's likely harmless. However, there are a number of different body odors you should never ignore, as they could be symptoms of other bigger issues. Stinky body parts aren't exactly a glamorous topic, so many of us aren't aware of what's normal and what warrants a trip to the doctor. But becoming knowledgable on irregular body odors can help keep your health and wellbeing in check, even if it freaks you out.
"We all have a very distinct and unique natural scent," says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S. over email. "Some of the odors emitted by our bodies are simply just a part of our natural body chemistry. However, there are certain unmistakable clear-cut changes to how we smell that should be recognized if they arise. It is important to be familiar with your own individual natural scent, so that appropriate medical care may be sought out if there is ever a concerning change."
Here are seven body odors you should never ignore — because they could be a sign that something is off in your body.