Because we are human beings — and are thus covered with bacteria and sweat and other smelly things — we can expect to be a bit stinky at various moments of the day. You likely wake up with morning breath, or get a bit ripe after hitting the gym. And you might notice that your feet don't smell wonderful after a long, hard day. These scents are all typical and thus nothing to worry about. But on occasion, a new or particularly strong body odor can tell you a lot about your health.
Many times, a bad smell can be a side effect of an illness or other health issues, and may be your body's way of telling you something's wrong. So while you shouldn't jump to conclusions or assume the worst, it's important not to ignore new smells, strong smells, or odors that won't go away.
"If you encounter a new smell on your body, it could just be from something you ate. For example, eating a garlicky dish may result in the smell coming out in your sweat," Dr. Olivia Rose, ND and advisor to Remedy Review, tells Bustle. "Therefore it may not necessarily be due to a health issue. However, if any unusual smell persists, definitely check it out with your health care provider."
They can check you for infections, underlying conditions, or other illnesses that can lead to strong odors, and help you to feel well again. Here are a few strong bodily odors you shouldn't ignore, according to experts.