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The sweat of men and women have different characteristic odors, according to "Discover" magazine. The odor is not caused by the sweat itself. Bacteria that live on the body ingest compounds present in the sweat, the metabolism of which causes the smell. Men and women have different chemical componen


Eating onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or other cruciferous vegetables can lead to the skin smelling like onions. Compounds in these vegetables are broken down in the digestive tract, enter the circulatory system and are excreted via the mouth, lungs and skin.


Men's Fitness explains that a good way to keep clothes smelling fresh is to pre-treat them by hand before throwing them in the washing machine. For machine-washable clothes and bedding, dilute 2 ounces of detergent in one-half gallon of warm water and scrub the neckline, armpits and other high persp


To prevent excessive armpit sweating consider an antiperspirant, which is different from deodorant, or avoid triggers such as alcohol, heat, caffeine or spicy foods, according to MedlinePlus. Medication, Botox or iontophoresis may also help.


Sweat contains propionic acid, which smells of vinegar. The acid is formed when propionibacteria that live in the ducts of sebaceous glands of adolescent and adult humans break down amino acids.


Sweat smells like vinegar because of propionic acid produced in the ducts of sebacious glands. This acid is a byproduct of amino acids that are broken down by a bacterium that lives in these ducts, according to Medical News Today.


Sweat smells sour due to bacteria that is present in the body. When a person gets hot, the sweat glands open and two substances are released, according to the Mayo Clinic. These substances mix with the bacteria naturally present on the body and may produce a sour odor.


If a person's sweat smells like ammonia, then there is nothing to worry about because sweat naturally has ammonia in it, according to WebMD, and some people have enough ammonia in the sweat for it to actually smell. During intense exercise sessions, the body will produce more ammonia than it usually


While many conditions may cause irritation in the armpits, WebMD notes that intertrigo usually causes a burning sensation along with redness and itching. When a person has intertrigo, the moist, warm skin becomes irritated and often mildly infected. A rash also typically appears between the folds of


The fluids secreted by the apocrine glands mix with bacteria already present on human skin during heavy sweating, leading to the production of the unpleasant smells associated with strong body odor. Apocrine glands work in tandem with eccrine glands, which produce mostly salt and water, and are most