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Forum Name: Endocrine Cancers

Question: Body odor


 me720 - Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:37 pm

Hello,
I have been dealing with body odor since I was about 8, I'm now 21. I think this is hormone related but I cannot prove it because I don't know what kind of test to take. I think it is because of I went through puberty at such a young age. I know it isn't a matter of personal hygiene because I spend alot of money trying to slove this problem. What kind of hormone problem can cause this and how could I get it tested and treated? I went to the doctor for this before and took a thyroid test and the results were okay. I don't know if this is correct because I ate before the test. I considering retaking the throid test and also maybe adrenal or pituitary. Another doctor told me to take a diabetes test but I do not think I have this condition because I do not have these symptoms and do not have the sweet scent that diabetes patients have. The odor, I noticed comes mainly from my underarms and underneath my breasts, which is mainly where I sweat from. I sweat through these areas even when I am l cold. CAn you give me the right steps to take to solve this problem?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:44 pm

User avatar Hello,
I would recommend a dermatologist to begin with. There are some conditions aside from heredity that can cause this and there are some treatments a doctor can try and have varying success rates, including prescription antiperspirants, iontophoresis, botox, anticholinergic drugs, and rarely surgery to remove some sweat glands.

Of course it is important to rule out underlying problems but the thyroid testing should be adequate because fasting is not usually required. If your dermatologist suspects another endocrine concern, he/she could request any needed labs.

Good luck.

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