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What The Smell of Your Poop Tells You About Your Health

Admit it: You’ve smelled your own poop before and it definitely didn’t smell like roses.

Everybody poops—and everybody has smelly bowel movements. But what does the smell of your poop actually mean? Well, according to gastroenterologist and YouTuber Dr. Sameer Islam, it doesn’t mean much.

In a recent video, Dr. Islam tackles the age-old question of what poop should smell like, to which there is one universal truth.

“Let me give you guys a little hint here: Your poop is not supposed to be smelling good,” he says in the video. After all, it is waste.

However, according to Dr. Islam, the actual smell of your waste often tells doctors very little about your overall health.

“Even if your stool smells terrible, that doesn’t mean that something bad is going on,” he says. The doctor adds, “If you have a new change in your bowl habits or a new change in your stool color, that is more important than change in the stool [smell].

Yet, there are some exceptions to this general rule. In rare cases, stool smell—along with other indicating signs—can clue you in on some underlying conditions or health issues.

“Sometimes if the stool smells very tar-y or very foul smelling, that could be a sign of an infection or it could be a sign of some gastrointestinal bleeding going on,” Dr. Islam says. “There are certain diarrhea conditions that have a particular smell to them as well. But by in large, the smell of your stool does not give us a good clinical indication of what’s going on.”

So that’s that. We can all flush, light a match, and move on.

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Many different diseases, disorders and conditions can lead to foul-smelling stools. Foul-smelling stools can be a sign of inflammatory disorders, intestinal infections, malabsorption disorders, and inherited medical conditions.

Infectious causes of stool odor

Foul-smelling stools may arise from intestinal infections caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites including:

  • Clostridium difficile bacteria

  • Cryptosporidium parasites

  • E. coli bacteria

  • Giardia parasites

  • Salmonella bacteria

  • Shigella bacteria

Inflammatory causes of stool odor

Inflammatory causes of foul-smelling stools include:

Malabsorptive causes of stool odor

Foul-smelling stools may arise from malabsorption disorders in which your body does not absorb nutrients from food efficiently. Malabsorption disorders include:

  • Celiac disease (severe sensitivity to gluten from wheat and other grains that causes intestinal damage)

  • Short bowel syndrome (nutrients are not absorbed due to intestinal disease or surgery)

Inherited causes of stool odor

Foul-smelling stool is one possible symptom of cystic fibrosis, which is an inherited condition that causes thick mucus buildup in the lungs and digestive tract. Although most people with the disease are diagnosed before age two, some people are not diagnosed until young adulthood.

Serious or life-threatening causes of stool odor

In some cases, foul-smelling stools may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. These include:

Questions for diagnosing the cause of stool odor

To diagnose the underlying cause of foul-smelling stool, your doctor or licensed healthcare provider may ask you several questions related to your symptoms. You can best help your healthcare provider in diagnosing the underlying cause of your stool odor by providing complete answers to these questions:

  • When did your stool odor start?

  • What color are your stools? Are they lighter or darker than normal?

  • Do you have difficulty pushing or moving your stools?

  • What is your current diet? Have you made any recent changes in your diet?

  • Do you notice a change in your stool odor with any particular foods or drinks?

  • What are your other symptoms?

Your healthcare provider may request a stool sample to help in diagnosing the underlying cause of your stool odor.

What are the potential complications of stool odor?

Complications of foul-smelling stool depend on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Identifying and treating the underlying cause of stool odor is important to minimize any potential complications. Because foul-smelling stool can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan you and your healthcare professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

6 Causes of Foul-Smelling Stool

Why does your poop smell bad?

Nobody’s stool smells good. But if the odor is different or worse than usual, it could be a sign of a problem.

Your stool is a product of several things, including your diet, colon health, and your overall health. It’s also a product of your digestive system microbiome. That is made up of microbes (bacteria) that live in your gut.

Most of the time, smelly poop is caused by your diet. It could be caused by eating certain foods or from lactose intolerance. But if it routinely smells bad, you may have an imbalance in your microbiome or a disease like inflammatory bowel disease.

Occasional foul-smelling stool may not require any treatment. But if it continues or you also have other symptoms, like runny stool, more frequent bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain—see your doctor.

2. Irritable bowel syndrome


  • Foul-smelling stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Changes in stool (diarrhea or constipation)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract (gut). People who have IBS may experience diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.

The most common symptom of IBS is stomach pain. Some people with IBS say they experience a bad odor and changes in stool.

If you suspect you have IBS, see your doctor. Although there is no cure for IBS, there are many treatments available to help control your symptoms. Medications include anti-spasmodics (for belly pain and cramps), gut-specific antibiotics for diarrhea, and other medications.

3. Antibiotics


  • Loose stools while you’re taking antibiotics and for a few weeks after you stop
  • Foul-smelling stool

Antibiotics can change the balance of your gut microbiome (mix of bacteria in your gut). This can cause changes in the odor of your stool and its consistency.

These side effects of antibiotics are usually temporary. They either stop after you complete your antibiotics or within 2 to 4 weeks. It’s not usually a cause of concern.

If your symptoms continue and bother you, your doctor may suggest taking probiotics. Your doctor may also recommend treatments similar to those for IBS, such as medications that relieve diarrhea.

4. Infection


Gastrointestinal (GI) infections have many causes, including bacteria, viruses, or parasites. If you have an infection, you’ll usually also have other symptoms, such as diarrhea or abdominal pain.

See your doctor, who will do tests to identify what caused your intestinal infection.

If it’s a bacterial bug, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics. If you have a parasite, they may give you an anti-parasitic medication. If it’s viral, there is nothing to cure the illness. Treatment will focus on staying hydrated and resting.

5. Inflammatory bowel disease


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two types of IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms may develop gradually or they can occur suddenly.

IBD is caused by several factors, including genetics. If you have a parent or sibling with IBD, you have a higher risk of developing it as well. Lifestyle plays a role too. For example, people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s disease.

If you suspect you have IBD, see your doctor. Left untreated, IBD can lead to serious problems, such as malnutrition, bleeding, certain cancers, and overall poor health.

Your doctor should refer you to a gastroenterologist (specialist in digestive diseases) and will do tests to confirm a diagnosis. The goal of treating IBD is to eliminate inflammation so the disease goes into remission (symptoms stop).

This is typically done with medication and changes to your diet. Most people with IBD will have recurrence of symptoms (“flares”). If these are severe, surgery may be required to remove parts of the bowel.

Our stool is a product of multiple factors: our diet, our colon health, body health, and our microbiome (all the microbes that live on and inside the human body). This is a relatively hardy system, but changes in the balance can result in changes in our stool. —Dr. Kumar

6. Celiac disease


  • Oily, foul-smelling stool
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach bloating
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your digestive tract. In people with celiac disease, eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, triggers the immune system to respond. The inflammation damages the lining of the small intestine.

See your doctor if you think you have celiac disease. It is treated mostly by avoiding products that contain gluten. Your doctor will also recommend regular blood tests to check for nutrient deficiencies. This is because the inflammation caused by celiac can make it difficult for your body to absorb the nutrients in food.

Other possible causes

A number of conditions may also cause foul-smelling stool, but it is usually not the main symptom or they’re not very common.

  • Dehydration
  • Internal bleeding
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Colon cancer

Why does my infant have foul-smelling stool?

Babies may have foul-smelling stool for a variety of reasons. They could have a stomach infection, or it may be a sign of something more serious, such as celiac disease or cystic fibrosis. It could also be the result of a vitamin deficiency.

Call your pediatrician if it persists. They may ask you to track when the foul-smelling stool began, any color changes, and how often your infant poops.

Should I go to the ER for foul-smelling stool?

You should go to the emergency room if you have any of the following:

  • Black, tarry stools or blood in stool
  • High fever
  • Severe pain

Some COVID-19 survivors experiencing unpleasant smells


Some COVID-19 survivors can’t seem to get rid of lingering, awful smells that aren’t even there.

“Long-haulers” are smelling smoke, rotten vegetables, even feces, and it may be a while before it stops – if it does.

Even though everyone in Mary Heid’s family came down with COVID-19, she’s the only one to go through this.

“I said, ‘Do you all smell smoke?’ No. And so I got up and I looked all over the house, because it was kind of scary, I thought something was on fire.”

Heid’s new symptom: phantosmia, meaning she smells things that aren’t actually there.

“It does kind of alarm me because if I think if something really was burning, that I would just ignore it.”

Other common post-COVID phantom smells include vinegar, strong chemicals, and garbage.

Why does this happen? Researchers aren’t sure, but they’re trying to figure it out.

“The cells in your nose that are normally responding to odors, which are specialized nerve cells, are somehow not functioning properly and sending an incorrect signal back to the brain,” said Dr. Steven Munger, the director of the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste.

Another idea is that your brain isn’t getting any signals from your nose, so it’s filling in the gaps. When it comes to treatment options, experts say don’t hold your breath.

“There’s no really specific good treatment,” said Dr. Sachiko Koyama, an associate scientist in anatomy and cell biology with the Medical Sciences program at Indiana University – Bloomington.

They hope to have more answers in the future.

“With COVID-19, and the attention towards smell and taste, that definitely increased quite a lot. So we’re taking the opportunity of better understanding how it works,” said Valentina Parma, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University.

For now, Heid may just have to wait.

“I just want it to be out of my body; get out!” she said.

When it comes to how long phantosmia can last, it depends on the patient. It could be days, months, years, or permanent.

Volunteer for a phantosmia study if you’re experiencing symptoms
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Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells | Science

Some Covid-19 patients are reporting that foods including coffee, chocolate and red wine smell awful.
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On a perfect August night, Carol Pitz, a career consultant from Chanhassen, Minnesota, was looking forward to her 25th wedding anniversary dinner, especially because she and her family had spent much of the spring isolating after exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19. She woke up one morning in March, and couldn’t smell or taste anything, then developed a mild cough and fatigue. Not sick enough to be tested at the time, she and her family later tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

Months later, Pitz and her husband were seated at a table overlooking the lake at her favorite restaurant. She ordered the special sea bass and Brussel sprouts, and the dish looked lovely when it arrived. But after a few bites, Pitz had to stop eating. Instead of smelling her food, she was overcome by a foul, and hard-to-describe scent. “It’s a unique smell,” she says. “I don’t even know what it is. It’s like a combination of burnt toast, and something just icky enough to make me sick to my stomach.

What happened to Pitz is not unique. Of more than 4,000 respondents to a multilingual, international study of people with recent smell loss published in Chemical Senses in June, 7 percent reported parosmia, or odor distortion. Facebook support groups dedicated to parosmia and phantosmia, the clinical names for specific smell disorders, have grown drastically in the past few months. Instead of a scentless world, an increasing number of people who lost their sense of smell because of Covid-19 are complaining that things just don’t smell right.

They no longer wake up and can’t smell the coffee; because of parosmia, their coffee smells like burning rubber or sewage. Parosmia is most often an unpleasant smell, a distortion of an actual odor, making many foods smell and taste revolting. Phantosmia is more random, occurring without a scent trigger, uninvited and unwanted. Phantosmias, which can be fleeting or linger, are also usually foul smells, often cigarette smoke or burning wood—or for one poster on Reddit, “everything smells like a more disgusting version of Spaghetti O’s.

Zara M. Patel, the director of endoscopic skull base surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been studying olfactory dysfunction for more than a decade. It’s not unusual, she says, for smell distortions to accompany or follow smell loss. “There are so many viruses that can cause smell loss, not only other coronaviruses, but also influenza viruses and rhinoviruses,” she says. “Many of these viruses also will lead to a parosmia and phantosmia, either as part of the initial deficit, or as the nerves try and recover, but make aberrant connections.”

Smell loss, or anosmia, is such a prevalent symptom of Covid-19 it can be used for diagnosis. A May study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found 86 percent of the Covid-positive patients experienced smell loss. Most people who suffer from sudden onset anosmia from the SARS-CoV-2 infection recover their smell quickly, within four weeks for 89 percent of those in a recent study in JAMA Otolaryngology. But the remaining 10 percent continued to experience smell loss or distortions.

Researchers worldwide have been working at warp speed to unravel the mysteries of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a flurry of preprints and shared data, with a spotlight on the chemical senses, a niche and often overlooked area of study. Early in the pandemic, researchers found that the virus needs to latch on to two proteins, ACE2 and TMPRSS2, found in many parts of the body, including the nose. This suggested that the virus could damage the olfactory neurons which relay aroma information from nose to brain. This July in Science Advances, researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that through bulk sequencing of mouse, non-human primate and human olfactory cells, they located a source of these proteins on the sustentacular cells, which support the olfactory receptor neurons and help transport odor information through the nasal mucus.

“SARS-CoV-2 binds to ACE receptors, which are present in the basal cells, supporting cells and perivascular cells around the neurons in the olfactory epithelium,” says Patel. “So although the neuron itself is not damaged, all the support structure around it is.”

“Those cells that support the regenerative capacity are the ones that suffer,” she says. “We also know that nerves do not function very well within an inflammatory environment. So because of all those reasons, it is not surprising this virus causes smell dysfunction.”

The good news, says Nancy Rawson, vice president and associate director at Monell Chemical Senses Center, a non-profit interdisciplinary research institute in Philadelphia, is that cells in the olfactory epithelium can regenerate after they have been damaged. But that regeneration can take time—up to two years, or more. “If it’s affecting mature neurons, then the immature neurons need to mature fully and connect to the olfactory bulb,” she says. “Then the next wave of neurons needs to be generated to continue that process.”

Rawson says that because the brain is receiving incomplete smell information, “when the recovery process is happening in patches, or recovery is partial in different regions, you may go through that stage of parosmia on the way to a fuller recovery.

The foul smells that characterize parosmia and phantosmia are often triggered by certain foods or smells. According to the first large study of patients with parosmia, published in 2005, the main culprits are gasoline, tobacco, coffee, perfumes and chocolate. For Pitz, coffee, chocolate and red wine smell and taste awful.

Cincinnati resident Nick Roosa shares the same triggers. He started a Facebook Covid-19 smell loss support group after he lost his sense of smell in March. He began suffering from parosmia about two months ago and says, “any food cooked with vegetable oil such as tortilla chips, French fries, chicken wings, tater tots—basically a typical American restaurant’s appetizer menu—has a good chance of triggering these smell distortions.”

As of now, doctors have little relief to offer. In the past, clinicians have deployed antipsychotic, antimigraine, and antiseizure medications, corticosteroids, transcranial stimulation and even topical cocaine for relief from phantosmia and parosmia. An international group of olfactory experts writing in Rhinology advised that no definitive evidence can be found for the efficacy of any specific medical treatment for smell disorders.

But breakthroughs may be forthcoming. Because of the prevalence of smell disorders with Covid-19, more groups are showing interest in the chemosensory sciences. A global coalition of 500-plus scientists have formed the Global Consortium of Chemosensory Researchers, dedicated to open science, data sharing and interdisciplinary research to investigate the connection between the chemical senses and Covid-19. A team at Georgia State University compiled datasets of more than 602 million individual tweets about Covid-19 symptoms since March 10 that are openly available. The Mount Sinai Center for Post-COVID Care in New York is addressing “long-hauler” smell disorders in a clinical trial of fish oil. In the United Kingdom, Jane Parker, an associate professor of flavor chemistry at the University of Reading, is studying the chemistry of parosmia triggers in a research project with AbScent, a smell loss charity.

It’s been six months since Pitz lost her sense of smell, and three months since she developed parosmia. She has started to accept the changes, but laments, “People don’t understand,” she says. “The emotional parts of it are really hard to explain … when some of your favorite parts of life, like chocolate and coffee, are now all so distorted.”



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Smell and taste have a powerful connection to memory and emotion. A specific scent or flavor can transport us to a meaningful place and time, remind us of a lost loved one, or build excitement for a delicious meal. Losing that connection can have a significant impact on mood and appetite, and lead to both physical and mental health concerns.

A recent study of data collected from several countries determined that the loss of sense of smell was one of the top five most common symptoms experienced by those with COVID-19. Fever, cough, fatigue and trouble breathing are the other four most common symptoms.

While most people regain their sense of smell along with the sense of taste that is also commonly lost due to COVID-19, some people don’t regain these senses for weeks or longer after their recovery. Researchers are currently investigating whether the coronavirus affects sensory neurons in the nose, rather than simply causing inflammation and stuffiness, as you might experience during a cold.

“People may be familiar with changes to their sense of smell and taste during common colds, but we’re finding that COVID-19 might actually lead to a change in the cells of the nose,” says Dr. Eric Mair, chief of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. “While most people regain these senses after recovering from COVID-19, we are seeing some ‘long-haulers,’ or people who have symptoms for months, not regain their ability to smell and taste for extended periods of time.”

According to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), approximately 10% of people with COVID-19 are long-haulers. However, because the disease is so new, it is currently impossible to know exactly how many people will experience symptoms beyond the normal timeframe of about two weeks, and when — or if — those that lost their sense of smell and taste will regain them.

“There is no way to tell exactly who will experience symptoms longer than others,” Dr. Mair says. “Some who had mild cases may experience lingering symptoms, such as loss of smell and fatigue, while others with more severe cases may fully recover. What’s more, the lingering symptoms may not have appeared during the early days of infection, but arise later and persist for months.

While the loss of these two senses does not seem to be one of the more dangerous symptoms of COVID-19, it can cause distress for those who experience it. People who say their sense of smell or taste was affected by COVID-19 report one or more of the following:

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  • A total loss of taste
  • A constant smoky, burnt plastic, chemical, bitter, sour, feces-like or soapy smell
  • A metal-, chemical- or plastic-like taste
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

While the loss of smell or taste due to COVID-19 is usually treated at home and most people will see the issues resolve or improve over time, Dr. Mair recommends that people talk to their doctor about persistent issues. Treatments, such as topical corticosteroids and olfactory training — the repeated sniffing of a set of odorants such as lemon, rose, cloves and eucalyptus a few times a day for three months or longer — can be effective.

“We know COVID-19 affects both physical and mental health in a variety of ways,” Dr. Mair says. “However, research also tells us smell and taste are linked to our memories and emotions, and their loss can lead to depressed mood and anxiety. It is important to work with your doctor to determine what treatments, both medical and psychological, might help as you recover from COVID-19.”

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When heading to the gym, each of us decides in his own way what to wear: it can be an old stretched T-shirt from ten years ago, a T-shirt from last season’s collection, or special sportswear with specific functions, developed using new technologies.

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Experts have come to the conclusion that synthetic materials smell much stronger than natural materials such as cotton or wool.

Curiously, sweat is not the point here: our sweat itself is odorless.

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Dr. Rachel McQueen of the University of Alberta in Canada, after examining samples of knitwear made from polyester, cotton and merino wool, suggested that one of the reasons for the dramatically different odors in these fabrics is the different texture and dynamic characteristics of natural and synthetic fibers.

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The smell of fish, tobacco and carrion instead of the smell of perfume, fried meat and household chemicals – some patients who have undergone COVID-19 complain about this.At the same time, all of them during their illness suffered from anosmia – a complete lack of smell. The doctors told Gazeta.Ru why this symptom develops and how the recovery process can be accelerated.

One of the consequences of coronavirus infection can be a distortion of the sense of smell – this symptom sometimes manifests itself in those who have suffered a loss of tastes and smells, weeks or even months after recovering from the disease. Russians who suffered from COVID-19 told Gazeta.Ru about this.

Earlier, representatives of the American charitable organization AbScent announced this consequence of the infection – the fund supports people with olfactory disorders, collects information from thousands of patients with anosmia (loss of smell) and parosmia (distorted sense of smell) to help develop treatment methods.

According to AbScent, many COVID-19 patients report a “disgusting” smell of fish or sulfur, as well as a “sweetish unpleasant odor.” Moreover, in most cases, the symptom is observed in patients who, during the illness, complained of a complete loss of smell.

So, 22-year-old Alexandra Kravchenko (name has been changed) from Moscow told Gazeta.Ru that she contracted the coronavirus at the end of September – on the third day of illness, the girl completely lost her sense of smell, and she also stopped distinguishing between tastes.

“This went on for about a month. Then, all of a sudden, at dinner, I tasted mushrooms, I was very happy, but the smells never came back. After another couple of weeks, I splashed myself with perfume and realized that I was vaguely smelling something, but that smell was far from how my perfume really smelled. It did not cause any unpleasant sensations, ”said the Muscovite.

Over time, Alexandra’s smells returned in full, but in early December – the third month after her recovery – the girl began to feel that more and more things smell different from usual.

“Once I was walking through the city and realized that I was haunted by the sugary-sweet smell of a mixture of burnt onions, acetone and burning. This is difficult to explain, because such a smell does not exist in nature. It turned out that they were smoking sweet cherry-flavored cigarettes nearby. Then this smell began to appear when I used cosmetics, brushed my teeth, cleaned the apartment with household chemicals, ”complained Kravchenko.

According to her, this symptom has worried her for a month.“I would like to believe that it will pass over time,” the girl hopes.

A similar story happened with Ekaterina Popova from Pskov. “I got sick with Covid in November, my sense of smell and taste completely disappeared by about the third or fourth day. At the moment, I still don’t feel some aromas, ”the woman told Gazeta.Ru.

When the sense of smell began to partially return, the smell of tobacco smoke began to haunt Popov. “They smelled so strong that it chilled in the nose and watery eyes. I took out my husband, opened the windows wide, we started to choose filters in the hood.

I could not sleep – for four nights in a row, at first I could not sleep, and then I woke up in the middle of the night from the smell of tobacco. I started to feel sick from this smell, from lack of sleep I became nervous, I wanted to cry “,

– said Catherine.

She managed to cope with this symptom on her own. “I decided to make a diffuser with tea tree oil (I took the usual one from the pharmacy). I breathed it quite intensively in the evening, and put it next to the bed at night.I don’t know if this is a coincidence, but after a couple of days the smell of tobacco smoke disappeared, ”Popova concluded.

Anastasia from Yekaterinburg had to wait for about five months for the adequate perception of smells to return. “About a month after recovering from covid, I came to visit a friend and started to feel sick from the smell of food being cooked. There was a feeling that human flesh was being fried, a terrible smell of rot, “the girl said in an interview with Gazeta. Ru.

“The smell of carrion” was felt by the interlocutor of the publication every time she cooked meat or eggs.Due to the symptom, Anastasia even began to have panic attacks.

“At first I was treated with B vitamins, but nothing changed. Then she decided to just wait, and indeed – five months of torment ended, and everything came to naught. I think that due to the characteristics of each organism, it may take a different time for the receptors to recover, ”she concluded and added that when faced with this symptom, special attention should be paid to your psychological state.

The chief physician of the Semeynaya clinic, Alexander Lavrishchev, explained to the Gazeta.Ru “that parosmia – a distortion of odors – occurs because the coronavirus affects not only lung tissue, but also the nervous system.

“At the same time, olfactory dysfunction is a pathological process that takes time, but the virus does not immediately colonize the entire body,” the doctor said.

As the infectious disease doctor Anna Balandina noted, in her practice parosmia was found only in those who had anosmia in the acute period of the disease – a complete absence of odors. “Therefore, I can assume that the distortion of the sense of smell is associated with the gradual restoration of the functions of the olfactory nerve,” the expert told Gazeta.Ru “.

Candidate of Medical Sciences, neurologist Gulnara Akhmadeeva agreed with her. According to her, in this case, it is possible to draw a parallel with the compression of the nerve with an uncomfortable position of the limbs.

“At this time, anesthesia develops – loss of superficial skin sensitivity. As the active position is restored in the arm / leg, paresthesias gradually appear – not very pleasant altered subjective sensations such as crawling creeps. And then – the sensitivity is restored.So it is with the sense of smell, ”the doctor explained to Gazeta.Ru.

In this case, the period of the final restoration of the sense of smell differs from case to case. “The observation period is very short, it’s impossible to say exactly how long it takes to eliminate the symptom. But according to my observations, it definitely goes away in six months, ”Anna Balandina emphasized.

At the same time, the recovery process can be accelerated by proper stimulation of the olfactory receptors with various essential oils, simultaneously connecting visual and mental mechanisms, visualizing images of what you are smelling, Gulnara Akhmadeeva believes.

It will also be useful to contact a qualified specialist. “A good ENT will help relieve swelling from the bulb of the olfactory nerve. But in general, in most patients, this symptom goes away by itself, ”concluded Alexander Lavrishchev.

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There is too much “sulfuric” food in the diet

If a person eats foods high in sulfur – meat, dairy products, garlic, cabbage – the intestines work harder than usual and produce more gas. Even with normal digestion, they give the stool an extremely unpleasant odor.

Lactose intolerance

If the intestines become “explosive” every time you eat your favorite ice cream, this is an alarm signal. Probably, the body lacks an enzyme that breaks down lactose.Therefore, food is not digested properly, fermentation occurs in the intestines, unpleasant gases accumulate. The feces also begin to smell sharply, unbearably.

Love for unhealthy foods

Do you like fatty food, fast food and convenience foods? And in this case, the body may not have enough enzymes to completely break down fats. Digestion will slow down, more gases are generated than usual, and the feces will be more foul-smelling. Plus, processed food contains a ton of synthetic ingredients that your digestive system won’t like either.

Taking medications

Often the tablets are coated with a special sugar that ferments in the intestines and makes the stool smell in an unusual way. Antibiotics and hormones by themselves can slow down the movement of masses through the intestines, the absorption of nutrients and provoke excessive gas formation. If you feel like spraying the air freshener for a long time after taking your medication, try talking to your doctor about alternative medications.

Bowel diseases

When pathology develops in the body, the body is unable to absorb the required amount of nutrients from food.Perhaps the intestines are colonized by pathogenic bacteria or other gastrointestinal problems have arisen. It is advisable to revise your diet, if necessary, go to the doctor.

Overkill with alcohol

Alcohol entering the blood inevitably affects other organs – the stomach, intestines, changes their motility, wall permeability, flora. In addition, alcoholic beverages are high in sulfate, which leads to the formation of foul-smelling sulfide gases in the colon. The result is diarrhea, a sharp change in the smell of stool.

Taking food additives

Some dietary supplements – for example glucosamine and chondroitin, which are good for joints – include a lot of sulfate, which intestinal bacteria convert into sulfide gases.

When do you need to see a doctor immediately ? If other symptoms join the odor problem: the feces become black, blood, mucus and other atypical inclusions appear in it.

Earlier Yellmed talked about why urine smells too unpleasant.

90,000 The smell of sickness. What does the body smell like in this or that pathology? | Healthy life | Health

According to scientists, people choose their soul mate precisely by their body odor. It is believed that it is the sense of smell that allows you to select a partner with the most appropriate set of genes. After all, a person is able to secrete pheromones: substances that are of interest to the opposite sex. However, there are situations when a particular smell emanating from the body should be perceived as a distress signal.After all, he can talk about the presence of a rather serious disease. Doctors say that some diseases have their own “flavor”. How exactly diseases smell and what you should pay attention to when a new smell appears – in the material of AiF.ru.

Smell Test

Doctors have long begun to use the unpleasant odor emanating from the human body as an option for the primary diagnosis of various diseases. After all, the repulsive amber is a clear signal that metabolic processes have been disturbed.This often occurs against the background of the development of certain pathologies.

The bacteria that colonize the skin survive the previous colonies that were “healthy”, and the waste products of the new ones start to smell differently.

Smells like acetone?

If sweat acquires the smell of acetone, it is worth checking for pathologies such as:

  • Various endocrine pathologies associated with diabetes
  • Problems with the digestive system
  • Disorders of the liver and kidneys
  • Human infection with microbes, bacteria and viruses

All this can lead to an imbalance in the body, due to which general dysfunction is noted. It should be understood that diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of the appearance of acetone odor from the body. This is attributed to the fact that a person develops insulin deficiency. Glucose begins to break down worse, and an excess of it becomes the cause of a change in the composition of the blood and a deterioration in metabolism: from this, the number of ketone bodies in the body begins to increase. The body actively removes excess, including along with sweat: hence the appearance of a sharp acetone amber. It should be understood that this condition is fraught with serious health problems and often indicates the approach of a diabetic coma.

Also, the smell of acetone can be observed if the kidneys are affected. In this case, in addition to the characteristic “aroma”, the person will exhibit such symptoms as edema, problems with urination, pain in the lumbar region, increased pressure, and the smell of acetone from the mouth.

If the acetone odor from the skin is accompanied by a sharp loss of kilograms with persisting appetite, irritability and insomnia, it is said that the cause of the problem may be a malfunction of the thyroid gland.

Smell of a cat

There are situations when a person begins to smell of cat feces. In this case, the body also signals possible malfunctions. So, for example, the smell of urea appears when:

  • Kidney and liver diseases
  • Pathologies of the endocrine system and VSD
  • Tuberculosis
  • Obesity
  • Disorders in the digestive system

Kidney problems are among the common causes of this odor.After all, if their work does not work properly, the whole body as a whole reacts painfully to this. Moreover, it should be understood that the smell of urea in this case will be strong, and it will be impossible to cope with it with improvised means: they do not take such deodorants.

A problem develops due to the fact that protein breakdown products are excreted through the sebaceous glands. Doctors in this case talk about uricidosis, which can result from chronic nephritis, pyelonephritis and uremia.

Vinegar smell

A person’s sweat can sometimes smell like vinegar.It is important to understand that the appearance of such a symptom is accompanied by increased sweating. Among the reasons due to which such a problem may develop:

  • Endocrine disorders
  • Lack of vitamins D and B
  • Infectious and inflammatory diseases of the lungs
  • Mastopathy

When it comes to disruptions in the endocrine system, the body may be deficient in iodine. This immediately leads to an unpleasant odor.It is quite possible to recognize tuberculosis by the vinegar smell from the body, because in this case, symptoms such as severe cough, fatigue, weakness and fever will appear. Women are not advised to ignore this smell: it may indicate serious breast problems.

Other options

As soon as the body odor has changed, turning into something intolerable, it is worth visiting a doctor as soon as possible. After all, a different smell can indicate various pathologies, some of which are rather difficult to treat.

Body odor

Potential disease


Problems with metabolism

Putrid or sweetish


Sheep wool (wet)

Disorder of the adrenal glands

Hydrogen sulfide

Ulcer, dyspepsia

Rotten meat

Cancer problems

The smell of old age

Problems with hormonal levels

Ripe apples

Condition before hypoglycemic coma (requires immediate hospitalization)

Expert opinion

Mehman Mammadov, professor, d. MD, expert of the “League of the Health of the Nation” :

– The body smells with various metabolic disorders. For example, due to impaired glucose metabolism, the number of ketone bodies increases and their accumulation on the skin gives an odor. This is characteristic of diabetes decompensation. Urea odor is end-stage renal disease. The characteristic smell of the skin, as a rule, is a sign of a malfunction of the organs associated with metabolism – these are the kidneys, lungs, and the liver. Ulcerative-inflammatory skin diseases can also smell.

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90,000 20 dishes you definitely DO NOT want to try

Fried kui, “smelly heads”, cookies with wasps and pancakes with blood – the SkyScanner is convinced that a man is really omnivorous, and his culinary imagination knows no bounds.

No, this is not another collection of ready-to-hatch duck germs, fried cockroaches, rotten herring and maggot cheese. We all saw it too, and even tried a lot. Unpleasant, but no more.In order to find truly disgusting dishes, we had to greatly expand the geography of our search. As a result, we got a selection of the most real culinary horrors, from the names of which it is a little dull.

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1. Eyes of Tuna – Japan

In Japanese stores you can often find strange packages that “stare” at customers with huge fishy eyes.And in many cafes that serve sushi, you will be offered to taste these eyes cooked – stewed or lightly fried. The pleasure, in our opinion, is dubious: under the “rubber” shell is a soft fatty substance, somewhat reminiscent of the taste of a squid or octopus.

Photo: Kenneth Berger, CC BY-NC 2.0

Whitlacoche or “corn truffle” is a fungus that infects corn kernels. Spores penetrate the ear, grow and change it beyond recognition. It is difficult to imagine who could have thought of trying something so ugly and inedible for the first time, but the fact remains: in Mexico, whitlacoche is considered a valuable product, and numerous dishes with it are a delicacy.

Japanese cuisine and seafood are practically synonyms, so it is not surprising that most of the local “horror movies” also come from the depths of the sea. Shiokara is not as popular and widespread as the same sushi. Perhaps because it is a squid (most often), pickled in its own entrails and “forgotten” for a month in an airtight container.We do not know anything about the taste of this dish, but considering that the fresh insides of sea inhabitants are also disgusting, we guess that they do not get better in fermented form.

4. Fried Spiders – Cambodia

In Southeast Asia, everything that crawls, flies or swims is fried and eaten. Crickets, cockroaches, scorpions and locusts can be seen and – why not? – try even in the center of Bangkok. But the inhabitants of Cambodia went further and, either from hunger during the bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge, or out of simple Asian curiosity, they began to fry spiders.Traders carrying trays full of palm-sized black tarantulas are most commonly found around Skuon town on their way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

5. Maktak – Canada, Greenland, Chukotka

The traditional food of the Inuit and Eskimos is the frozen skin and subcutaneous fat of the bowhead whale, narwhal or beluga whale. It is most often eaten raw, sometimes fried in breadcrumbs. From the point of view of survival in the harsh conditions of the Far North – a valuable source of vitamins C and D.From a culinary point of view, no, it doesn’t taste like chicken at all.

Photo: Magalie L’Abbé, CC BY-NC 2.0

Another northern dish, invented not from a good life and inherited by Iceland from the Vikings. Once upon a time, the easiest way to fish in local waters was the polar shark, whose meat in its natural form was not suitable for food due to the high content of urea. Therefore, the caught sharks were butchered and buried in stones for a couple of months, during which the urea left the rotting meat along with the juices flowing from it.Then the meat was dried in the fresh air for another 2-4 months. Haukarl is cooked in the same way in modern Iceland, however, now this can only be justified by respect for traditions – whatever one may say, but the taste and smell of the dish still resembles a rotten shark.

Photo: Chris Wronski, CC BY-ND 2.0

7. Centennial Eggs – China

A popular Chinese snack is prepared quite simply: eggs are placed in an alkaline medium (most often – a mixture of lime, ash and salt) and hermetically sealed.Not for a hundred years, contrary to the name, but for a period from 15 days to 4 months. After that, it remains only to peel the eggs and cut into slices – by this time the protein will turn into an elastic “jelly”, and the yolk – into a gray-green gruel. For the sake of fairness, it must be said that the terrible thing about century-old eggs is only their appearance: the consistency, of course, is unusual, but the taste and smell are rather neutral, and only the yolk acquires a slight ammonia aftertaste.

8. Biscuits with wasps – Japan

A relatively new word in Japanese cuisine – biscuits with wasps gained popularity in the 21st century.It is rice flour crackers stuffed with pre-cooked wild wasps. It differs from ordinary cookies with a record protein content of insects.

Photo: Foodfanatic83 CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Boiled or stewed silkworm pupae are a popular Korean snack that can be found on street vendors’ stalls, store shelves and bar menus. Beondegi is eaten with sauce and spices, or used to prepare other dishes.Connoisseurs disagree about what taste like beondegi is: some argue – wood, others lean towards rubber.

10. Bird’s Nest Soup – Southeast Asia

This “bird’s nest” for us sounds inedible, and Asian gourmets are ready to pay up to $ 2000 per kilogram of these nests! But do not rush to build a business plan, noticing a family of swallows under your roof – only the nests of swift swallows that live in Southeast Asia are suitable for food. In fact, their nests are dried bird saliva, and the famous soup resembles slime or thick jelly in consistency.What this swift saliva tastes like, we do not know, we have not tried it. Perhaps this soup is still worth the money.

Photo: Janine Cheung, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This traditional Mexican dish is based on the eggs of giant black ants. They are eaten both raw and fried – with tacos and guacamole or stewed with onions and chili peppers. Escamoles is not cheap, which is not surprising – eggs are obtained from deep anthills, teeming with aggressive insects that bite very painfully. However, if you happen to be in Mexico, it is still worth trying escamoles at least once – the dish is considered a delicacy and not only is not dangerous to health, but also, they say, tastes very good.

Photo: Kent Wang, CC BY-SA 2.0

Eating raw fish or meat will surprise no one for a long time, but what about food that tries to escape from the plate? In Korea, you can try sannakchi as a snack – a dish made from freshly cut tentacles of a small octopus, seasoned with sesame oil and still twitching. Despite its eerie appearance and the danger of choking, sannakchi is popular not only among locals, but also among tourists – they say it is really tasty.

13.Drunken Shrimp – China

In our opinion, this Chinese dish will be more terrifying than the wiggling tentacles of an already dead octopus, since in this case it is proposed to eat shrimp really alive. The name should be understood literally: before serving, live freshwater shrimps are marinated in strong alcohol. “Drinking”, they become less mobile and practically do not offer resistance when cleaning and eating. B-rr.

Photo: Vinnie, CC BY 2.0

In fact, Kui is just a guinea pig.But the inhabitants of the Andean region do not give these animals to their children as their first pet and do not conduct experiments on them in laboratories, but breed them on farms and eat them. Most often – fried, less often – stewed with vegetables. They say it’s delicious and most of all like a rabbit.

A traditional Alaskan Eskimo dish. The second name of tepa – “smelly heads” – conveys its essence well. The heads of fish of the salmon family are put in a wooden barrel (sometimes together with the entrails) and buried in the ground for at least a week, more often for several.Smelly Heads are eaten raw and are not considered a delicacy, this dish is a way to use the whole fish without disdaining any nutrients that can be obtained.

Photo: eye dropper, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

16. Blood with milk – Africa

The Russian expression “blood and milk” is taken literally in Africa. Some tribes, in particular the famous Maasai, have to go for tricks in order to survive. A cow in Africa is too valuable a resource to kill for meat, but fresh blood can be obtained with little or no harm to the animal.Mixed with cow’s milk, this blood gives African tribes everything they need to live during droughts and during periods when there is no opportunity to get hold of other food.

Photo: Dietmar Temps, CC BY-NC-SA 2. 0 Photo: Dietmar Temps, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

In general, ordinary pancakes, but instead of milk – fresh blood. Sometimes served with grilled pork or venison. In fact, this dish is rather unexpected than terrible, in essence and taste very close to blood sausage or European “black pudding”.

Photo: Lapplänning Wikimedia Commons

18. Blood Tofu – China

In general, blood in one form or another is used for food in many countries of the world, but in terms of originality of preparation, Asians have no equal here either. In China and Hong Kong, the so-called blood tofu is very common, in fact, pre-coagulated animal blood (most often pork or duck) cooked over low heat. The resulting jelly-like bar is cut into pieces, which are added to soups or stewed with vegetables.

Photo: Amy Ross, CC BY-ND 2.0

19. Mopane Tracks – Africa

Large blue-green caterpillars of the peacock-eyed butterfly are a valuable, and most importantly, free source of protein for residents of many African countries. Caterpillars are collected from trees, boiled and dried in the sun before eating. In South Africa, where mopans are considered a delicacy, they are grown on special farms and are often served even in restaurants.

Photo: Greg Willis, CC BY-SA 2.0

This dish would have been indistinguishable from the usual Asian soup if only the meat of a flying fox was used – it tastes rather neutral.But according to the recipe, the whole fox gets into the soup – with wings, toothy mouth, hair and claws. In some countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific region of South America, bats’ meat is also eaten, but it does not look so brutal – the meat is preliminarily cleaned of skins and other “spare parts”.

Photo: tobze, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

And for dessert – Royal Baby Gaga ice cream from the UK

And, as a bonus, not scary at all. Moreover, you (yes, you personally) have already tried it, albeit in a different form.In the spring of 2015, The Licktators in London launched a batch of human breast milk ice cream. This “taste of childhood” in every sense was timed to coincide with the birth of their second child to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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90,000 10 delicate but important facts about the chair

We all go to the toilet, and although this is not a topic for a dinner party, we should sometimes look at what we usually try to flush down the toilet as soon as possible.Experts emphasize that it is important to know information about bowel movements: what is strange, what is normal, healthy or not.

1. What is the chair made of?

Water makes up about 75% of our stool. The rest, something that often smells unpleasant to us, is a mixture of fiber, dead and living bacteria, other cells, and mucus. Soluble fiber in foods such as beans and nuts breaks down during digestion and forms a gel-like substance that becomes part of our stools.

On the other hand, foods with insoluble fiber like corn, oat bran and carrots are harder to digest, which explains why they come out almost unchanged.

2. Color has a value of

As you may have already noticed, stool color can change depending on the food you eat and other factors. For example, beets can cause stools to turn red and green leafy vegetables to give a green tint. Also, some medicines can cause white or clay colored stools.Be careful if the stool turns black. While it can be harmless, such as from iron supplements or activated charcoal, a dark color can also indicate upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

3. Form also matters

The ideal chair comes out in the shape of a curved log rather than falling apart. This shape, in contrast to the pebble-like shape, is the result of the consumption of fiber, which gives the stool volume and serves as a kind of gluing agent.

Thin stools can be a sign of bowel cancer, which narrows the opening through which stools pass.

4. The nose will prompt the problem

Stool does not smell good, but a particularly pungent stool odor is often a sign of infection. Bad-smelling stools are a side effect of digestive upset caused by giardia, which can often be caught while swimming in lakes. It can also be a sign of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.

5.What’s ok is pretty relatively

Do you go to the toilet at the same time every morning, or can you not go “big” for several days? This is all normal. The main thing is how constant your regime is. A significant decrease in the frequency of bowel movements can be caused by dietary changes, such as less fiber intake. Other factors that affect the incidence of stool include gastrointestinal upset, hyperthyroidism, and colon cancer.

Cultural differences also play a role.For example, people living in the countries of South Asia are much more likely to go to the toilet due to great need than, for example, the British, due to differences in nutrition. On average, about 150 grams of excrement per day comes out of a person, which is about about 55 kg per year.

6. Diarrhea is speed stool

Food digestion takes 24 to 72 hours. During this time, the food you have eaten passes through the esophagus into the stomach, then into the small intestine, large intestine, and out through the anus.

Diarrhea or diarrhea is the result of stool passing too quickly through the large intestine, where most of the water is absorbed. Loose stools can be caused by many factors, including stomach viruses and food poisoning. It can also result from food allergies and intolerances such as lactose intolerance.

7. The chair must sink

Listen for the sound generated when a chair falls into water. Floating stools are often a sign of a high fat content, which can be a sign of malabsorption, in which not enough fat and other nutrients are absorbed from the food you eat.It is often associated with celiac disease and chronic pancreatitis.

8. Venting is normal

Flatulence is embarrassing, but it is the result of harmless bacteria breaking down food in the large intestine, and this is a perfectly healthy process. Our intestines are filled with bacteria that release gas as a byproduct of digestion. Our body absorbs some of this, and releases the rest. It is considered normal to release gases 10 to 18 times a day.

9.Reading on the toilet is not a very healthy habit

Research has shown that the more time you spend on the toilet, especially reading, the more likely you are to develop hemorrhoids or dilated blood vessels around your anus. The longer you sit, the more pressure the anus will have. It can also restrict blood flow to the anal area, which makes hemorrhoids worse.

Most often, a diet poor in fiber leads to constipation and hemorrhoids.

10. Your phone may be covered in excrement

Wash your hands well after using the toilet or your chair will move onto other objects. In a recent study, scientists found that one in six phones is covered in fecal matter, which can spread E. coli.

Since we carry mobile phones with us everywhere, especially where we eat, E. coli, which has moved to your plate, can play a role in the spread of infection.