What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor?
May 4, 2011 8:05 AM Subscribe
What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor that goes away the next morning?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last night when I went to bed I noticed in the hour afterwards that I had a really super strong musky ripe odor coming from my arm pits. It was literally enough to wake me up. My girlfriend commented on it in the morning and we ended up talking about how strange it was today. I want to identify what might have caused it.
First, let me say that I know I should see a doctor. And I would love to. I like doctors. I even like visiting with them and talking with them. And I love to get feedback and advice on my health from them. But It's midnight here. This isn't an emergency. I don't have any health insurance. I don't have much income. I don't have any savings. I don't have any way to pay a doctor hundreds of dollars. So if your response is going to be "see a doctor", please include reasons for your suggestion that you would think could make me consider seeing a doctor in spite of how difficult that is for a person in this country without insurance. -Thank you
I can't remember a time when I have given off such a rank odor in the recent past. There are three things I can think of that were different yesterday.
I have been working out at the gym for just over a week, and yesterday I took a BCAA supplement for the second time. The first time was over a month ago and there was no body odor change then. I took another dose of the same BCAA this morning and there was no odor today.
I went swimming for the first time at the gym pool yesterday evening. It's a salt water pool. I've swam in oceans, but never in a salt water pool. I rinsed off in the shower after swimming and before doing a heavy resistance work out.
While swimming I felt very strained in the chest. I was pushing a little too hard and my chest was tight. I thought it might be from the water weight since it's been a while since I have swam. But even out of the water I continued to feel tight.
My workout was very heavy with each exercise to failure. This was a slight change from my normal lighter/higher rep workout. I strained a great deal. But did not sweat much if at all. I rarely sweat much. This level of exertion is only slightly higher than my normal workout.
The odor seemed to start getting very strong about 2 hours after I was done with the gym workout, and falling asleep. It peaked sometime in the night, and was totally gone after I showered and didn't return.
I am 35 years old, male, and have 24% body fat. I'm a little out of shape due to mostly neglecting exercise for about a year. But I have no known health problems or risks. My blood tests come back with high triglycerides the last 2 times I had them done in the last 3 years, but nothing else is out of range. My mother has thyroid problems, but my doctor ran tests to check me and found everything normal.
I am concerned that I may have pushed my heart too hard swimming, and then with the weight training afterwards. My chest is still a bit tight today, and I haven't been hungry like normal. I was feeling a little nauseous, but nothing I would normally notice if not looking for it. I can't find anything indicating that strong body odor could suddenly occur from any kind of cardiac event. Though there are known to be substances released to the blood following a heart attack that they look for when testing after a possible attack.
Is is possible to have a strong odor from any kind of cardiac event like a minor heart attack? Could I have released a arterial blockage of fatty deposit and been exuding it?
Could the salty pool water have sucked "toxins" out of my skin? Could the pool water have introduced new bacteria to my skin? Could the heavy weight workout be so different from my normal one that I was getting a higher protein breakdown load causing odor?
I'm just looking for theories here. I will be monitoring my chest very closely and considering visiting a doctor at the first sign of any trouble.
Thank you all for your responses. I'm posting anonymously so I don't attach smelly arm pits, heart attacks, and hypochondriac to my user name. :-) I may not be able to respond to questions since this is an anonymous post. Hopefully I've given enough detail.