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Why does hypoglycemic sweat stink so bad?

I am a type 1 [insulin-dependent] diabetic, and sometimes at night, when I haven't eaten enough to cover the insulin I took that evening, I 'bottom out': my blood sugar goes down very low and I wake up bathed in sweat and must go searching for orange juice. My question is about this: The nighttime sweat from low blood sugar just... stinks. It is powerfully rank sweat, as though I had not washed in many days. My partner agreed, he has noticed that it is different from any other sweat I sweat. "You NEVER smell like that any other time. It's a low blood sugar thing." Yet only at night! I also become clothes-soakingly sweaty if low blood sugar happens during the day, BUT it seems 'normal', the same as when I exercise. Can anyone tell me why this might be? Why is the night-time hypoglycemic sweat so incredibly smelly? [more inside]
posted by st looney up the cream bun and jam on Aug 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Smells like clean spirit

Can someone identify the clean soap (or other laundry product) smell I keep noticing among hispanics? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Aug 2, 2009 - 8 answers

What would be the adult equivalent of Axe body spray?

I need a body spray recommendation for a middle age guy. Can anyone recommend anything that won't make me smell like an over-cologned teenager hoping to be the next star of an AXE commercial? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jul 24, 2009 - 26 answers

Why will dogs eat these things?

Given their acute senses, why do dogs eat gross things? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 on Jul 19, 2009 - 27 answers

Clean Shirt but Smelly Underarms?

I'm a clean guy by nature, I take showers daily, and use deoderant. The problem is when I do any kind of physical work that's not too strenuous (aka dancing, carrying bags) my armpits sweat a bit, but not a lot, but the smell is strong! The result of this that I'm forced to throw a perfectly clean t-shirt into the laundry bag just because the underarm areas smell. Is there any way to kill this smell, I feel like I'm wasting money on cleaning clean shirts :\ Any and all advice is welcome!
posted by wildrain2008 on Jul 19, 2009 - 27 answers

Professional smell tester - am I part dog?

Could I be a professional smell tester with my dog like nose? [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Jul 5, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I smell like my dog?

How do I learn to smell like my dog? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Jun 23, 2009 - 16 answers

My basement smells of decaying fruit. Help!

My basement smells like rotting fruit. What is causing it and, since I'm thinking it needs dehumidifying, any dehumidifier tips or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell?

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell? [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Silicone smell in condo

What is the cause of the slightly silicone/leathery/car interior smell in my condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 18, 2009 - 7 answers

But Mom it is totally legal!

How do I cover up cigar smoke in my clothing? Legal age, but would rather not explain to the parents. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 27 answers

Cat-Pee To Meet You

How do I manage litter box odour in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Apr 2, 2009 - 64 answers

What is this vintage cable smell?

What's that stinky smell that old audio cables have? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Mar 17, 2009 - 3 answers

My brain hurts!

Identify this smell filter: I just used some McCormick brand vanilla extract and it smells exactly like kindergarten. My husband agreed. Our only guess is that it smells like the paste we used to use with the little stick shown here with Ralph Wiggum. [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Mar 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Open second story windows = nasty cat reek. Advice?

Open second story windows = nasty cat reek. Advice? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Mar 8, 2009 - 10 answers

so fresh and so clean

Please recommend some body washes and laundry detergents with a lasting smell. [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Mar 2, 2009 - 22 answers

My fish smells like fish!

How do I get my shells to stop smelling like fish? [more inside]
posted by dame on Mar 1, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts?

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Feb 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Smells like teen spirit

Has my camera been hitting the bong? [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Feb 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Gee Your Cat Smells Terrific

Most scoopable cat litter has a fragrance added. Normally we hunt for unscented litter, since the scents linger on my cat and he smells like air freshener. We accidentally bought a 40 pound tub of super scented litter. Is there any way to make it less aromatic or remove the smell from the cat?
posted by 26.2 on Feb 18, 2009 - 9 answers

What could a sudden strange chemical smell be?

A sudden, strong, strange chemical smell in the house. What could it be? And how might we find out? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Feb 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Smelling-Nose Dog?

My fiancee and I are both anosmic. We've joked about needing a smelling-nose dog, but is that possible? Could you train a dog to recognize and alert you to certain smells? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Robson on Jan 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Anisole is to anise seed as 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline is to ???

Is there a descriptive list of aromatic compounds that is more complete than this wikipedia article? i.e. cis-3-Hexen-1-ol (fresh cut grass), Oct-1-en-3-one (blood, metallic, mushroom-like) [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me sniff out the right wine aroma kit!

What wine smell kit do I need? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 10, 2008 - 2 answers

My car vents stink. How can I get rid of the smell?

My car vents stink. How can I get rid of the smell? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Dec 8, 2008 - 8 answers

New house smells like...bread?! And what to do about it!

So, you all have been following my travails in Seattle living for a while now. In Craigslist, I thought I found the perfect room - furnished, nice roommate (who is also the landlord), clean, in a new house, and in a good location. But, the whole house smells like sweet, yeasty wheat bread, and my asthma is not amused. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Dec 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Do all London fridges stink?

I've searched supermarkets all over West London for something that'll de-stink my fridge. Bicarbonate of soda, branded products, I just can't seem to find it any more. Do you know where I can find some bicarbonate of soda or a similar fridge de-stinking product?
posted by almostwitty on Nov 25, 2008 - 13 answers

burping sulfur rotten egg smell

My husband has been burping with a sulfur/rotten egg smell attached. He also complained about being very gassy. I looked on Google and every article posted was from 2004. This is only the second time in his 42 years that he has experienced this. It usually lasts for 1 week. He takes high blood pressure meds, with high cholesterol meds. He needs a fast remedy, any ideas. Right now he is taking Peppermint Gels w/ginger and fennel oils (2xday) Thanks.
posted by kevnmo on Nov 12, 2008 - 23 answers

My feet stink!

My feet stink, all of a sudden, and I can't figure out why! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Anosmic reversal--can you smell again?

Are you or your child anosmic? As in can't smell anything? Have you found a way to reverse your condition? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson on Oct 24, 2008 - 23 answers

Phantom "green" smells.

Am I overly sensitive to a "green" chemical? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Nosefilter: what might be causing this (bad) smell?

Nosefilter: what might be causing the weird (bad) smell coming from my significant other's nose? I know you're not my doctor, but this funky mucus-y smell eminates from his nose every year starting around this time and gradually fades away in the spring/summer. Has anyone else encountered this? Any recommendations for home remedies or what specialist would be best suited to provide diagnosis (ENT)? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Oct 17, 2008 - 17 answers

What's that smell?

My apartment started smelling really bad two days ago. Like some kind of solvent or glue, a chemical smell, strong enough to give me a headache. Could the wood floors that were refinished a few months ago be causing it? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Oct 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Other than hope

What does Barack Obama smell like? [more inside]
posted by boy detective on Oct 7, 2008 - 22 answers

I want to heat and eat food not emit it.

How can I make sure my clothes and bedding don't smell like food if I'm cooking only a few feet away? [more inside]
posted by 913 on Oct 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Neglect my ride

How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Oct 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Shower causing bad smell

An extremely foul smell (not a shit smell -- I can't place it) has been starting up in my bathroom a short time after the shower is turned on. It doesn't seem to be the water itself that smells, but I can't tell where the smell comes from. When the shower is off, the smell eventually clears and doesn't return until the shower is turned on again. Any idea what could be going on?
posted by Cucurbit on Sep 28, 2008 - 21 answers

How to clean Musty Towels

How can I get this awful, musty smell out of my towels? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Sep 17, 2008 - 20 answers

You rolled in WHAT?

My dog rolled in human feces last night. The smell is clinging to her fur. What will get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Sep 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Help for a musty room?

Help for a chronically musty room? Though I keep my bedroom clean, organized and vacuumed it's always got an "old closet" smell. It's not terrible, but it's definitely noticeable upon entering. Any tricks for getting rid of it? The catch: I don't want to cover things up with another scent - I just don't want it to smell at all. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Sep 15, 2008 - 28 answers

The smell of fear

I use the same deodorant/antiperspirant every day, approx. the same type of fabrics etc every day. But I find that on days I teach (college level) I come home with a distinctive sharp smell. I'm one of those teachers that has classroom anxiety. Is this the "smell of fear"? Is there such a thing? Is there a way to stop it?
posted by media_itoku on Sep 9, 2008 - 17 answers

What's that spicy smell in Park Slope?

There's something in the air around here lately - Park Slope, Brooklyn - that smells a lot like cloves or clove oil, and a bit like pipe tobacco. It came on strong yesterday afternoon and is still drifting around today. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Aug 27, 2008 - 7 answers

My Room Smells Disgusting. Help?

What is the absolute best/strongest/still-smells-good air freshener that money can buy? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Aug 26, 2008 - 18 answers

Oh god, the smell! The horrible horrible smell!

Oh my god. Worst smell ever, of all time, in my kitchen. Best I can describe is a combination of fermented rice, lots of fish sauce, maybe a bit of turpentine...really horrible. Basically we waited a couple of days too long to empty the garbage, something fermented and leaked in the bag, then it got all over the floor when we tried to take the bag out. How do I get the smell out? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Aug 25, 2008 - 20 answers

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.) [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Where's that smell coming from

My boyfriend just called to say his apartment smells like spray paint. He hasn't used spray paint. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Aug 8, 2008 - 9 answers

These DVDs smell!

How do I remove the smell of smoke from DVDs? [more inside]
posted by santaliqueur on Aug 2, 2008 - 5 answers

What are the best delicious-if-you-can-only-get-past-the-godawful-stink foods?

What are the best delicious-if-you-can-only-get-past-the-godawful-stink foods? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate on Aug 1, 2008 - 37 answers

Why does my pan, heating, smell like lighter fluid?

Just started heating a newish stainless steel Alclad pan and noticed a weird smell as I was throwing onions into them (I've used it a few times before, and have never noted any strange odor). The best description I can think of for the smell is a charcoal grill, or lighter fluid. There was a whitish residue on the pan before I started cooking, which I thought was just hard water markings, but it could have been dish soap, too. Can soap smell like this when heated in a dry pan? [more inside]
posted by stance on Jul 28, 2008 - 8 answers

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