Contact Us

Doctors Reveal What Different Illnesses Smell Like

Penn Vet Working Dog Center/ YouTube

When it comes to your diagnosis, all it could take is a really good nose. Doctors have admitted that certain illnesses give you a different smell than others.

For example, if you have diabetes your breath tends to smell like nail polish remover. People with liver disease give off a raw fish smell.

The BBC reports these findings, some of which come from Philadelphia’s Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

While humans can’t always pick up these scents there are electronic noses that can do the hard sniffing for us. What are some other scents? A bladder infection makes your urine smell like ammonia, rubella makes your sweat smell like plucked feathers, schizophrenia makes your sweat smell like vinegar and yellow fever makes your skin smell like a butcher shop.

These electronic sniffers can be just as effective as a mammogram in smelling out breast cancer. Patients have often said they noticed a different smell coming from their partner and that’s what told them that they had cancer.

What diseases smell like

Disease What to smell Aroma
Source: Alphus D. Wilson, Manuela Baietto, “Advances in Electronic-Nose Technologies Developed for Biomedical Applications”, published in , published in Sensors
 Anaerobic infection Skin, sweat Rotten apples
Bladder infection Urine Ammonia (window cleaner)
Diabetes Breath Acetone-like (nail polish remover)
Liver failure Breath Raw fish
Rubella Sweat Freshly plucked feathers
Schizophrenia Sweat Mildly acetic (vinegar)
Scrofula Body Stale beer
Typhoid Skin Freshly baked brown bread
Yellow Fever Skin Butcher’s shop

 

 

More from Lite Rock 96.9

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://literock969.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Lite Rock 96.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Lite Rock 96.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!