Medicine

Why Some Diseases Make You Stink

Usually you can tell when you have a disease because you feel the symptoms—a runny nose might mean you've got a cold, while a flutter in your chest could mean something related to your heart. But for some diseases, a doctor can diagnose you with as little as a whiff of your body odor. Learn about three diseases that make you smell really weird—and why.

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3 Diseases That Make You Stink

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Does Disease Have A Smell?

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Smelling Alzheimer's Disease with Peanut Butter

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The olfactory cortex (part of the brain that processes smell) is the first area of the brain to deteriorate in Alzheimer's. 00:32

  2. If one nostril can detect smell much stronger than the other, it may be a sign of Alzheimer's. 01:12

  3. Peanut butter is a smell that is not typically lost as people age. 02:02

Written by Curiosity Staff April 11, 2017