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Why do I smell like yeast?

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Why do I smell like yeast?
What medical problems do you have?

Are you taking any herbal supplements?

How are you blood sugar levels?

Have you talked to your doctors about this?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have suffered from clinical depression most of my adult life. I have onset Type 2 diabetes, and since I have a history in my family, my doctor has me on Metformin. She also thinks my Thryoid is low and has put me on 50 mg/dy. This all started within the last couple of years. I have gained thirty pounds, for reasons that allude me. I have never been heavy and I eat well and exercise. It has all centered around my midsection and then I get bloating on top it. Not taking herbal supplements. My doctor said my blood sugars were fine when I last went in. I have talked to my doctor but she seems to either not listen or doesn't think it is an issue. I also need to mention that I am constantly hot and perspire constantly. These things separately probably don't seem like much but combined, and on a daily basis, are making my life miserable.
Diabetic patients are more prone to yeast infections. It is possible that the combination of being a bit overweight, diabetes and the excessive perspiration may be causing some low grade yeast infection.

You may benefit from losing a little weight (not always the easiest thing to do), make certain that your blood sugars are well controlled, wearing cool clothing, avoiding synthetic (clothing that can increase the tendency to sweat excessively).

I would want to be sure that your hemoglobin A1c (the test that checks your average blood sugar over time) is within the desirable range (<7%).

You may also want to see a dermatologist if you are having any rashes.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have had "yeast infections" before, and this is not the same. When I say my skin, and/or perspiration smells like yeast, I don't mean a "fishy" yeast infection smell. I literally smell like bread yeast...I think all of these things are related. The diabetic issue started about 4 years ago when I LOST about twenty pounds very quickly and went to my doctor, thus her diagnosis of onset Type 2, after going on medication, I gained weight, this is not typical with going on Metformin. I am getting so frustrated by general answers that do not generate help or tell we where to proceed next. Why would I get hives for no reason?? I have been to dermatologists with different diagnoses, some with just plain ridiculous cures. Also, it doesn't seem to matter what I wear or what the temp is. I feel like I'm boiling from the inside out & I can tell when it is coming on :(
I am going to opt-out and see if any of the other experts have any other suggestions.
Hello from JA
Excessive sweating, as you mention, can cause bacteria to be more active on the skin, as dried sweat sets up a number of conditions that bacterial like. As a chiropractor once told me, some of us are dump trucks; some are sports cars. Sports cars have a higher sympathetic tone and sweat more. Rinsing off the sweat more during the day might help. Stress reduction, biofeedback training could help. Review your meds with your docs to see which might cause excessive sweating and more importantly can these be substituted or streamlined might be an option. The wrong dose of thyroid medication could imbalance sweating. Cymbalta and seroquel both can have side effects of sweating.

The bloating problems and the excess sweating thus could be synergistic in creating the odor that you are away of.

Hope this information helps and gives you some new direction. The doctor should not just be ignoring your concerns. Good luck and please do not hesitate to get back to me with future questions and to let me know how it goes.
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Constipation can cause body odor. You also might consider finding an open minded/alternative doc who will check yeast counts in your stool as some reports indicate that those with systemic yeast overgrowth can have a "beer like" smell to their skin.
Normalizing bowel flora with a yogurt [I prefer soy or coconut milk to avoid animal milk] that is high quality and has at least 6 bacterial cultures in it might help your situation, and help keep any yeast down in all areas.
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Experience: Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.
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