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Odor symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Odor symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the odor symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Do you know where the odor is coming from?

    Why: e.g. breath, body, stool, foot.

  3. Who has noticed the odor symptoms?

    Why: e.g. may suggest Psychogenic halitosis (i.e. anxiety about breath odor often without having it) if you have noticed the breath odor and others have not.

  4. What is your teeth and gum hygiene routine?

    Why: to establish the possibility of breath odor being due to poor hygiene or anaerobic infections of the mouth.

  5. When was the last time you went to a dentist for a check-up?

    Why: to establish the possibility of mouth or dental disease as cause of breath odor.

  6. What is your body cleaning/hygiene routine?

    Why: to establish possibility of body odor being due to poor hygiene.

  7. Medications?

    Why: certain medications may cause breath odor.

  8. Alcohol history?

    Why: to determine possibility of alcohol as cause of breath or body odor.

  9. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: cigarette smoking is a direct cause of body and breath odor and may increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx and trachea which also may cause breath odor.

  10. Dietary history?

    Why: certain foods can precipitate breath odor or odor to flatus e.g. garlic, fish, curry, onions, caffeine, asparagus.

  11. Caffeine intake, including coffee, tea and coca cola drinks?

    Why: caffeine can stimulate sweat activity and cause body odor.

  12. Excessive perspiration?

    Why: may be cause of body odor.

  13. Dry mouth

    Why: e.g. on waking? - may be cause of breath odor.

  14. Vaginal or penile discharge?

    Why: may suggest vaginitis or urethritis as the cause of body odor.

  15. Itchy, scaling, odorous feet?

    Why: may suggest tinea pedis (Athlete's foot) as the cause of foot odor.

  16. Foul smelling stool?

    Why: may suggest steatorrhea ( fatty, pale colored, extremely smelly stools that float in the toilet and are difficult to flush away) due to excess fat in the stool and are characteristic of malabsorption of nutrients which may be due to celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, previous gastrectomy and cystic fibrosis. May also represent Giardia infection.

  17. Disturbance of consciousness?

    Why: may suggest alcoholism, diabetic ketoacidosis, renal failure and hepatic coma - may all be a cause of breath or body odor.

  18. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

    Why: e.g. rapid breathing, vomiting, unwell, dehydrated - may cause sickly sweet breath odor.

  19. Symptoms of liver failure?

    Why: e.g. jaundice, bruising, swollen abdomen, leg swelling, drowsiness, stupor or coma - may cause sweet breath odor.

  20. Symptoms of renal failure?

    Why: e.g. poor energy, poor appetite, frequency of urination, need to urinate at night, nausea, vomiting, itching - may cause urine-like or fish-like breath odor due to ammonia.

  21. Symptoms of lung or sinus disease?

    Why: e.g. cough, sputum production, fever, shortness of breath, post-nasal drip - may cause putrid breath odor.

  22. Symptoms of throat condition?

    Why: e.g. sore throat, difficulty swallowing, acid reflux - may cause breath odor.

  23. Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

    Why: e.g. painful urination, frequency of urination - may cause body odor.

  24. Symptoms of Giardia bowel infection?

    Why: e.g. abdominal cramps, flatulence and bubbly foul smelling diarrhea.

  25. Symptoms of pharyngeal pouch?

    Why: e.g. long history of bad breath and recurrent sore throats before noticing the common presenting symptoms of regurgitation of undigested food. As the pouch grows it presses on the esophagus and causes difficulty with swallowing. The neck lump changes in size and often disappears.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Odor symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Odor symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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