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Body odor Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Body odor. 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 noticed the body odor?- to determine if acute or chronic
  2. What is your cleaning/hygiene routine?- to establish possibility of body odor being due to poor hygiene
  3. Teeth and gum hygiene?- to establish possibility of anaerobic infections of the mouth as cause
  4. Alcohol history?

    Why: to determine possibility of alcoholism as cause.

  5. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: cigarette smoking is a cause of body odor.

  6. Dietary history?

    Why: certain foods can precipitate body odor e.g. garlic, fish, curry, onions, asparagus.

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

    Why: caffeine can stimulate sweat activity.

  8. Excessive perspiration

    Why: may be cause.

  9. Vaginal or penile discharge

    Why: may suggest vaginitis or urethritis as cause.

  10. Itchy, scaling, odorous feet?

    Why: may suggest tinea pedis (Athlete's foot).

  11. Disturbance of consciousness?

    Why: may suggest alcoholism, diabetic ketoacidosis, renal failure and hepatic coma.

  12. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

    Why: e.g. rapid breathing, vomiting, unwell, dehydrated.

  13. Symptoms of urinary tract infection?

    Why: e.g. painful urination, frequency of urination.

  14. Symptoms of hepatic coma?

    Why: e.g. drowsiness, stupor or coma.

  15. Symptoms of renal failure?

    Why: e.g. poor energy, poor appetite, frequency of urination, need to urinate at night, nausea, vomiting, itching.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Body odor:

The following list of conditions have 'Body odor' 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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