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Asthma and Developing Bad Odors

09/26/2007

Question:

My five year old son has allergies and has symptoms of asthma according to doctors although it is seasonal. My concern is sometimes he has bad smell around him. I wonder whether its anything to do with asthma. What could be causing the smell?(it's not a bad breath smell)

Answer:

Asthma, and the medicines used to treat it, do not typically cause any change in body odor. Some patients with asthma are prone to sinus infections - which can cause bad breath. That situation is about the only time I can recall parents expressing concerns that their child "smelled different."

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Response by:

Elizabeth D Allen, MD Elizabeth D Allen, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University