Could armpit onion smell be connected to my Chronic Kidney Disease?

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Justin
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I found your site from a google search, and then watched the TEDx talk. Here is my situation. One year ago I was diagnosed with CKD stage 3, I am a 44 year old male, and have never suffered from body odor before. These last 6 months I have noticed an increasing onion odor from my armpits, and neither showering nor deodorant have helped. I am becoming more self conscious about it, and have already been out of the dating scene for too long, so this is very upsetting. I just assumed that it was due to my kidney disease, but after doing some research maybe it is bacteria? I would be grateful for any help. You are definitely carrying out valuable work. I live in the US, but can make a visit to Belgium (I think I read that is where you are based). My diet is fairly good, and I am not overweight. My only vice is tobacco snus, which do in fact make me sweat. Perhaps this is the signal to stop such a bad habit. Thank you for you time.

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Hi Justin, thanks for sharing it with us. Body odor can be a sign of an underlying disease. I just went through the list of diseases that are associated with malodors, but chronic kidney disease is not one of them. So most probably the chronic kidney disease is not linked with the underarm odor. Sulfurous odor is linked to specific underarm bacteria. It is very likely that your underarm odor is bacteria-related. Things that make you sweat or nervous are definitely things to avoid in your case. Best, Chris