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What makes sweat smell?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You actually have two types of sweat glands that produce stuff that looks and feels like sweat. Most of this secreted fluid serves a beneficial purpose by helping to flush toxins out of your body. It's only the apocrine sweat gland that secretes the odor-the smell that produces part of our identity, attracts mates, and makes you pick the treadmill at the other end of the gym. These glands are located in predictable locations-including arm pits and genitals.
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