For the past 6 months or so I have noticed my hands smell different in the morning. I thought it was my imagination so I asked my husband if he could smell my hands. He thought I was pretty funny, but he did smell my hands and was surprized. He thought I had something on them or had cut an onion up the night before and had that lingering odor.
What the heck is this? I am not exactly worried but I am concerned that this could be a precursor to something else. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
Over the past several years, I have noticed the same symptoms you described. However, I have also noticed that the smell occurs through out the winter for me and tends to disappear in the summer months where humidity is high here. The reason I point this out is that my hands are very dry in winter months and I am constantly fighting the cracked skin with lotion or ointments. I have come to the conclusion (after a class in microbiology) that the smell must be due to bacteria that breakdown the dead and skin give off chemicals in the process. Same process as underarm or foot odor.
Our skin typically has bacteria residing on it, just like you have them in your intestines, and they perform nessecary functions like breakdown of toxins. I think the fact that the skin on my hands is so dry causes a "bloom" of these bacteria because there is so much for them to feast on. I have also noticed that using hand cream before bedtime makes it worse - not sure why that is though.
Definitely the most sensible and helpful answer I've come across. I've noticed the same symptoms for about a month. It's winter here, I have extremely dry skin, and it seems to be more prevalent on my right hand (which I tend to clench at night). My only question is whether it might not be a fungal "bloom" rather than bacterial. Fungus tends to be the cause of many a skin condition and it is often difficult to get rid of. Since the anti-bacterial soaps I use haven't made a jot of difference, I plan to test out a mild anti-fungal cream and go from there. Thanks again for your insightful answer.
Help! I'm having the same issue. I can't describe my hand smell in the morning. It's terrible!!! I notice that it's worse on mornings I moisturize my hands at night. How can this be prevented this from happening (besides not moisturizing my hands)? Should I see a doctor? I'm so insecure about it. I feel like everyone can smell them!
I just realized somehow while reading this that the smell is coming from the ring on my finger. I was making turkey burgers the other night and some ground turkey got trapped in the crevis of my ring. I washed my hands afterward and been scubbing like crazy after I noticed the smell. I'll have to use latex free safe cooking gloves next time. Would have never guessed. Wow
I've just begun noticing this after being prescribed aygestin, a hormonal drug. I've also been waking up with a really sour stomach. Not sure if it's the new hormones or something completely different. I know if I ask my doctor, she'll think I've lost it.