Bad odor is a problem that affects many every day throughout the world. Bad odor can occur in different ways, but often it is due to bacterial formation that breaks down various organic tissues. A by-product of this will be gases that we perceive as smelly. Especially sulfur and nitrogen compounds are usually perceived as extra stressful for humans, while other animals do not have the same problems with these odors.
The human nose consists of thousands of receptors in the nose that capture molecules and convert each molecule into a neurotransmitter into the brain, which in turn creates a sense of smell. A person has about 650 different types of receptors, which together can perceive about 10,000 different scents. Of these, about 80% are estimated to be of a negative nature, ie a bad odor.
Exposed professional groups
Many different occupational categories suffer from bad odors in their everyday lives. Common occupational groups are nursing staff (nurses and nurses) in hospitals, home care, elderly care and ambulance. Other occupations, such as police, emergency services, dentists, cleaners, preschool educators and industrial workers are also largely exposed to smelly situations in their work.
Common causes of the bad odor are incontinence, ulcers and other body odors. In other cases, it may be the nature of the work, such as for remediation work or in the paper industry.
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