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Fruity Odor on Breath Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your fruity odor on breath symptoms, including 3 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Fruity Odor On Breath Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Fruity Odor On Breath Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced fruity odor on breath. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Liver failure

The liver is a large and important organ in the right side of your belly, just under your lower ribs. It is responsible for countless functions from clearing toxins to processing nutrients to producing vital blood proteins. As a result, liver failure can cause a wide array of symptoms, but the most common are confusion, bleeding, and yellow skin (known as jaundice). When liver failure occurs rapidly (over days to weeks) in someone with no history of liver disease, it is known as acute liver failure. Many things can cause acute liver failure but the most common are acetaminophen (Tylenol/paracetamol) overdose and viral infections such as hepatitis B. Liver failure is a very serious condition which usually requires admission to an intensive care unit. Some cases resolve with time and supportive care, though many of those who suffer acute liver failure will require a liver transplant.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, pain in the upper right abdomen

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Diabetic ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a serious complication of diabetes.

If the body does not have enough blood glucose (blood sugar) available for energy, it will burn fat instead. This forms ketones in the blood. If the ketones build up, the blood becomes too acidic and can begin to poison the body.

DKA can occur if a diabetic patient does not use enough insulin or does not eat enough food, which can easily happen if the patient becomes ill.

The condition is most common in Type 1 diabetics, though it can happen with Type 2 as well.

Early symptoms include dry mouth; increased urination; and high blood sugar levels. Later symptoms are fatigue; vomiting; mental confusion; difficulty breathing; and a sweet, fruity odor on the breath.

Diabetic ketoacidosis can be a life-threatening medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination, blood testing, and urine testing.

Treatment is usually done while the patient is hospitalized and involves fluids, electrolytes, and insulin.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: abdominal pain (stomach ache), fatigue, nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, fever

Symptoms that always occur with diabetic ketoacidosis: being severely ill

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (hhs)

Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state is a very serious sudden complication of type 2 diabetes in which blood sugar is dangerously high.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, severe fatigue, fruity odor on breath, frequent urination

Symptoms that always occur with hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (hhs): being severely ill

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fruity Odor On Breath

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you recently suffered from an infection of any kind including a cold or the flu?
  • Are you feeling less alert than normal?
  • Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Have you felt excessively thirsty?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Fruity Odor On Breath Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced fruity odor on breath have also experienced:

  • 7% Fatigue
  • 6% Chronically Bad Breath
  • 4% Headache

People who have experienced fruity odor on breath were most often matched with:

  • 35% Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • 35% Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome (Hhs)
  • 30% Liver Failure

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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