I recently started watching Star Trek: Enterprise, and a prominent issue raised by T'Pol and other Vulcans—namely, the monks in "The Andorian Incident"—was human odor. One of the monks at the temple said that "the smell must be unbearable," and T'Pol was reportedly given a "nasal numbing agent," and did not eat human food.

I have not watched as much Star Trek as others might have, but was this problem ever mentioned before? And if it was, was it considered as serious a problem as described in Enterprise, a series that comes after most of the others, even if it was set before them?

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    The answers at scifi.stackexchange.com/q/126946/4918 and scifi.stackexchange.com/q/126854/4918 "Does Data smell?" don't seem to answer this.
    – b_jonas
    Jun 21, 2020 at 23:57
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    In Star Trek V The Final Frontier they were interrupted while on their camping trip and back on the Enterprise in the turbo lift Kirk says he could use a shower. Spock looks at Kirk and says, "Yes".
    – user76394
    Jun 22, 2020 at 2:00
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    Well, we know that Neelix reeks, and Worf probably smells to high heaven, too. Jun 22, 2020 at 4:23
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    @HamSandwich Also yes, Worf’s odour is mentioned in DS9 (at least, possibly TNG too) and Klingon’s odour in general is discussed in VOY.
    – Darren
    Jun 22, 2020 at 6:57
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    @Darren: To my recollection, the only discussion of Worf's odor in DS9 was in "Trials and Tribble-ations." One person complaining about it was not actually talking about Worf's odor (he just talked about "smelly klingons" in general - also, he was a klingon in disguise), and the other two were O'Brien and Bashir, who were obviously just messing with him.
    – Kevin
    Jun 22, 2020 at 18:00

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In Voyager "Distant Origin" (S3 E23), two Voth scientists are on Voyager, cloaked. One mentions something about the smell, and the other says "they are mammals" dismissively (or, perhaps, just accepting that as part of field work).

So in the sense that human odor has been mentioned before, the strict answer is "yes".

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    But Klingons and Vulcans also have odor, and if they dismissed it so quickly, it means that they probably didn't need a nasal numbing agent. Jun 22, 2020 at 18:21

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