Unknown Body Odor

Posted by Deprest @deprest, Jan 4, 2012

I need help! I’ve got a bad odor coming from my body, that I can’t smell. Yes it’s hard to explain. Doctors think I’m making it up. In public people avoid closeness, coughing, holding their noses, avoiding me at all cost. I’m a prisoner in my home. Don’t venture out unless low on food and pick times to do it. I’m constantly shamed.im healthy, clean. Homes clean, I can’t explain. Have spent last two yrs going to every type doctor to no avail. My family can’t smell it either. Has anyone heard of this?

@uggbug24

You are absolutely not crazy I’m having the same kind of trouble very clean shower and bathe all the time our family notices there just to scared to tell us this is very depressing it’s no need to talk to people that don’t have the same problem because they just think your dirty and have not showered in a long time this problem has slowed my life down as well I’m in the process of finding my miracle doctor if I do I’ll let you no for the time being try chlorophyll for a lot of others it works!

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Thank you 2!!!!

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Hi deprest, how’s your condition? has it been cured? im experiencing the exact same thing it appeared out of nowhere and i really want to kill myself. i cant smell it but sometimes i do a little but other peoples reaction just tells how strong it is. my family cant smell it neither can the doctor. everyone else can. at leaat im not the only one. have u tried the candida diet? ive also tried tons of things been to countless doctors to no avail.

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Hi @vanz, and welcome to Connect. I’m glad to see you found a group that you’re interested in connecting with. When did you start noticing the body odor? And, are there certain times of the day that you notice it more than others? I know you mentioned that you’ve tried a lot of methods to try and cure it, but I found some information on lifestyle and home remedies from Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20014438).

I hope that you and @deprest, or others in this group, are able to connect on your experiences.

I also want to add that if at any point you start to feel like you may consider hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. Your safety is the most important thing to us.

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@alysebrunella

Hi @vanz, and welcome to Connect. I’m glad to see you found a group that you’re interested in connecting with. When did you start noticing the body odor? And, are there certain times of the day that you notice it more than others? I know you mentioned that you’ve tried a lot of methods to try and cure it, but I found some information on lifestyle and home remedies from Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20014438).

I hope that you and @deprest, or others in this group, are able to connect on your experiences.

I also want to add that if at any point you start to feel like you may consider hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. Your safety is the most important thing to us.

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Hi @alysebrunella . im guessing mine is sweat triggered. so it gets worse as the day progresses. every doctor has dismissed it saying “theres nothing to be done” or “its normal” but if antiperspirants and deodorants dont help me one bit, theres no way its normal. thanks for ur concern

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@alysebrunella

Hi @vanz, and welcome to Connect. I’m glad to see you found a group that you’re interested in connecting with. When did you start noticing the body odor? And, are there certain times of the day that you notice it more than others? I know you mentioned that you’ve tried a lot of methods to try and cure it, but I found some information on lifestyle and home remedies from Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20014438).

I hope that you and @deprest, or others in this group, are able to connect on your experiences.

I also want to add that if at any point you start to feel like you may consider hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. Your safety is the most important thing to us.

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@deprest
I have the same situation
It started a 2 weeks ago
I've been looking for a solution the whole week
thank god i found a group of people willing to help and are facing the exact samd thing
Im writing exams at the moment and it really hurts wen ppl complain abt a smell i cant smell
thy keep on looking at my feet
I think its because of the sweating in my feet .
I really need a solution
I sometimes think of suicide
Have u found a solution yet please help.
Reply wen u see this everyone! !

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@mucho3

@deprest
I have the same situation
It started a 2 weeks ago
I've been looking for a solution the whole week
thank god i found a group of people willing to help and are facing the exact samd thing
Im writing exams at the moment and it really hurts wen ppl complain abt a smell i cant smell
thy keep on looking at my feet
I think its because of the sweating in my feet .
I really need a solution
I sometimes think of suicide
Have u found a solution yet please help.
Reply wen u see this everyone! !

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Hello, @mucho3 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That must be very hard with people complaining about a body odor you can't smell on yourself, and it's understandable you are looking for solutions.

This is a bit older discussion thread, but I'm hoping members like @petere @deprest @margareto will return and offer some input on dealing with this odor that you are wondering about coming from your feet. I'd also like to invite @peabody88 @massie @gailb @johnbishop into this discussion for their insights.

Mayo Clinic has some information on body odor that may be helpful to you:

– On sweating and body odor, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/symptoms-causes/syc-20353895

– On home remedies for sweating and body odor, https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/home-remedies-sweating-and-body-odor/

@mucho3, you mentioned you sometimes think of suicide related to this issue. How are you feeling now?

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Hello, @mucho3 – I'm really sorry you are having to go through this type of problem. I know not everyone has the same sense of smell or ability. Some are gifted with a nose that can smell all kinds of things and some of us (me included) not so much. It might be worth getting checked out by your doctor or maybe try some of the home remedies suggested by @lisalucier. Bravo for you of looking for answers and being an advocate for yourself. I would like to add my welcome to Connect and hope you continue to search for answers.

Please keep asking questions and let us know if you find an answer.

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@mucho3

Welcome to this wonderful community on Mayo Connect. I'm sorry about your body odor issue. My son had the same problem with his feet as you seem to. I also recommend seeing a foot doctor. One of the main problems my son had was his choice of shoes. He's vegan and was wearing shoes that were made of materials other than leather, usually plastic based. His cloth shoes were also a problem because they were well used (old) and absorbed his sweat which spoiled and the odor became sickening. He couldn't smell it either. Since your problem is relatively new, it's probably your shoes. I'm assuming you bathe on a daily basis.

So, my recommendations:
– always wear cotton socks ("Bambas" brand are great; I just got some)
– buy new shoes that are either leather or materials other than vinyl/plastic
– throw away any shoes you are currently wearing as they may have bacteria in them that won't go away even with
washing
– use a foot powder in your shoes.

Try those things as you await a doctor appointment. You might also try deodorant on your feet. Good luck. Please keep in touch and let me know if any of my recommendations is helpful. We're here for you.

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@lisalucier

Hello, @mucho3 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. That must be very hard with people complaining about a body odor you can't smell on yourself, and it's understandable you are looking for solutions.

This is a bit older discussion thread, but I'm hoping members like @petere @deprest @margareto will return and offer some input on dealing with this odor that you are wondering about coming from your feet. I'd also like to invite @peabody88 @massie @gailb @johnbishop into this discussion for their insights.

Mayo Clinic has some information on body odor that may be helpful to you:

– On sweating and body odor, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/symptoms-causes/syc-20353895

– On home remedies for sweating and body odor, https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/home-remedies-sweating-and-body-odor/

@mucho3, you mentioned you sometimes think of suicide related to this issue. How are you feeling now?

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@lcalucier
Thanks for the help i will look it.
sometimes its really hard to stay at home and my only fear is when school reopens next summer wht am I gonna do ..
People treat me diffrent realationships ars sinking everything juss falling apart i pray sometimes
but ah..!

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@gailb

@mucho3

Welcome to this wonderful community on Mayo Connect. I'm sorry about your body odor issue. My son had the same problem with his feet as you seem to. I also recommend seeing a foot doctor. One of the main problems my son had was his choice of shoes. He's vegan and was wearing shoes that were made of materials other than leather, usually plastic based. His cloth shoes were also a problem because they were well used (old) and absorbed his sweat which spoiled and the odor became sickening. He couldn't smell it either. Since your problem is relatively new, it's probably your shoes. I'm assuming you bathe on a daily basis.

So, my recommendations:
– always wear cotton socks ("Bambas" brand are great; I just got some)
– buy new shoes that are either leather or materials other than vinyl/plastic
– throw away any shoes you are currently wearing as they may have bacteria in them that won't go away even with
washing
– use a foot powder in your shoes.

Try those things as you await a doctor appointment. You might also try deodorant on your feet. Good luck. Please keep in touch and let me know if any of my recommendations is helpful. We're here for you.

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Thank you but ive seen the doctor i tested for DKA but he said i dnt have diabetes he gave anti-infectional drugs and said i must came back i told him about the TMAU but i dbt think he knows
ive tried the deodrant spraying my feet but it doesnt help
Im so ired of this i jiss wish to get it over
with you

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I'm experiencing the same. Same responses from Dr. and people. Its very embarrassing. It's nothing to do with your hygiene clean as a whistle. It stems from within the organs somewhere Dr. can't find it and don't believe me. But I'm going to keep on asking questions until he do. But keep your head up continue to love you even more by staying positive. It's nothing we/you did or can control. With that said, likewise do not allow it to define or control you..

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@turdlez

My life's a ruin now that I literally smell of feces.Anxiety,depression:I have the real estate version of them.Started back in 2018,just at the eve of my 20th birthday.It really sucks.If you suffer from this,how do cope? Anyone managed to get the condition under control?
-turdles

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Hello @turdlez and welcome to Mayo Connect. I am sorry to hear of this bothersome problem you have. In order to understand a bit more about this odor, could you explain a little about it? (Please share with us only as you are comfortable doing so.)

The things that might help understand this problem would be: What has your doctor said about this? What sort of tests have you had? Is this an everyday occurrence or does it come and go? Is constipation also a problem?

I look forward to getting to know you better. Will you post again?

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@turdlez

My life's a ruin now that I literally smell of feces.Anxiety,depression:I have the real estate version of them.Started back in 2018,just at the eve of my 20th birthday.It really sucks.If you suffer from this,how do cope? Anyone managed to get the condition under control?
-turdles

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Hey @hopeful 33250,thank you for your response.A little bit about myself:I'm 21 y/o,5 foot 9,weigh 60kg.Been to three doctors.The first did some test(stool sample) and results were pus cells found.Put me on antibiotics.There were no signs of improvement,the oduor got worse.The second doctor put me on acid blocking drugs without any tests.Still no improvements.The third doctor did some tests and found typhoid,parasites,malaria and amoeba.Proceeded to put me on antibiotics and other meds for ~3 months but the oduor gets worse everyday.The tests usually use blood/urine/stool sample.Yes,its an everyday occurrence.I do have bowel movement issues-I have to go more than once for it to be complete,undigested food particles in fecal matter,constipation and loose stool.

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@turdlez

My life's a ruin now that I literally smell of feces.Anxiety,depression:I have the real estate version of them.Started back in 2018,just at the eve of my 20th birthday.It really sucks.If you suffer from this,how do cope? Anyone managed to get the condition under control?
-turdles

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@turdlez I am sorry to hear about your problem, it must be discouraging. It certainly sounds as if you have checked numerous resources to discover the cause of it. There is a discussion on Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor that may be of interest to you. I hope it will give you some answers.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/intermittent-fecalsulfur-breath-odor/

I am sure if you persist that you will find some explanation, and hopefully a solution, to this. Please keep us posted.
JK

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