Body Odor-An Unpleasant Encounter

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Biology 103
2002 Second Paper
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Body Odor-An Unpleasant Encounter

Melissa Brown

"What is that smell?" you ask.
"It is absolutely disgusting," you reply to yourself as you continue walking along. Then you realize that this smell just keeps on following you, from classroom to lunchroom to dorm room, even in the courtyard. Then it hits you that garbage has not been following you everywhere but you are the cause of that disgusting smell; you have body odor. What is this phenomenon of body odor? According to John Riddle, Body odor is the term used for any unpleasant smell associated with the body(1).

Most of us are concerned about how we look especially, how we smell so body odor which can be a potentially fatal blow to a person's social life is not a welcome addition to one's ingredients for success. It is this human fear of being excluded that led to the invention of the term, body odor. In the 1910s and 1920s, advertisers highlighted people's discontent with the things around them and with themselves in order to encourage them to buy their products. A group of advertising men used the term B.O. to mean body odor in a women's deodorant advertisement for their product, Odo-Ro-No. It played upon women's sentiments that beauty was important to achieving their main goal in life: a husband.

Listerine, which today has mundane advertisements with bottles of Listerine and a voice talking about the results of laboratory research that show Listerine's ability to combat gingivitis, cavities and so on, also used this approach. Listerine had an advertisement that showed "pathetic Edna" who was approaching her "tragic" thirtieth birthday and was always "a bridesmaid and never a bride" apparently because she suffered from Halitosis or bad breath (of course it could not have been personality problems that was hindering Edna's romantic progress!). As a result of this ad, Listerine's sales went from $100,000 a year in 1921 to more than $4 million in 1927. Body odor is a major concern for most people and even those who do not suffer from it are concerned about preventing body odor because of its negative social consequences.(2)

People are very sensitive about how they smell. Humans do not appreciate the power of a bad smell as much as skunks appreciate theirs. The striped skunk which is known in the scientific community as Mephitis mephitis accurately shoots a narrow stream of yellow fluid, butyl mercaptan, up to 10 feet at a threat. If the fluid hits the eyes of the threat it may cause temporary blindness. Even if the skunks misses, which is rare, the musk will cause nausea, gagging and general discomfort. (Perhaps next time you are at a party and you receive some unwelcome attention, you should raise those armpits or let out a breath of air to your unsuspecting predator.) Most people however, try to do quite the opposite and purchase expensive perfumes to mask odors and create a sensual smell that will attract the opposite sex. They spend a lot of money buying perfumes like Object of Desire by Bvlgari and they do not realize that the fluid that skunks emit is commercially used as a base for perfumes because of its clinging nature.(3) This makes me wonder whether if it is only by having a bad smell that we can get a good smell.

So what exactly causes us to have that bad smell? Most of the causes are related to lifestyle choices. If you use drugs, toxins or herbs such as alcohol and cigarette smoking, you body will smell. Also if you eat certain foods such as garlic and raw onions you will have an unpleasant breath. You can also develop body odor by simply sweating excessively or practicing poor hygiene. A couple other causes of body odor include: tooth or oral conditions such as periodontal disease and gingivitis. Also, there can be inborn errors of metabolism for example, aminoaciduria. Most of these problems are a result of a decision that the sufferer had made about how he chooses to lead his life. If he chooses to be a chain smoker he will smell like a cigarette. If he chooses not to shower or wash his clothes then he will have a pungent smell. If he chooses not to practice proper dental hygiene then he will have Halitosis. However, if he sweats excessively because he has a fear of social situations then his cause of body odor cannot be as easily rectified. In addition, people who suffer from aminoaciduria also cannot easily change their lifestyle to rectify their body odor because aminoaciduria results from an enzyme deficiency. We should not judge or marginalize people because of their smell because the cause of it may go beyond poor hygiene.(1)

Almost everyone has received a compliment about the perfume that he or she is wearing. This shows that people react to scents and that a pleasant scent encourages a favorable perception of that person. New research has shown that some individuals are highly sensitive to smelling a component of body odor which is called androstenone. Furthermore, if the person can easily smell androstenone then he will decide whether or not he likes the person based on the smell. What is androstenone? It is a human pheromone which is a chemical attractant that is in body secretions like perspiration. Men release large quantities of androstenone while women omit small amounts. So men are more likely to be judged by their smell than women. According to the study, fifty percent of people cannot smell androstenone at all and one half of them can only catch a whiff and enjoy the scent. Those who can smell androstenone, on the other hand, do not like the smell and compare it to urine or perspiration. The study went on to show that there was a correlation between the ability to smell androstenone and the androstenone-smeller's judgment of the person. In other words, if someone can smell androstenone on someone else and finds the smell unpleasant then he will dislike the person.(4)

Clearly, there is a lot at risk if one has body odor since man is a gregarious animal then body odor can make him unable to maintain or even start relationships. We have realized this so there are number of ways to eliminate body odor. One of the most rudimentary ways to get rid of body odor is to wash with both soap and water especially in the groin area and armpits which are more likely to smell. The best soap to use is a deodorant soap which impedes the return of bacteria. Showering, as well as, washing your clothing regularly will help to prevent body odor. In addition, we should wear natural fabrics like cotton which absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials like polyester. Athletic apparel makers like Nike and Adidas are adopting this idea in their clothing design by creating materials that cause the sweat to evaporate faster.

You should also use commercial deodorants which mask underarm odor or use antiperspirants which reduce the amount of perspiration. If these fail then you should turn to France, the land of fine perfumes and "Le Crystal Nature" which is a chunk of mineral salts that helps to keep bacteria under control without irritating the skin. A more serious approach to fighting body odor is Drionic which is an electronic device that plugs up overactive sweat ducts and keeps them plugged for up to six weeks.(5) There are many ways to avoid having body odor. The easiest way to find out what is available to you is to take a stroll in your local Eckerd, CVS or Riteaid.

Body Odor is a major concern for human beings. It is one concern that affects men and women to almost the same extent. We are concerned about our smell because people judge how we take care of ourselves by our smells and use this information to decide whether we are worthy of friendship because of it. We need to pay attention to how we smell not only because of social interactions but because odors from our body may alert us to a medical problem like a urinary tract infection or periodontal disease. It must be noted however that much of the hype about body odor comes from marketing consultants who need to sell their companies' product and play on our insecurity. Try to avoid being caught up in this web of commercialism while at the same time taking good care of your body.



1) Body Odor. It gives basic information about Body Odor.

2) It provides information on the less renowned tidbits of history.

3) It provides information about the striped skunk.

4) It provides information that otherwise would not get a lot of attention.

5) It provides online information about problems that affect teenagers



Continuing conversation
(to contribute your own observations/thoughts, post a comment below)

01/22/2006, from a Reader on the Web

I have been searching for an answer about this one person I work with. He smells intensely of a vinegar like substance, but honestly I would have to say he smells like pickles. half the people I work with say the same thing. It is so intense that I get a headache and a stomache and he is unbearable to be near. I cannot find anything on the internet that would explain this, and I do not have the guts to ask the poor guy, because honestly I cannot even be near him. Any speculation on this matter????? Thank you


Additional comments made prior to 2007

Western culture need to avoid of escalation of hatred and wilingness to take advantages over other using somebody's personal issue as their body/breath odor! Where every house or apartment, everyone has access to bath, shower. Where there is no hygiene issues! This attitude can be fueled by nuslim nations. So one should think about this ... Reader on the web, 1 April 2006



I have the same problem with one of my employees who is from Nepal. I think it could be the spicy food they have, another employee addresses the matter to me since I'm the manager but it is a very delicate matter and I feel sick if I stay 3 foot close to this person. Besides this is a high end retail store and also had customers commenting on the way this person smells. I'm going to have to let her go but wonder if there is anything this person can do to get rid of that horrible odor ... Yolanda, 26 April 2006



i have just noticed a body odor of vinegar. I saw reference to another person about same problem. This just started in the last few days and I am trying to find a reason. Any suggestions? Supplements? thanks ... Tom, 15 July 2006



I see alot of people with posted requests for body odor issues. Mr. Chan has won the Geneva award for his invention in the medical category for a product that cures body dor. A press release was issued and maybe some of your readers would benefit from it.

Here it is below:

Dr. Mist winner of several awards including the Geneva Award for itsí invention in the medical category is currently marketed as a deodorant is also used as a multi-function hygiene product. As a deodorant, there is absolutely no staining, no aluminum, alcohol, oils or fragrances and it flushes out toxins. Customers are moving away from sticks and gels which stain their clothes and lasts part of the day. Dr. mist will last for days, even if bathing is not possible (ie: patients in hospitals, campers, etc)

Dr. mist is a new invention based on floatation technology that works like an anti-perspirant, but still allows the pores to breathe. As recently featured on the news, it is also very effective athlete's foot, soothes mosquito and insect bites, accelerates healing in wounds, clears up acne and pimples with visible results in 24 hours and soothes skin irritation ... Claudette, 13 September 2006


I had bad breath and body odor since I was born. Spent more than 20 years and thousand of dollars trying to find what was missing in my system until I saw Dr. Brenda Watson describing what happens when there is not enough intestinal flora in the body. What happens? Vitamins along with impurities go straight to the blood causing the odor. So that is what was missing in my system.

I started taking probiotics (the higher the number the best) and multi enzymes and that was the beginning of my cure. Now I added Culturelle Lactobacilus Gg and no more body odor and bad breath.

Please, tell other people so they do not go through what I went through ... Mindy, 31 October 2006



My daughter is told she smells like pickles......we can't figure out what is causing's not perfume, soap, shampoo or anything else she's putting on externally.....I read your body odor article and the question posed by one of your readers is the same as mine.....why does my daughter smell like pickles??? What can be done about it?? ... Lupe Rodriguez, 7 December 2006



Re: an earlier post

Either he's wearing something that smells of what you described or it could be some form of disease ex. cancer. could be other forms but if you are that concerned. Does he have a desk? write an anonymous letter? it could be a medical problem and you do need to get your views across, because it could save his life ... Jennifer, 3 February 2007



I have recently noticed a slight wiff of vinegar odor from my body. I asked a friend if he noticed it and he said "no". I shower daily and am clean. Any ideas what may cause this? ... Phil, 16 July 2007



Hello there. I have been experiencing an odor for a while now but I still don't know where it is coming from. It occurs mainly when I am around my friends and it doesn't smell when I'm at home or at my doctor. Other people say that they smell it also. Please advise me what to do if you guys ever came across such an experience before. Thanks in advance ... Saf, 2 October 2007


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Got the email but no email

Got the email but no email address to send back to. I think you need to spell it out or it will block it. My email address is . Hope this will work.

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don't worry. there are so

don't worry. there are so many people suffering from this problem. soon the medical world will find a solution. i am too suffering from tmau for the past 17 years. iam 47 years old and i am forced to work with tis problem to support my family. try to avoid foods that contain high protein. i see some thing improves by doing so. yoga and meditation will help to an extent.

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don't worry. there are so

don't worry. there are so many people suffering from this problem. soon the medical world will find a solution. i am too suffering from tmau for the past 17 years. iam 47 years old and i am forced to work with tis problem to support my family. try to avoid foods that contain high protein. i see some thing improves by doing so. yoga and meditation will help to an extent.

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i also have tried devrom as

i also have tried devrom as an internal deodorant but now i'm on a more natural alternative , bodymint , it's a chlorophyll derivative and so far i think it's helping me a little

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i looked for devrom but could

i looked for devrom but could not find it local. Why did you stop taking and switched to the body mint?

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well cause i'm not really

well cause i'm not really sure what long term side effects devrom might have , and with bodymint i dont have to worry about that

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internal deodorant

I too still have this problem. I have had it for over 13 years now. I have tried several different things and some times the smell diminishes and some times it gets stronger. I have tried an internal deodarant called DEVROM. It is for incontinence and it helps but I discontinued use because I am not sure of the side effects. I am an all natural person and would rahter do alternatives like herbs rather than conventinal meds. Although this was not a conventinal medicine, I am still skeptical about continued use, but nevertheless try it it did help me alot. You can google it and you will find the company that sells it. Good luck

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Thank you, i never heard of

Thank you,

i never heard of devrom. i will give it a try.

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im almost 40 years old

everything started in 2005 i dont expect to say it when ill be 47 good luck

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Im on a cell fone so i am limited to an amount of characters...use to have quys fall.n at my feet qivin me this and that in attempt to whoo only 18 just had a birthday and already i feel my life is over now all quys want to do is have sex and stay friends with benefits...i wish i could find whats wronq with me...ive ben testd for any std's...none...but im afraid to qo to a hospital because of my imbarrassment...i dont care what ppl thnk of me but im not happy and i care about that...i know qod has a

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Her direction...i recently qot fired from my job as a dental assistant i dont have a reason but i heard the manaqer say to her assistant i have to find a way to qet rid of her ppl even told me that this all was in my head and i went to the phsyciatrist and was put on medicine and still its happenin...i know now that its not in my head because recently i qet a whiff of "feet" i wash 2 to 3 times a day an d to no avail...i am a very pretty african american people sometimes ask meh if im mixed or asian...i

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i need help

Excuse me for my spellin i am a big txter so i use alot of slanq plus i have a slot to say...i have had this problem for about 7 months now and its gettin first i thought ppl were just bein mean to me and wantd to push me away until every where i went ppl would whisper she stink or rubb their nose continuosly....when it first happend i would ask ppl if i stink and they would say no with a straight face...even my closest relative my sister wouldl lie about it...but still qrunt wen wind passd me in

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Hi Lena,

Please feel free to jump on our support wagon :-)there are no spaces in between: s w e e t l a d y 2 2 2 2 dot com

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Body Odor Please Help Me

I had this problem for the lonest time:) I feel like I am going crazy. When I ask my friend and family about my body odor. They don't smell anything (lies lies) When I go to work people hold there nose or they will'nt sit near me.When I walk by people they hold there nose. Why do your friend and family lie to you? why cant they tell the truth? so you can do something about the smell.They all say it is in your head,no it is not. When you see people hold there nose when you walk by. I wash with bleach and vingar. I still have a smell. It is driving me crazy don't know what to do(tears)I going to try this prbiotics and multi enzymes. I hope this works, if it does. I will write back.

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I too have been suffering

I too have been suffering with this demon for about six years. i used to get comments everyday from people around me that something stunk (like poop). I have have tried absolutely everthing, i am the cleanest person i know showering 2 or 3 times a day.I started to look at my diet and realised i was consuming alot of breads and processed foods as well as sugar.I cut bread, sugar and junk food out of my diet(it was the most difficult thing i have ever done)I also try and stay away from food that contains gluten. Basically eating lots of vegetables, small amount of fruit, filtered water and small amounts of meat.I take probiotics daily and have psyllium once a day to keep my bowels working. As soon as i eat chocolate, donuts or too much bread my bowels become sluggish and the smell returns.I take Chlorophyll in the morning to help with detoxing. i know everyone is different, but just try it hopefully it will work for you too. I still get the odour from time to time, but it may only occur once a month and i am not as bothered and i can get it under control. GOOD LUCK

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smell of poop coming through my skin

I've started suffering through this after i've been treated with botox injections in my bladder from urinary incontinence. i've noticed a foul smell coming from my body, it smell like poop/bad gas/ or sometimes foul garbage. it makes me wonder what that dr. has done to me because all i had was a urinary issue. ive been so depressed i have to fight against suicidal demons because i no longer wanted to live. i 've never even heard of a condition like this until i started experiencing it. i ant work or get a job because of the=is condition, its robbing me of life in general....icant even go to the supermarket to buy food for my children. All i know is that i can feelit running thru my veins all around my stomache area and going down my leggs and then the smell coming thru my skin letting off a horrifying shity smell as if i shitted on my self when i didnt. nothing is seem to help. perfume doent hide the smell.....the shitty smell overpowers it every time...MAY GOD HELPS US ALL. if there is anyone with true information that helps please holla.....

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RE by Crystal Y:smell of poop coming through my skin


Ive been doing some reading about botox and from what Im gathering is that you were prescribed the botox treatment to shrink and essentially paralyze the muscles that control urination,correct? What I found interesting is that botox is a classified NEUROTOXIN which contains Clostridium botulinum (Clostridium botulinum ..... bacterium that produces neurotoxins ...causes flaccid muscular paralysis seen in botulism,.... main paralytic agent in botox)(complexionsrx dot com). Im not an expert but essentially, do you think it's possible that youre suffering toxicity? Perhaps the toxins in the botox are excessively poisonous and so your body is going into 'overdrive' to eliminate it. I read that botox also contains a fermented cocktail containing yeast extract in which sulfite is a natural byproduct ...Do you have sulfite sensitivity? It can occur anytime in life.. I have sulfite issues and I smell very similar.Both of my parents are allergic to sulfadrugs...Bactrim and Indocin...My mother suffered a similar BO which mysteriously disappeared in her late 20s...I found the following information posted on a another forum helpful:The enzyme in the body tissues that processes sulfites is called Sulfite Oxidase. This enzyme requires certain nutrients in order to function correctly. These nutrients are: Vitamin B12, Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, and Molybdenum. Vitamin B1, B6 & Folic Acid are depleted by excess sulfites

It has helped me significantly. I also read on another forum about people saying that botox is not recommended for anyone with any type of autoimmune disease...? Dont know if any of this applies to you but I hope it helps. And I also realize that you absolutely need relief for urinary incontinence therefore I strongly encourage you to research less invasive alternatives based on the underlying cause of your urinary symptoms and visit support SWEETLADY2222ATHOTMAILDOTCOM (NOSPACES):-) take care

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How long did it take for you to see results

Hey how long did it take you for your smell to diminsh. Do you eat eggs also. thanks i also have this poo smell

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I was curious to know, where does your 'feet' smell seem to be coming from? If it is your feet,breath,underarm?
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I'm having that problem now

I have been dealing with that poop smell and it has totally ruined my life. I bathe in baking soda and lysol but nothing changes. I can't smell it an my family and friends say they dont smell it but strangers and co workers are always speaking about it I started taking the chlorophyll bout 2 months ago and nothing has changed. I was glad to know that I'm not the only one suffering from this but I need to get it cured before I lose my mind. I have even rubbed it off on my kids and they think people are saying they stink. but I'm gonna try the things in your comment and hopefully it will help.. thanks

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RE:I'm having that problem now

I know the poop smell youre talking about....Ive been doing research for a long time and have dealt with the same odor for 11 years... this is my regimen that has helped me tremendously:

- choose a colon cleanse(concept is to dump toxins and then replenish
-RAW leafy green veg (spinach,romaine,etc)mixed in a salad
-ConcenTrace liquid mineral drops in tap water to drink throughout the day
- magnesium and zinc supplements (research and figure out the maximum dosage and how much your body may require depending on your diet;Be sure to eat a meal with these)

Do this for a couple of weeks and see what it does for you...I saw a difference in 2! And I will tell you that my odor smelled progressively like garbage (brocoli, collards,cabbage,rotten eggs, poop) and I had a problem with garlic and onion reeking from my rid of it as well... and only on occasion do I smell my underarms. So I wont saythat I'm completely odorless, but its only been 2 weeks..I plan to continue with this and I encourage you to try it...good luck! let me know how this works for you... no spaces in the support :-)S W E E T L A D Y 2 2 2 2 at H O T M A I L dot C O M

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Sounds like sulfur smells.

Sounds like sulfur smells. You could have mercury poisoning. How any silver filings do you have?

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Hi there, You send very close

Hi there,

You send very close to me for symptoms and management. Have you ever tried Calcium Pyruvate over night to help clean up your GI? The sugars and breads seem to rot inside me, creating yeast and also vapors. If I stick to a tight diet with good herbal pills its much more under control. I'd love to hear from you (or anyone on here)My email is F l y b y n i g h t 8 8 at y a h o o.

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i smell like you

i dont know if i have tmau or crohidrosis
all i been eatin are fried, flour soda macdonald and much more junk food i am starting to eat more green i will give you more info in 3 month we have to help us as me you can give info what you do eat
i was
no exercises
a lot of junk food
i can not stop eatin i mean eatin every 15 minutes cause i wish i feel i wanna eat more
i am atletic not thin not fat
love junk food
i drank a special laxative that take out of my stomach all the chemical that stay in the small instetine i saw that like plastic material sorry for description!!!
and bye bye
gas, pain in stomach after eatin,the famous urrggggsss sound in the stomach like gases
i am normal i only get upset stomach after eatin junk food but its normal
before if i eat junk food uuuu my stomach become super mega upset with a pain that made get down because of pain in my stomach
my stomach is good now i think very good i am startin to drink more water and vegetables to be no body odor freee odor
by the way
everythin get started in 2005 simptoms
badbreath, rash skin, tired,confused i feel hot my body and dificult to sweat
i was takin 7 month antibiotic i was workin 85 hours in a week
eatin only junk food 7/11
2 days only sleep 1 hour stress

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ITs Hard

I Hate school.
Classmates are Fu##ing Jerks
Im in colledge and it sucks everyone avoids me and they complain about something burning. Lost Girlfriends because their friends told them about me and how i smell. And ive lost all my friends ecept one( hes the only one i can trust). And now i think might be losing my mind due to the fact ive tried eveything to mask or stop it. Im so Depressed that i just want to commit sucide again(2nd time)

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re: It's Hard

Good morning. just read your post. I am losing my job next week. Pretty sure it is because of whatever pungent smell I have. I have heard all the comments. It has been tough and I know what you are going through (losing friends, etc.)

Please please please do not kill yourself. That is not the answer. There seems to be a huge community of people on line. Take comfort with us. We understand. Always smile, no matter what! People don't know what to do. Just a suggestion. Take comfort you are not alone.

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I know that this is an old

I know that this is an old post, but I am wondering if i am about to lose my job too. my co workers have been going back to my supervisor and telling her that I stink. They smile in my face and talk behind my back. I have been praying since I was a teenager and now that I am 43 things are the same. High school, college, and everywhere I go, even church, people are talking about me and they treat me so bad. Prayer is the only thing I have and I know that I am supposed to treat them like I would want to be treated but it is getting hard. I take chlorophyll pills, zinc, magnesium, use axe deodorant, shower gel, and body spray. They are still complaining, I just don't know what to do. I am so down and nobody understands how this feels. My dad told me to use deodorant and deodorant spray. He doesn't know that this is a condition and that people have killed themselves over this and have lost jobs over this. It is a real problem and then i have all of this other stuff that I have to deal with and it really hurts being in this situation that I can not control. I feel like a small dot on a huge piece of paper and I feel unloved, unwanted, and depressed. What can I do but die inside and go into isolation.

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I get the same smell

Hi, i get the same smell and some othe horrible ones.. Get back at me so we can exchange thoughts on this..

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What Others?

What other smells do you have?

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Hi J. I know how you feel.

Hi J. I know how you feel. College was really hard on me too. I left after my freshman year because I was so unhappy and dperessed. I felt isolated with no friends. If your friend is someone you can trust and he tells you the truth that you smell, maybe you can ask him to accompany you to the doctor and help you explain your situation. It would be easier for them to believe it if you are with someone. Doctors have a way of not believing something when it's a little out of the ordinary.

Keep your head up and don't give up on life. I have two good friends and I'm lucky to be able to only have to have minimal public contact. I'm not a recluse, but I work at home and go to school online. My odor problems are not cured, but I plan to fight them and to keep on living. You have a future ahead of you, so don't give up on life. If anything, maybe you can take a leave of abscence from school and try to find something that works for your odor problems and then go back to school if things improve.

Read through the forum to see if there are any helpful suggestions. You are not crzay and you have our support :)Reply to this message if you need to ask me anything.

Best of luck


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Hii all, i recently posted on here. Just wondering, how do i get tested for tmau??? And just wondered of any1 has had this happen tto them?? I had a fried breakfast the other day, (the full works) lol.... Anyway i had a lyk lump/boil behind my ear, and i touched it then it imediatly smellt ov the fried onions i eaten hours before. This has happend many of times now. I hardly eat fruite or veg, do u think this cud be the reason for the foul smells mentioned?? thanxxxx.....

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Re: Rectum Odor Smells From People

Hi all,
My name's Ryan. I am new to Serendipity's Body Odor Forum, but if any of you want to chat with your problems with fecal body odor, I'd love to talk to everyone about it! You can contact me at: I hope to hear from some people here, to discuss our problems and frustrations!! Take care all!! God bless you all.




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Hi if a person gets upset or nervous why do they smell like a skunk just sprayed them

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i accept me the way i am and i will be better

i smell like fish,fecal material,mod,vinegar or i donot now my doctor said i have keratosis pilaris 5 years ago i have that like mix of oil over my back and legs i think is keratin too much!!!! now my skin is darker i think i have a lot toxins in my body i dont know if i have insurance no job livin with my family in an apartment peaple is stupid!!!!
well a few days ago i went to a clinic for people (community clinic) where all immigrant, illigals, and low income people go after all the proseces that it takes time they did make a blood test and guess what i got herpesww...
after i paid a lot money with doctors after i go to the hospital i now knows whats my problem....
well i am not the guy i used to be, i was very popular ,party, girls people loved me so much i hope to be again that me and be social again
i dont like to be alone and i dont now nobody (fish guy like me) to talk o have nice time !!!!jesus!

by the way
i have an acid blood because i it a lot of junk food coke bread and all that fast food
know i am going in a detoxification program
with hidrog no name i am not spam
to maximize oxigen in my blood (very dark thick red blood)the more shines the more oxigen
and alkalise my body to be helthe again
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Get tested for TMAU. It could

Get tested for TMAU. It could be what's causing you to smell like fish, feces, etc. Stroll down and read some of the comments. Many people are able to identify with you. I smell bad too, but I think mine is anxiety related. Anyway, see if you can try out some of the things that people are recommending when you get some money. Try it out after you get your herpes medicine and see if that is what is truly casuing the odor/ You can type in TMAU in youtube and they have documentaries on it too. You are not alone. Stay strong and good luck :)

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Finding Support

Everyone I think it would be great if we started a support group. This issue is extremely hard to manage. I just took my first probiotic today but I am going to visit a doctor soon and a psychologist because I suffer from serious anxiety. Sometimes, it is all just too much. Obviously it has ruined our lives to an extent, but maybe we can all draw strength from each other because obviously the rest of the world does not understand. Email me at . Please stay strong and hang in there. I know personally how difficult it can be.

Also, to my fellow college studuents here, instead of going insane, try going to school online. Just find a reputable one and you can still achieve your dream of going to college. I had to go to school online because my education is the most important part of my existence and not even smelling bad was going to interfere with this dream. I will graduate next year spring with a Bachelors in Psychology and minors in substance abuse and sociology. Hold your heads high and I hope we all find a cure for this soon. Much love.


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finding support

I agree with you we should start a support group. Some times I feel like sharing my situation but to tell you the truth I don't trust anybody.

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I have tried to talk to someone about my ob problem, they said they didnt notice it, but soom as other people come around they look at me like I smell. I feel so sad I do not have anyone to talk to. I have to work outside of by home, but I am trying to come up with ideal to work from home. IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO!!!! also, I have tried these amail address I can't get though

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you didnt post your email so

you didnt post your email so no one will be able to contact you

i posted several time here and my story is very similar to yours

a support group is a good idea , we should definitely stay in touch with each other

my email is


It's not showing ur e-mail as

It's not showing ur e-mail as well. I guess we have to get creative. Mine is aileen8 at live dot com. Live dotcom is like a derivative of hotmail. I dont know why this website is not allowing us to publish our informaton, but I hope to hear from you soon :)

Take care

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you're right my email is

you're right

my email is hacapeti at g mail . com

let create a support group

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vinegar sweat smell

Hey everyone, this is happening to me & my neurologist did extensive blood tests. She recommended magnesium gluconate. I feel better, still have fatigue, migraines, twitching, & smell. May take time. For me, i think i may overdo it with vegetables & not enough fruit, so im more mindful of my diet. Before, when i ate more fruits, i swear i smelled like grapefruit: more pleasant. I just got tired of fruit & felt the acid upset my stomach. I too think yogurt shot probiotics help. Good luck.

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Try alkaline water for cleansing and perhaps liquid vitamin b to help boost metabolism and for energy

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bodymint ?!

i'm thinking of buying the bodymint pills , does anyone here use them ? do they have any affect ? are they better then chlorophyll pills or charcoal ?

i got the TMAU test done and the results came back negative , so apparently i dont have TMAU or secondary TMAU which is a bad thing cause at least then i would've known what's wrong with me

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Losing Job because of Body Odors

I have worked at the same job for eleven years and each of those years it seems as if the smell I have coming from me as gotten worse. Recently co-workers are becoming so hostile about my scent that they call administration and yell out she smells "everyday". I don't know what to do about this because I am hearing rumors that I will either be transferred for fired. My self esteem is so low. In addition to my co-workers there is a neighbor whose son leaves his window open and complains about me constantly to whoever he is living would. It seems as if I can not find peace any where.

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