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salty fishy smelling skin on one year old son...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2007
  • 00:18 AM

hi my name is tamika and my one year old son has always had a salty tinge to his smell but as of around august it seems to have gotten alot stronger.. he now permanently smells salty like dried fish treats for cats even after a bath with scented soap. he has alot of gut issues aswell with digestion and vomiting aswell as having periods of illnessesa nd chest infections that reccur and are hard to fight... any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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  • Sorry, please have him checked for cystic fibrosis: http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=41&channel_id=9&relation_id=10860
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 08:41 AM
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  • Cystic fibrosis is characterized by pancreatic insufficiency, lung problems, liver disease, gastrointestinal problems as well as reproductive, skeletal and other abnormalities. Diagnosis is usually made in the first several years of life; in 3% of cases, the diagnosis is actually established after turning 18. There are other conditions reported with elevated sweat concentration. Many of these associations are based on description of only a few patients and in many of these situations the elevations are usually transient. Such conditions would be adrenal insufficiency, hypoparathyroidism, diabetes insipidus, acute respiratory disorders, chronic respiratory disorders, environmental deprivation syndrome and others. You may want to talk to your MD about some of them so they can be excuded. Hope this helps and good luck.... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 04:42 PM
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  • hi my name is tamika and my one year old son has always had a salty tinge to his smell but as of around august it seems to have gotten alot stronger.. he now permanently smells salty like dried fish treats for cats even after a bath with scented soap. he has alot of gut issues aswell with digestion and vomiting aswell as having periods of illnessesa nd chest infections that reccur and are hard to fight... any thoughts on this would be appreciated.Your child may have a rare disease called trimethylaminuria or TAMU for short. It's a genetic disorder where the person or in this case the infant is lacking an enzyme the usually breaks down trimethylamine in the digestive tract. In individuals that do have this enzyme which is 99% of the population, foods that have choline in them, which is basically in almost every food, gets broken down and excreted through the urine, but with individuals with this disorder, the body accumulates trimethylamine and then it's excreted through the skin, mouth/ breath, urine, and even tears. The smell can fluctuate in intensity and, unfortunately has no cure. But with either enzyme replacement therapy, this condition can be managed. A less expensive way to manage this condition is to also eat a diet rich in choline. This disorder is an autosomal recessive disorder which means that the parents do not show symptoms or even express the condition, they just have an allele that has that gene.Here's more info on the subject to help your situation if this is your child's diagnosis.http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/trimethylaminuria
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