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foul body odor that smells like feces

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 1, 2008
  • 03:52 PM

I am a 24 years old female and have two small children. About 6 months ago I began to notice this problem. I was attending a university and during my classes people would often make comments like what smells or did you pass gas even when I was at a friends occassionally someone would turn to me and say do you have gas or something or did the baby have a dirty diaper. I am sad and confused I do not feel myself passing gas I cannot smell the smell so I cannot pinpoint where it comes from if I wear perfume that apparently only makes it worse. As a single working mother and college student do not always have the time to eat right or exercise. I have heard of these probiotics that may be able to help with a situation like this. If anyone has any answers please help me. I am desperate to solve this problem.

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  • Try here: http://askwaltstollmd.com/archives/antiper.html "There is one other cause of body odor that has nothing to do with any of the above. If you have Leaky Gut Syndrome , your colon will leak fecal material back into your bloodstream and you will have a fecal odor in your breath and on your skin. There are only 4 ways the body has to excrete toxins: dead skin (including sweat), urine, stool and breath. If colon stuff gets back into your blood, those other sites will have that odor."
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  • Thank God someone else has this problem. I have th same symtoms and have been to the doctor and I am finally seeing a different doctor who is listening to me. I don't know if he is sending me in the right direction but I hope so. I am constantly concerned 24 hours a day. I have had my friends and family say those same things to me. My 2 year old Grandaughter ask me if I needed to change by Diaper! I am a very clean person but I can't seem to do anything to make this go away. Help. If you ever want to talk my email address is sonjaballard@hotmail.com.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 10, 2008
    • 02:16 PM
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  • I have the same problem and have been to doctors dentist and even an ENT specialist no one can figure out what's wrong. What I do know is nystatin an oral suspension wich is used for yeast over growth is a temporary fix. Also miles mix wich was prescribed by my ent works even better however none of these can cure the problem. If any body knows something else I havent tried please respond.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 00:51 AM
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  • I have had a similar problem for some time now that doctors have not been able to find the solution to. I have a foul order coming from my throat and nose. It seems to be getting worse. I take very good care of my teeth and see a Dentist on a regular who has verified that the smell is not coming from my mouth or teeth. She felt that it was coming from my stomach so I have seen a Gastrointestinal Doctor who did an endoscopy of my stomach and confirmed that I did not have any type of intestinal disease/disorder. I've had a colonoscopy done to confirm that there is no blockage of any sort. I have seen an ENT Specialist who ran a scope down my throat and in my nose and couldn't find a thing wrong with me. A foul odor is definitely a sign that something is wrong but no one can seem to figure out what it is. I don't like to sit by anyone if I can help it and I talk as little as possible because I know other people can smell it. I have tried everything. I see that someone posted something about Leaky Gut Syndrome so I will definitely check that out. I really don't know what else to do.
    OdorMystery 6 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 07:28 PM
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  • I have had a similar problem for some time now that doctors have not been able to find the solution to. I have a foul order coming from my throat and nose. It seems to be getting worse. I take very good care of my teeth and see a Dentist on a regular who has verified that the smell is not coming from my mouth or teeth. She felt that it was coming from my stomach so I have seen a Gastrointestinal Doctor who did an endoscopy of my stomach and confirmed that I did not have any type of intestinal disease/disorder. I've had a colonoscopy done to confirm that there is no blockage of any sort. I have seen an ENT Specialist who ran a scope down my throat and in my nose and couldn't find a thing wrong with me. A foul odor is definitely a sign that something is wrong but no one can seem to figure out what it is. I don't like to sit by anyone if I can help it and I talk as little as possible because I know other people can smell it. I have tried everything. I see that someone posted something about Leaky Gut Syndrome so I will check into that. Hopefully we will find a solution soon.
    OdorMystery 6 Replies
    • August 25, 2008
    • 07:31 PM
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  • Odor mystery.. i used to have very bad breath that others would comment on and at times I think I could even smell it myself (along with bad body odour which seems to be worst when I eat meat.. umm but that dont seem to be as bad of late). I had staph in my nose (25% of people carry staph in their noses..some staph produce toxins).. and since I've had that treated with antibiotics.. as far as I know.. my breath isnt bad anymore (well I've had no one comment on it since before then and I myself havent been noticing it so much). I dont know if that is a coincidence or not.. but maybe a nasal swab for staph would be a good idea.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 07:05 AM
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  • Thank you so much Taniaaust1. I really appreciate your reply. I will definitely have this checked out asap. Do you remember what the antibiotic was that the doctor prescribed you? If so could you share that information with me. Perhaps it can help me as well. If I have the name I could suggest it to the doctor and hopefully I can try it.
    OdorMystery 6 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 10:58 AM
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  • Thank you so much Taniaaust1. I really appreciate your reply. I will definitely have this checked out asap. Do you remember what the antibiotic was that the doctor prescribed you? If so could you share that information with me. Perhaps it can help me as well. If I have the name I could suggest it to the doctor and hopefully I can try it. First of all IF you are in the 25% of people who carrry a type of Staphylococcus in nose.. it would all depend on the individual Staph infection. A doctor really cant just prescribe an antibiotic and hope for the best as even with the correct antibiotic... Staph can be hard to get rid of and will often come back, doctors couldnt guarentee they could get rid of it. (Hence I not only took the right antibiotic but also at the same time took strong doses of good quality "olive leaf extract" as well which is a natural antibiotic to make sure I had success at getting rid of it). They can test to see what antibiotics it is resistant too and that is the way to go with this..eg The staph in my case on testing, tested resistant to penicillin, Flucloxacillin, Amozycillin, Amox/Clav, Cep/loth/lex/zol .. The only antibiotics it wasnt resistant too were Vancomycin (given IV), clindamycin, Eryth/Roxith. As I also was found to have Strep B as well.. I ended up taking Erythromycin (Eryth) to get rid of both in one shot. (Retesting after showed that these things were gone). Anyway.. it would need to be tested to see what to be used.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 00:45 AM
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  • I'm in my late twenties and have been dealing with this issue since high school. Friends have made comments to me that I smell like fish on some days and trash or feces on others. I think it may be something called Fish Odor Syndrome. Although, any doctor I bring it up to tells me that simply my genetics have predisposed me to this particular body odor type. Research from online indicates that certain types of foods can be avoided to help reduce the intensity of the foul body odor. It seems as though this body odor isn't the only pervasive health issue I've had to deal with. I've had chronic ear infections, sinus infections; renal issues, etc. Has anyone else had to deal with other issues in addition ot the body odor? It seems as though some underlying issue is not being addressed in my body and I'd love to know what it is and take care of it.
    redcarp 1 Replies
    • September 10, 2008
    • 02:48 AM
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  • sorry to hear about your problems. i have had this condition for nearlly 2 years and it has ruined my life. i can no longer decorate peoples houses as im too paranoid of the same smell. Its as if im constantly ******g but im not. People pass comments all the time. My insurance company wont help me with my mortgage even thou my doctor signed me off since may 08. He didnt even put the correct symptoms down on my medical certificate. its caused anxiety and everything, althou i can cope with that, it wouldnt cause an inability to work, its just worry. I thought i was the only one untill i started to read these forums. I spend all my time in my office which is not good when you have a baby boy and girl. I also dread people coming round my house and i no longer go to other peoples house. i just want my doctor to hurry up and diognose and traet me so i can resume my life. if any one wants to chat, feel free, ive become a bit of an expert on the subject.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2008
    • 08:43 PM
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  • I'm so glad I did an internet search about this! My 9 year old daughter has this smell too sometimes. She does have a history of problems with the bowels, she get's stopped up and has had many accidents before, but with a daily laxative RX that problem seems to go away. I do still smell that odor emitting from her sometimes and I can't seem to pinpoint where it's coming from... I'll bring this up to her pediatrician and see what she says about it.Glad to know I'm not going crazy and thinking I'm just smelling things that aren't there.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2008
    • 05:43 PM
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  • I have same problem as well for about 12 years. The odor comes from my rectum area every minute especially before/after my period. I feel I cannot live with this odor anymore. The people in the office hate me.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 19, 2008
    • 05:21 PM
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  • Okay, first let me clarify here that there is absolutely no such thing as "leaky gut syndrome." Realize that what exits through the intestinal tract and bowel as waste is toxic because it is heavily laden with bacteria that normally exists to break down waste matter. Any "leakage" of waste into the peritoneal cavity is a perforation and in the bloodstream, septicemia. You don't simply have fecal waste material leaking out into your body and making you smell or feel bad. Any instance where the contents of the bowel or intestine come into contact with the peritoneal cavity or bloodstream constitutes a medical emergency and can be very life-threatening. The term being used has no basis in medical fact whatsoever. To the issue of fecal body odor, in the absence of obvious conditions like fecal incontinence, the problem is due to a metabolic condition. There are a number of metabolic disorders that result in significant odors to be expressed by the apocrine glands throughout the body. As an example, Tyrosinemia is the inability to metabolize Tyrosine and results in an extremely pungent fishy odor. Children with Phenylketonuria express an extremely musty odor and is typically the reason that parents bring their child for evaluation. What you're smelling is not actually fecal material at all, but a metabolic response that is producing an aromatic chemical reaction which produces the characteristic odor recognized generally as feces. By example, people commonly recognize the rotten eggs smell, but rarely understand that it's simply due to the breakdown of sulfur. All odors are merely the reaction of a chemical compound that yields an aromatic by-product and can be artificially recreated within any chemical laboratory. So in the case of fecal odor, the body is undergoing a metabolic reaction that is only reproducing the by-product of chemical elements which cause the fecal odor, but understand that it has nothing to do with feces and feces is not transcending the gut into the body under any circumstances. An evaluation by an endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist can help to identify whether a metabolic disorder is responsible. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 03:21 AM
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  • Dr. Cottle, do you have this same problem too or are you just trying to help us out? Also is there a way that that we or I can email and ask you specific questions since you seem to be the only Doctor that is atleast trying to address this problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2008
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  • Don’t listen to the 'MD' general practitioners don’t know squat about Candida(what our problem begun with) and leaky gut syndrome. Go to a natural doctor and get tested for leaky gut and Candida it’s worth the money. I stayed on the Candida diet for 3 and half months and now I don’t smell. It usually takes people that have candida/lgs 3-7months to get cleared of it. But you must stay on a healthy diet for life, because we are susceptible to this problem. It’s all got to do with our immune system and food allergies. Also if you smell like garbage and burning rubber you probably have TMAU, look it up. All of this can be solved by diet and lifestyle changes. Oh and lots of supplements!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
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  • I have had the same problem all of my life. I smell like dirty shoes and my breath smells all the time. i take showers 2-3 times a day, wear clean clothes, brush my teeth and floss everyday but the smell is still there. I dont know where to go or who to ask for helP! any suggestions?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 14, 2008
    • 11:26 PM
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  • I don't have this specific problem but I do notice different smells in body that seem to rotate but it's not really that strong. I have been reading lots and it might be related to food allergies. Like the person in the last 2 threads said trying to eat better, cleanses, and lots of supplements. These things have gotten me better. I have food allergies and hormonal imbalances so I am in the midst of treating them. I cut out sugar which adds to candida and I no longer drink soda, artifical sweetners, and I use organic food and cleaning products. In addition, I no longer take any prescription medicine only organic, gluten free, or natural supplements.I am a runner and I have seen improvements on my times, mood, pms, and anxiety. Doctors seem to be trained to reduce symptons not get to underlying issues. Do your research and try a number of different doctor like naturopathic, acupunturist, herballist, or a homopathic doctor and cross reference their comments with your regular doctor. I am sure that you will be able to fiugre out whats going on and get help. Also keep a journal of how you feel, what you eat, exercise routines, and your symptoms for 30 days and that should help you hone in to a better you. I hope this helps!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 09:36 PM
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  • I was in eight grade when I noticed this problem....my face would smell really bad!!! Sometimes like if I had passed gas, and others like rotten eggs, but those where rare....the most noticeable smell that comes from my face is feces. It literally smells like feces, and is so horrible that you can smell really strong if I rub my upper lip near around my nose, my forehead and right under my lip above my chin. I take about 2-3 showers a day, I eat healthy but still have this smell! Even after I shower I still have it, but its in no other part of my body just my face.I've been having this for a very long time. I have to quit jobs because I of people noticing this odor and take only online classes at college. I'm 20 years old, and since eight grade its been a total of 8 years of me having this!g_bear188@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 20, 2008
    • 00:29 AM
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  • I have had the same problem just recently. First, pre-fecal odor. I had bad body odor due to candida. So, I am coming to grips with that by changing my diet. No sugar, low carbs, heavy green leafy vegetables (juicing spinach, broccolli, etc helps. ) I also follow my the blood type diet. (By the way if you are blood type o, you are more susceptible toi re -occurences) In any case, digestion plays the biggest part of candida overgrowth. I have purchased HCL capsules to make sure I digest everything and chew your food until it liquifies. (But, I think you should determine if it is a candida issue.)But, here's the thing I find that if I eat sugar or have vinegar (prepared in food or just to clean chicken) I get the "fecal odor". I think the doctor is right about my inability to break down sugar. Believe it or not Both of these are "blood type o non-secretor" AVOIDS. The other thing is I was still having trouble with candida and I found something else. I believe my lymphatic system was sluggish. (Blood type o should alwas exercise almost to excess.) I used to love working out. And to be honest I always feel better when I do. My problem was winter time. I don't like working out indoors, so I would always fall away in the winter. Suffice it to say that when I work out the smell diminishes. Also, I found out that the lymphatic system needs exercise to keep the fluids pumping through it to get rid of the toxins (or waste from cells???) Anyhoo, it was suggested that I use a trampoline. And, wouldn't you know it worked! Of, course if I don't maintain I am sure I would fall backwards. But, I don't plan on doing any less. Also, fresh cranberries are supposed to loosen the gunk in the lymphatic system.Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
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  • I am also a 24 yr old mother with two children who is dealing with this embarressing problem. Worse part of it is that I am a very attractive female who was once confident. I attract many people for them then to discover my little problem. They look at me like I'm discusting or laugh in disbelief. And I too have had numerous embarrassing moments where someone says "check the baby's diaper" or people actually moving away from me and whispering comments about a foul smell. This has caused me to change my personality and has ruined both my social and professional life. I just really feel like I don't want to live anymore if I have to live with this problem but I have two little ones counting on me to keep moving. As a single mother it's really hard and as long as I have this problem, I can't keep a man. I have somewhat of an idea of where it started. With my first born I had a 4th degree tear and had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result. The muscles down there haven't been the same since. Vaginally everything seems fine, but I feel this agonizing sensation near my rectum whenever I need to go or pass gas(which i can't tell the difference because I don't get the sensation in my stomache before a BM). It's like one minute it's just down there and I gotta do somethin'. When I'm nervous about whether people smell me or not, I can tell the nervousness makes it worse. I find myself trying to hold gas because I don't no if it's just gas alone. I do believe my eating habits and stress levels have a lot to do with the intensity of the conditon. I have poor eating habits(I eat a lot of junk food) which causes irregularity and costipation. I also have a lot of stress as a single mom with a very low income. With the 4th degree tear, I was informed i may have incontinence and would no longer be able to do vaginal births. The sad thing about this diagnosis is there doesn't seem to much of a cure and it gets worse with time. If I were 50-60 yrs living with this condition I'd be like, "Hey I've lived life! Where's the depends?", but I'm just about to be 25 with no social life. I've lost close friends due to this problem, people avoid me and talk about me behind my back, it turns off business at my job, and I recently lost a really great man because of this. He won't tell me that's why he's not around but I know that's what it is. I should have no trouble getting a good man because even with this problem people are in awe of my beauty(until they get a whiff). So for the past 4yrs that I've had this problem, it's torn my self-esteem and confidence. I'm such a humane, empathetic, and multi-talented individual that I could make a lot of great things happen. This problem has ruined all my aspiration. I'm extremely depressed and often let myself go. Sometimes I dread bathing because the reality sets in that I'm clean but I still smell. If there is anyone who has an idea of what specific type of doctor or treatment I should seek, please help me get my life back for my family and our future.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 11:56 PM
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