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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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Genetic condition makes you smell like fish, feces & garbage


To anyone experiencing severe body odour you may be suffering from a genetic condition called TMAU.

Body odour is the main symptom of trimethylaminuria (also known as TMAU, or 'fish odor syndrome'). The smell is likened to fish, feces, and garbage, and excreted through the pores, sweat, urine, saliva, and even vaginal fluids of those affected.

The severity of the odour depends on bad the gene mutation is.

Things that make it worse include:
- stress
- overgrowth of certain bacteria in the gut
- hormones (often worse before period and contraceptive pill can also worsen it)
- certain foods high in trimethylamine
* cows' milk.
* seafood and shellfish – freshwater fish is fine.
* eggs.
* beans.
* peanuts.
* liver and kidney.
* supplements containing lecithin.

There is a urine test that can diagnose it but many doctors are reluctant to do the test - instead diagnosing a mental health problem in people with TMAU!!!!

There is no 'cure', but many people find that some or all of the following can help them live a normal life and eliminate the odor caused by TMAU

- low dose antibiotics to suppress bacteria in the gut
- Yucca
- amino acids l-ornithine and l-arginine (need at least 3000mg of each)
- Chlorophyll (high dose capsules, the liquid is not strong enough)
- Activated charcoal capsules/tablets

Other people also find the herb st Mary's thistle/silymarin and digestive enzymes helpful. Also some report that a low choline diet is helpful.

Some people use antibiotics for fish that are available from a pet store without prescription (please search TMAU forums for more info on this) if their doctor will not prescribe antibiotics and the other supplements don't help.

It's also really important to avoid constipation.

There is no one sized fits all treatment, you'll need to experiment to find what works best for you but most people find that they need to take the supplements 3-4 x daily between meals.

These are not cures - if the supplements help, you need to keep taking them. If you stop, the odour will come back.

Wishing you all the best.

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Hello Everyone!
Please is imperative that we pull together, come together and support each other so we don't feel so isolated and alone suffering. Lets communicate so our minds and thoughts can possibly put this puzzle together and conquer this humiliating mystery. We all need support , we all need friends ,we all need an answer. We each give our individual accounts of how people negatively react to us and see others with the same story. That's not enough... that person may live in your city,town or nearby. Lets compile a list of people suffering in the U.S. and other places that want to meet share be friends and form a support network. You may be the very one who keeps them from going over the edge. Just to know you can pick up the phone or say hey I need to meet or talk. I met with a mebo group a few years ago. Once the meeting was over I never heard from anyone again and felt alone again with my problem. I like to collect info on what city/state,country people live in and their ages. And what age you group (if any) you feel comfortable meeting and talking with. I realize some people are uncomfortable letting others know they have this problem. You don't have to be alone, there others suffering from the same condition. please e-mail me with your information if you would like to interact with others..riccw24 at gmail dot com.
Be strong

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Sent an email to you a few

Sent an email to you a few days ago. Would love to contact and talk to other people in the same situation. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Available to communicate

If you need support, let me know the best way to reach you. This situation can be quite difficult and I am willing to listen and hopefully offer some good advice.
Best wishes
Robin Peagler

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Hi Robin You can reach me at

Hi Robin

You can reach me at maryann.42 at hotmail com. Thank you so much for responding

Mary Ann

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The email address you

The email address you provided is not working.

Hi Maryann and Good Morning!

I hope this email finds you well despite the condition and the impact it is having on your life.

I recommend listening to Abraham Hicks on Youtube. I find it extremely helpful. Also, I am constantly detoxing my body. In addition, I also pray to my Archangel Haziel. To know who your Angel is go to this link:

I am currently in a town close to Mexico City. I left NYC in 2016 to travel to Central America to find a cure. While traveling I have met so many people who are willing to help. Although, I have come to learn that the cure will come from inside not outside of ourselves.

Let me know your thoughts and if you need to talk, we can do so using Facebook or I can call you from here as I have a cell phone that would be free to use to contact you.

You are not alone. Help is on the way.

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Hi Robin Please use

Hi Robin

Please use maryann500@hotmail to reach me. Would love to learn more about you and your travels. \looking forward to talking to you.

Mary Ann

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Hi Robin Hope you are doing

Hi Robin

Hope you are doing okay. Sorry just to confirm my email address again Hope to hear from you soon. Mary ann

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You are not alone

Thank god i found this website, i cannot explain how relieved i am to see other people's experiences on here. Not in a sadistic way, but an empathetic way.
My odor problem started approximately a year and a half ago i'd say. I have lost everyone i love, lost my faith in humanity for the most part, my entire life, and countless people i love, and what relationships i have remaining are strained to the breaking point. I made a bullshit half hearted suicide attempt, but please dont ever resort to that. Im not sure when exactly it became obnoxious, but As an observant person i quickly noted that things seemed different. Customers and coworkers at my workplace began treating me increasingly rudely which led to my quitting. I was unable to find further work, despite several interviews. I dress well, am very articulate, have a good work ethic, so on and so forth. I just figured it was bad luck and didnt suspect anything at that point. I was eventually able to find an under the table job at a local mobility scooters place, the first inkling i had that something wasnt right was when id come into the office, the lady i worked with had this certain way of saying "i'll butt out" and the insistence of me working outside and or in the shop. which just did not quite sit right with me.
I am now able to put the dots together. Perhaps my reekage did not start this early but i suspect that it did. Shortly thereafter my boyfriend of 3 1-2 years dumped me, shortly after my former roommate moved out. We were all supposed to live in that house together, her man and her in one room, my man and i in the other. Theyd been treating me weirdly. He would refuse to have sex with me, wed argue constantly. My roommate went to live at her father in law's instead. I, having lost my job was unable to support the house alone and i then moved and i got into the drug scene a little bit, moved out, took on a new lover. Everything went well for a few weeks. One day he came on to me with this "have you ever heard of deodorant?" Comment. My first sign that something was amiss. During that entire pitiful failure of a relationship, we'd only had sex once, he soon quit even wanting to deal with me in that way remotely. I went to the laundromat several times. Noticed people moving away from me while i folded my laundry. I was still able to go out in public without anybody commenting at this point, so i figured that i was being paranoid about being a tweeker. Shortly thereafter i noticed the fits of coughing whenever people interacted with me. I stayed in the shower for 8 hours one time, trying to scrub myself clean. I scrubbed myself so hard i actually took my top layer of skin off on multiple parts of my body. And still, to no avail. I started trying to shower multiple times a day, buying super scented body wash. Washing my clothes three or four times. Nothing worked.
Then my roommates at that house would proceed to talk shit on me, and drop "subliminal messages" left and right, and then proceed to tell me things like "its all in your head." While in the next room saying things to each other like "oh my god is she stupid? Does she not get it?" Refusing to eat around me, everyone complaining of being sick, and so on. They had a female friend come over one time, i had retired to the bedroom because of being self conscious and the two females, talking to one another. My former roommate and friend says to the guest "i know. And we have to live with her." And then they started laughing. The previous tenant of the house moved out shortly after i moved in, our "friends" came over one day and noted the tenant's complaint of "what's that smell?" Our friends came over another time and my former friend and roommate barged in saying "it smells like pussy in here." Totally not obvious that my "lover" put my friend up to that, since his comment of "ever heard of deodorant?" "Failed to work" on me.
I refused to come out last xmas. Spent a few hours in the shower until everyone left. I then did a test on them to prove my suspicions. Around new years of last year, i came out of the shower steaming hot (oh lovely) and went to sit outside. This was the first time i nearly felt faint and my arm curled up on me. It scared me and i needed to cool down. They proceeded to tell me i looked cute, and as i sat outside with the door open, they could observe my shadow on the cement, though they could not see me. I heard my roommate talking to the other inside saying "she doesnt realize its coming from her" blah blah blah. I then concluded they wanted someone to hate on and think they can "shame me into changing my ways." So i, knowing that, performed my test. I picked my nose, and moved my hand past beside my mouth, to give the illusion i ate the booger, since they were observing the shadow and not me. "Oh my god did she just eat that??" "I did that when i was like... 5." "I think she knows shes being watched" because i turned my head at that comment to further indicate i had "been caught off guard" of course at this point, had come to my conclusions that these people thought i was a pig, and cut my losses that very night. I stayed there on and off for a few months regardless, but knowing where i stood. I even made jokes about myself in an attempt to bring some light to the situation, quoting things like "through yonder window light breaks, what play was that, a midnight "summers eve?" In an attempt to bring a smile. Countless other things. Another incident. I found a wonderful group of friends that had a halloween party. I only went there twice, because self conscious enough about my reeking, i still saw the signs. One of the women there said "the bathroom's over there if you need it." I know she meant it politely but i felt the undertones nonetheless. The second time i carpooled a friend over there and i could see it all over his face when he got in my car that he thought it smelled horrible. I left upset after i lashed out at another friend. "We care about you." To which i sneered "whats it to you?"
I during this time, tweeking, and in a depressions over the loss of my 3 1/2 year dearest love of my life, had still failed to find work. At this point, aware of my offending odor, i then became relatively housebound, antisocial, and the dissolution of my relationships began.
Many fights between the lover and i occurred. My car failed on me, so i became pretty much completely housebound. Too paranoid to go out without insurance, and so on and so forth. Radiator problems. You get the idea. It was at this time i noticed the odor of rotten eggs, shit, and a slight vaginal odor. My breath always smelled bad, and i noticed tooth rot. I figured i couldnt smell it because my breath was incurably bad, so in addition to being antisocial i had to become silent too, god forbid my breath contribute to the reekage too. I ran away to my former boss's house, for a few weeks. At first it was okay, but soon he started the coughing at my presence, the neighbors if i so much as went outside for a cigarette. I bounced back and forth between several other places, lost almoat everything i owned. But got clean and cut my ties with that "lover" and my former friends/roommates.
"Fishy pants" was another nickname they so lovingly gave me. I went to the ER last year. Nurses walked by "oh its just one of those meth heads" and the nurse who had to attend me was obviously disgusted, rushed the job, bruised my arm badly while inserting IV needle in his haste to leave my presence. ER did nothing for me. Was unable to go to the welfare office to get my case renewed due to my inability to deal with public criticism.
At that point my reekage was so bad that even driving in my car with both windows up, people would quickly try to get ahead of me in lane, talk about disheartening.
I avoided and still do, avoid going in public at any cost. I still must have music playing at all times, to drown out as much outer noise as possible. Even today i went outside to get groceries, and the neighbors coughed. Ridiculous. Everytime i go out, people stare, cough, its beyond degrading. I havent seen anyone i love in way too long. My family was the worst of all. I recently returned to my home state. I went to california to my family to stay clean and avoid going back to the toxic environment of the "lover" and roommates and drugs i had left. Theyd sit there and throw up, make all sorts of degrading gestures and subtle hints. My uncle would fart in my direction and say "theres a kiss for ya" and while on the phone if i happened to pass by would accidentally say the word "fart" my cousin would bring over giant packs of toilet paper. They too would lie to me and tell me that i didnt stink. Not to mention countless fights ive gotten into "i dont appreciate being called a liar". Line ive gotten about a million times. Body language doesnt lie. At the train starion back to my home state, many people coughed, and wrinkled their noses at me when walking by, talking to each other "i dont wanna be mean but she stinks really bad" i was then told to go out and get a job. As if they are going to hire me when i cant go one day without somebody coughing within 20 feet of me. I saw a doctor who told me "it is anxiety manifesting itself physically." talk about useless doctors. With my having to couch hop i cant even get stable to see doctors. They never help anyways. I cant even tell you the last time i got a good nights sleep. And thanks to my physical state, not to mention emotional, i am unable to seek the solitude i so desperately need. Because i cannot get a job i am forced to keep couch hopping. You can imagine how stressful it is in my state of existence. Even from across the house they cough constantly. I tried detox, probiotics, antibiotics, feminine products, countless soaps and deodorants, nothing works. Im quite sure candida is a contributing factor, if not the cause. we ordered my symbiotic probiotics today, i eagerly await them. At this point i dont care if it cures it, if it helps, it is something. This whole ordeal has given an entirely different perspective on life. God providing, i ever do recover, there are so many things i will never take for granted or complain about ever again. Bless all of us tormented souls. And like many others, i do understand. I was the first person to bitch about somebody stinking or being gross back in my day. I am more disgusted than anyone, i can assure you.
All sorts of degrading gestures by my family as well. "You should cook tuna helper for dinner." (And then theyd always throw away the food id cook.) god forbid it doesnt smell good when i cook. or "we should have cabbage/beans." Making fun of the smell and my gas. Worst 6 months of my life ive ever wasted. Upon my cousin moving out there was a comment of "get the shit smell out of here."
And then on top of this i am now accused of being "schizophrenic" "autistic" or "nariccistic" because "not everything is about me."
Im tired of people thinking they can shame me into "cleaning up." Or that since it is "stress caused" that if they tell me that i dont stink my body will quit producing stress hormones which make me stink.
Oh and the worst comments are "oh that poor dog" inplying that since the dog can smell better than humans, yada yada. Hellooo?? Such heartless people.
My family in cali did the same thing theyd sit out there and talk shit about me. "Shes a thief and a liar, all the animals are sick, shes never coming back here again."
The most unsupportive fuckers ive ever met. Oh and my cousins comment about "we cant smell shit." HAHA... good one chris.
Or them thinking that its a self esteem thing. That if i had a job or was getting laid or whatever it would motivate me to take better care of myself since obviously "its due to me not taking proper care of myself."
I am about 9 months clean. And recently married someone i know loves me. For which im extremely grateful. My stink hasnt improved much since then. I use antibacterial body wash. Does no good. My clothes never come clean. Nor does the bedding. I itch and burn constantly. My acne is the worst its ever been. So many cysts and pustules that refuse to go away. My tongue bleeds everytime i brush. I smell nearly as bad getting out of the shower as when i get in, if not worse.
Im so mad all the time that my heart aches. As does my head. Stomach troubles. Period troubles. Im so sick of feeling nasty and being unable to do a thing about it. Unable to see the ones i love let alone live a normal life.
The psychological torture is the worst. I have dreams about me being depicted as the pig in a farm of animals. Or People sitting on the toilet shitting saying "i thought of you today." On top of never having a good night's sleep.
So on and so forth.
Zero quality of life.
Zero enjoyment. Zero peace of mind.
The "its all in your head" comments are great. >bad breath comes from your mouth, "your head."
God forbid i breathe wrong. God forbid i have to open my mouth and speak.
Nobody ever deserves to be treated or made to feel the way i have been.

Not to mention i know that my former roommate blasted me all over facebook. Some comment about "adult diapers" and shit. So now i dont even have anyone who likely doesnt think ill of me, or look down on me. My reputation is gone never to return. And its a shame. Anyone is lucky to have me. I am a wonderful person. Not now, but i was and will be again.
If i were doing this on purpose i could understand the hate. But im not. And thats what i cant forgive. "Its just a joke" only goes so far.
Even if and when i get better. The emotional damage is done. Many will never be forgiven. Or see the me that they knew and loved ever again.

Anyways, ive diagnosed candida as part of the problem. Cant wait to try these pills and hope they help. Since i am now married i am eligible for my husband's military health insurance and not not the half ass state welfare insurance and maybe a COMPETENT professional can help me.

I dont intake much sugar as is. Ive greatly improved my diet. It hasnt seemed to make much of a difference.

Wish me luck. I wish you all good luck. Much love.

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TMAU: genetic cause for fishy body odour


Please ask your doctor to test you for a condition called TMAU which is a genetic condition that causes a fishy odour from skin, breath, urine and vagina. Certain foods make it worse.

Here is a link to a pubmed study so you can print it out and take to your doctors appointment in case they have never heard of it before (it's meant to be quite rare but I come across it so often that I don't think it's as rare as it's made out to be).

As well as fishy, other people describe their body odour as like cats urine or ammonia.

It can be treated:
- Low dose antibiotics to suppress bacteria in the gut
- Yucca
- Activated charcoal
- Amino acid ornithine
- Chlorophyll

Some options work better for different people so keep trying until your find what works for you.

Wishing you all the best

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The cure for fecal body odor

I am also going through this atm, This is what i think will cure it and it has greatly reduced my fecal BO and people only cough when they are like literally right next to me now before it use to be all the time, i can tell because i have to take uber a lot and the uber driver usually coughs or looks away but lately there hasn't been coughing or looking away.
I'm pretty sure this is some sort of infection or imflammation but i'll tell you how to cure both

So first things first

Drink "Organic pau darco" it has to be organic otherwise there'll be too many toxins and it'll just make you worse
3 - 4x a day
have it inbetween meals for it to work properly i've read that if you have it with meals it doesn't work as good

30 mins later take a shot of organic extra virgin olive oil it has to organic and extra virgin
the reason why you have to eat/drink a lot of organic foods is because you want to minimize pesticides and chemical toxins as much as possible so your body can recover

Breakfast - organic Oat bran 100 grams with half a small avocado. make sure u soak it for at least 8 hours

Lunch - Organic quinoa 200grams with organic veggies and 50 grams of chicken breast i suggest bok choy because it's easy to digest the other veggies i ate just made me bloat like kale and brocolli. If you cant afford organic conventional is fine just soak
it with salt for 30 mins

ps you must pressure cook quinoa to remove sapponin and anti nutrients that'll make you sick
it's fairly easy just buy a pressure cooker put water in and wait till it boils then
leave on high heat, pour quinoa in, take out enough water for it just to be a little bit over the quinoa. then close the lid and turn it to the tighest and let it cook for 4min, then take it off the stove and leave it there for another 7 then loosen the valve to the looset then open.

lunch 2 -quinoa,veggies, half a small avocado

dinner - quinoa veggies half a small avo and 50grams chicken breast

try eat every 3 hours to avoid cravings and have medium meals our stomach is not in good shape so it can't digest well so you can't be stuffing yourself

after it's all said and done you want to eat as clean as possible to avoid this happening again
eat the old way not the processed way organic with grains and veggies and wild caught salmon if you can

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I recommend for you all to try these...

Ok firstly let me just say WE ARE WHAT WE EAT this has to be the most important thing to understand. Eat beautiful colourful food, eat live food only, by that I mean food which has grown from the earth, deffinately no animals (which will sit in your guts and rot) especially if constipated, drink lots of water, drink warm liquids ie warm water with lemon slice or some kind of tea as warm fluids are very cleansing. For the people with constipation; get food grade Epsom salts, make sure good quality and must be ok for internal use. Boil water wait till your enough for drinking, get a tall cup add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts and fill your the warm water, fill up the glass to the top.
Now the best bit....drink it, it's pretty gross but so worth it. Do it a couple of times a week and see if it helps, it definitely should.
Secondly you must read this book, you can find a free pdf on the net. This book will change your life. You will begin to understand how the body works and hopefully realise how so much of what we know is wrong. Anyway read the book guys, its called The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz, there is soo much great info inside that book, simply amazing, honestly. Lastly I must just say, to put it simply just think of our bodies as a whole bunch of tubes! Yep im for real, think about it, everything in us is basically a tube. What is one thing that can cause issues with tubes.....blockages. So can you imagine how many blocked tubes we all have in our bodies from eating and drinking the shit we do these days. Also we are meant to potty at least once a day, at least! Our bodies are supposed to hold only about 3 meals yet the average person these days holds about 12 meals. That can't be good for anyone, especially if you eat meat and it sits inside you for days rotting. Anyways hope this helps someone

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I might really committ suicide coming 2017.
I am so depressed and doctors are so fucking useless.

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dying please read this

I totally understand where you are coming from, I have been there too, I know how awful it is :-(

PLEASE! please please do yourself a favor and read this amazing book!
I promise you will get more answers than any doctor has ever given you

The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse by Andreas Moritz

you can find a free pdf on google

Really hope you all read it as it would help so many of you.
If you don't like to read you can find some videos on youtube if you type in the book title :-D

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Suicide help line


Please do not despair. You will find a way to make it through with or without doctors. Here is a suicide prevention hotline number. Please call them for support. 1-800-273-8255.

Keep your head up!
Blessings and a big, fat hug

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Nullo Tablets

Hi everyone. First of all, so much love to all of you brave and beautiful people. You are so supportive of each other here. It's such a wonderful thing because all of you are worthwhile and deserving of all of the love life has to offer.

I've suffered with fecal incontinence for almost 41 years and excessive sweating for about 20 years. I am going to try Nullo tablets because I've tried everything else I know of. All of the detox/diet/exercise/soaking/etc hasn't changed a thing for me. The active ingredient in Nullo is chlorophylln, a water soluble form of chlorophyll, that is more readily available to the body because it can easily be transmitted through the bloodstream.

I'm ordering the tablets today, have set this page to send me notifications and will update you on my progress as I go along. There is 50 years of evidence that this safely works for all types of body odor, If not completely neutralizing, very effective minimizing of body odors. I don't know why this has never been suggested to us before considering that hospitals use it.

Anyway. Stay strong. We should make a support group on facebook. If you are interested just let me know in the comments here and I will set up a secret group.

Much love to you all.

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Yes, please start a support group on facebook. We all need each other's support. Let us know the name facebook.

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Hey guys idk if anyone stills comments on here . But I've been dealing with constipation for 2 in a half years now . And ever since I started getting constipated this horrible odor began ..This odor comes from my rectum. Anal fecal odor ..
Now idk if you guys are dealing and suffering from the same situation as me .. but I've dealt with the it smells like shit in here comments , who farted , the ugly faces , people covering their nose , coughing , when I walk by they scoot back when I walk in they get uncomfortable and even if they don't tell me straight up I see it in their body language and face expressions .

Hopeful's picture

Get some tea tree oil, dab a

Get some tea tree oil, dab a drop on your finger, wipe it in your rectum area after showering. It doesn't burn when I do it. Worth a try especially if you're desperate. Good luck

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Hello I have been dealing with fecal body odor for 2 years now . I'm 18 . It's been really hard for me. I got withdrawled from school because I was missing alot . I was getting bullied by this guy in my class . I sat in a group of 3 guys , and one of them will say she smells
like shit . I will have to act like I didn't hear his remarks and comments . Even though it made me feel bad and I waned to cry . But it's crazy because I never had an odor not even a hormonal odor . I never smelled when I sweat neither . I always had good hygiene . I never had stinky farts neither .. Now when I fart it smells so bad , it literally bothers me .. I noticed this smell when I realized I wasnt using the bathroom on a regular basis . Constipation has to be the cause of this horrible odor. I don't get the urge like I use too and when I do use the bathroom my bowels are incomplete . I feel like I'm not finished . I don't have no pain , or bloody stools . I just don't poop as much .. I never had a problem with constipation . And now I do and every since it started this odor has been following me everywhere . Even after a shower I still smell bad . I also get this warm feeling in my rectum .. and it seems to make my odor worse ...when I get nervous/anxiety my odor smell worse as well.. Now this odor comes from my rectum .. Theres alot of people that suffer from diarrhea and constipation and don't smell at all!!!! But why do I smell?? It feels like I'm cursed . I have no life . I'm home bound . I'm locked in the room everyday depressed on the Internet reading blogs and forums of people suffering with fecal body odor and fecal breath .. I know I'm not crazy . Because I'm not the only one suffering with this problem . These blogs are my support system , they give me a huge relief .. social anxiety , depression , stress , insecurities .. Everybody tells me it's all in your head . But their body language and face expressions tell me otherwise .. my lil sister confirmed my odor .. but she says there's times when she smells it and there's times when she doesn't . But I smell it EVERY SINGLE DAY !!! I really want my life back , I wanna get back in school and finish school. I miss going out . I miss being happy . I miss my old life before I got this odor . It hurts so bad .. I get suicidal thoughts .. but I don't actually got the balls to kill myself .. I never had this odor before so I know I'll be able to cure it . That's just the way I see it .. I gotta think positive in order to have faith and hope on getting my life back ..
I'm gonna work on having regular bowel movements , by doing colon cleanses and taking probiotics and mineral vitamins ( Zinc , Magnesium , & Calcium ) . I hope getting rid of my constipation will get rid of this odor as well !! I'm gonna keep praying and pushing through with doctors !!!
Do not give up !!!!!! Pray pray and pray and seek help with doctors , keep pressing them !! And if you need anyone to talk too , email me I will be able to understand and hopefully help !!! God bless you all!!

Lav's picture

Try this!


Even I am suffering from TMAU! Terrible terrible situations I have faced!

I recently started taking Liv 52 from Himalaya.. Yu get capsules, syrup or tablets. Take 2 teaspoons everyday or 2 tablets.
I feel a lot better. The odour isnt that much...

Actually, it cleanses the liver. Liver is the main organ of he body..

Email me and keep in touch!

Hope it works for u! Cheer up!!

- Lav

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Exact thing Im going through

This is wht I am currently going through. I tried to go vegetarian but then i wasnt moving stools at all so today I added back chicken to get some fats to see if I could hve a natural bowel movement. This is so painful it sucks so much.

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Hi can we talk please

Hi your story sounds like what im going through is there somehow i can contact you if possible i just want to talk to sum1 hu undastands wat im g0ing through thanks. Halen Nathan.

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Hang in there I have the same

Hang in there I have the same problem. I have discovered that taking l-glutamine really helps tremendously. I have such large bowel movements that there cannot be anything left in my system to smell. You can buy at any health food store or GNC. Take care and keep in touch if you like.

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My daughters breathe or lung air has smelled like pickles since she was very younge. Has anyone heard of a reason for this?

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New Found Treatments and Perspective on Life

I have been experiencing similar issues and symptoms that the majority of you have posted since high school. I have body odor, but my smell would mostly come from me sweating under my arms and in my groin area that would then smell. And I mean the grossest smell over! After many nights crying myself to sleep and thinking that it was my hygiene that was causing the smell, maybe a year and a half ago I actually got online and started researching what could be causing this condition in my body. In the past I have never been able to consistently use the bathroom like a person should on a weekly basis and I have been like this my entire life. So on top of eating tons of candy, snacks, meat (3 times a day), loads of bread, and dessert (at least 2 times a day), I was not able to get the food out of my body. This got worse as I got older. When I did use the bathroom, sometimes once a week, the results were very painful and large leaving me sore and bleeding most of the time. I know all the undigested and digested food sitting in my body for days at a time was contributing to my smell.

Again after doing research and finding sites like this one I have been able to better understand what is going on with my body and the huge consequences not having a healthy diet can have on your body. I want to share with you guys some things that I have been doing that has helped me tremendously with maintaining my body odor. It's not totally cured but it's extremely better than it has been in the past.

1.Supplements: take zinc, magnesium, chlorophyll either every morning or every night. Also take enzymes at least twice a day with meals. All of these help with the over all smell inside your body, digestion of food and undigested food still left in your intestines.

2. Bath routine: take at least 30 mins to an hour of time to yourself and enjoy cleaning yourself each morning and night. I listen to uplifting messages and sermons on my phone while I sit in the tub and soak. It helps you to focus on healing your soul and concentrating on more important issues than your b.o. Pour yourself a hot/warm bath and fill with 2 handfuls of epsom salts and bubbles. I have been using the Dr.Teals brand for both of these and they feel great. I also use the Target private label epsom salt which is great also. Please note that your skin absorbs what you apply to it, so no scented soaps or body washes (they make you smell worse). You want to use an organic body wash and hair conditioner (i'll explain) like Trader Joe's tee tree oil body wash and the conditioner in this collection. I also add a handful of baking soda to the water be/c of its great cleaning properties. After I soak, I wash my body with the TJ Tea tree body wash and rinse. Then I apply the TJ tea tree conditioner all of my body each body part at a time. I rub the conditioner into my skin vigorously for about a minute or more for each area. As I said before your body absorbs the conditioner which has ingredients to help moisturize your skin and the tea tree oil in the conditioner cools and provides a deep cleaning for your pores. Do not rinse off until you have scrubbed the conditioner all over your body. You will feel the tea tree oil working and you will experience a cooling effect from the peppermint in the conditioner and it feels amazing. You then can rinse off and continue to enjoy yourself or end your bath. Before you completely get out of the tub turn on your shower while your bath water is draining and rinse all the extra residue from the cleaning products and bubbles in the bath water off your skin. Make sure the water is cool as this will clean your skin off and cool your body to help prevent sweating while you get ready.

3.Food: Eating raw/frozen fruits, vegetables, and cooking is the only way to go. Drinking smoothies on a daily basis with kefir (which is full of probiotics) and a fresh banana has been a great addition to my diet that has helped me with digesting my food. Also only eat fiber whole grain bread, not whole wheat, only and cut out all dairy. I say that and I still eat ice-cream and sour cream in small amounts throughout the week. I do not drink milk at all since I have substituted it for almond milk, which has a longer shelf life anyway. Make sure to get unsweetened/plain (without vanilla flavor) almond milk to avoid the added sugar. Eat as healthy as you can and get a pinterest account. There are so many recipes available on that site, and be sure to type in things like "no sugar recipes" "dairyless" "vegan recipes". Also drink lots of water and add lemon/lime. In the morning heat us some coconut oil with water, add lemon and drink first thing to get your digestion started. Also, cook as much as possible with coconut oil.

4.Hygiene: for people who sweat like I do get cotton squares ( i get mine from Target) and place them in your underwear to absorb the sweat from your groin area. You can also add them to your shoes to absorb sweat from your feet. The squares are small enough to put in a ziploc bag and take with you on the go for touch ups. The cotton squares don't have the synthetic backing that panty liners do making them more breathable. Also use an organic body powder consisting mainly of cornstarch instead of talcum powder (I order mine online off Etsy). Wash your body with a different towel every day and lay your towel out to dry without bunching it up so air can get to every part of the towel. Buy disposable wipes to help clean yourself when you are out and about. Hand sanitizer is also a great way to clean your skin when you are not at home.

5. Life: Laugh, keep busy, start pursing your dreams, enjoy your hobbies, spend time with people you love, take day trips and see things you haven't seen like a park or tourist town near you, start working online (for people who aren't working;google work at home jobs; search on pinterest also for great sources of information) and live your life and enjoy it. You have to step back for a second and seriously ask yourself, if I had never experienced life with my current state of b.o. how would I react to someone who smelled bad? If everyone is realistic you know you would probably do some of the same cruel things people are doing to you without understanding why someone could be smelling the way they do. This understanding will allow you to better understand why people are so mean and nasty to you. That doesn't make it right but it's just the way things are. Until you experienced your personal battle with b.o. you would have never understood the struggle of the condition until you went through it. On that note also know that you are not what is happening to you. Whether you feel this way or not, this condition of b.o. is only a set back. Your condition it only is a struggle socially. There are some people who are dying and will never breath another breath of life and we are so depressed and on the brink of suicide because of remarks from stupid people. What you don't realize is that what you think affects every cell in your body regardless if it is positive or negative. Do not allow this condition to become a permanent reality for you because of your negative thinking. Spend every second of your life being grateful for life and thinking positive thoughts, and reminding yourself of how amazing you are regardless of how you feel. Your feelings are fickle and they are emotions, they are not facts. Get on youtube and listen to meditation videos, watch comedy shows/tv shows so you can laugh on a daily basis, have a wall full of affirmations to uplift you everyday, and believe that your body will be healed even if it is not the reality at the moment. Jesus is real and he heals; call upon his name, raise your hands to him, and say you receive the healing of your body and mind. Continue to believe you are healed and think positive things about yourself while also loving yourself and your body and it will happen. You will be manifesting healing of your body as well as healing the negativity you have built up in your mind from the mean comments of people. This manifestation is similar to manifesting and achieving your dreams and goals. This experience will make you a better person and have a bigger heart. Don't hate yourself because of this. But instead love every second of your life including the things you currently can not change and shame the devil from building negative and suicidal thoughts in your head. You don't know how amazing you are. You didn't start out as a microscopic sperm, survive growing in the womb of your mother, and still be alive today for your life to be worthless. Your life is so valuable and there is no one else created like you, has the same DNA or finger prints as you. That's how unique you are. Again, this condition is only a set back. If your smell was socially acceptable it would not have such an affect on your life as it does to you currently. Everyone experiences set backs in their life. For some its cancer, a disease, addictions, loosing limbs and many other situations. But right now your set back is the smell of your body. Use this experience to help someone else who is suffering.

Take your physical health serious and eat better and take your emotional health serious and renew your mind. I'm going through the same thing you guys are going through but this is not going to define me, and neither should you let it define your life! Be blessed and remember to pray for healing. It's worked for me.

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reply to "New Found Treatments and Perspective on Life"

Your comment brought me to tears because I've been feeling so emotionally broken about my problem. But your comment made me realize that this is not a permanent problem and I will get through this. I believe anyone going through this problem will get through it. Changing the way in which I think also helps me to keep on. I'm so thankful you made this comment because it spoke to me. God bless you.

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Reply to body odor commentor

Hello, I am Laura.
I have read your message in its entirety.
I knew there was a message in it for me.
I had breast cancer February, 2014.
I was struck by a drunk driver July 3, 2014, I lost my right arm below my elbow. My innards were stuffed up under my ribs from the seatbelt.
Now it is November 29, 2015 and I am researching why I smell like a skunk from every pore.
When I got to your last few sentences, I found the message.
God loves me or I would not have survived Breast cancer and the crash, both in a 5 month time frame.
Thank you whomever you are for reminding me to keep my eyes, heart and love on Jesus.
Any response from anyone will be appreciated.
I cannot be the only one out here with these occurrences of multiple tragedys in less than 6 months.
See: April 2, 2015 for photo and article about me.

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This might help overcome the BO

It came to me by chance I had excessive sweating & body odore problem & after taking bath it became worst it was really bad & at the same time I had depression and anxiety so for that I have been proscribed the "Amytryptine" an antidepressant. In a month at a dose 250mg twice daily it changed my sweating problem to normal and after that I never excessive sweating. I later suggested same to my sister and some other's with same problem and it magically cured their excessively sweating. I suggests all you try this might help,

Serendip Visitor's picture

this might help

this is what I did use candida products

I also used their parasite cleanse but only after completing the candida cleanse program

I then cut my diet right back to just bare essentials no dairy very little processed foods

have loads of hot drinks daily with fresh lemon and hot water with fresh ginger

i used for six months...Thieves spray to clean out my gums...nasal passage (dilute with water)....roof of mouth...under tongue....throat areas....and ears

then recently i started inhaling fresh lemon juice through the nasal passages over sink and lifting head up and turning to different sides to cover all areas inside throat/sinus passages

long journey just keeping at it

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Body odor and badbreath

I have desame problem too like anyone here and its now 2yrs been sufferring from fecal body odor and bb,i resign from my job,lost my career and i dont socialize anymore,i always stayed at house ,no one tried to come closer to me and they hated me.i tried a lot of medicines but nothing works i felt very depress and a goodlooking guy but my smell is very im taking probiotics and waiting if hows the result....sometimes i just want to end it by comitting suicide.

T's picture

Hey, im so sorry to hear

Hey, im so sorry to hear you're going through this too. It definitely takes a Effin tole on you, doesn't it?
I know you've posted this a few years ago, so you might not recieve this... but, I just found this post... please let me know if you have found a solution!! I used to be happy and full of life, have many friends. Now im super depressed and not well. Im a female and people say im very good looking, I jjust need support or help pls! Any1 who reads this, that has a solution or wants 2 talk email me. Taytay.edith1991@gmail dot com.

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Response to your question

I have no answers at the moment. It seems as though the more I work on getting rid of it, it only gets worse. Right now I am in Belize where I saw an obia man (indigenous healer) who gave me candles to burn and herbs to use and it has not abated and it's been about 2 weeks. From where I sit, it seems that self-acceptance is the only solution that I can provide at this moment. I'm listening to abraham Hicks on You Tube to see if I can focus on what I want and not on what I don't want. (e.g. I want my body to have a healthy and fragrant aroma now and always.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Nadia's picture

persistent b.o.

I have your answer, I went through this for more than 3 decades. I too thought of suicide and almost had a nervous breakdown. I found out about a condition called TMAU, a condition that prevents your body from breaking down choline, that's what is causing the awful smell. You'll have to change your diet that stops the smell. Look it up online and be encouraged.

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Hold you head up high

I have been going through this for about 40 years. It got worse in 1999. I say, just hang in there. Hold your head up high. Find something to anchor you by thinking about butterflies, dolphins, birds, something in nature that brings you joy. Probiotics are a good start. Also make sure that your bowels are moving regularly. You might have a parasitic condition. And if so, try taking ah herb called neem. For your bowels take cascara sagrada. The probiotic should be vegetarian and not dairy. Drink lots of water, exercise until you sweat everyday and prayer to whatever god you choose. Please know that you can win this!!!! If you feel like you want to take your life, call a hotline or contact a dependable friend.

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I really wish you all the best who are suffering as I suffer a similar complaint. The only thing I can call upon is inner strength and the determination not to be a victim. There is always the great potential of a solution or a recovery around the corner and I hold on for that. For most is does come and it may just be in reach-you never know.I also feel that I refuse to let the idiots take me down. Lets be strong together and accept the gossip but refuse to bear the direct and some times indirect insults.

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don't lose hope patient please:)

hi a 25 years old been suffering bo for nearly 9 years. My ordor start when i secondary school when i was 16 years , suddenly my friends been talking or screaming that my im stink and i start feel stressed and can't concentrate on my studies and i feel scared and i start hydrolysis sydrome and also panic attack i start sweat excessively in my armpits , hands and my sole of my feets.. ..i m also feel sad and desperate.and even felt wanted to die..but i told my myself if i die my problem will not i when to see my doctor .My doctor and my family say i had no body ordor..and my doctor give me also give me medicine to eat as i sweat a lot when i felt embarrassed with myself and felt scared of everyone in my class..because they hate me. I eat the medicine that doctor gave me and apply peroxide in my armpits but i didn't works for me and become even worst.Until this year 2014, i found a few solutions that reduce my problems in website . Im using my homemade deodorant by using 1/4 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup baking soda,3 Tbsp coconut oil,1 Tbsp grated beeswax,8 drops tea tree oil,8 drops of some other essential oil (optional lavender) Begin by melting coconut oil and beeswax together over a double boiler. I rest a heat-proof bowl inside a small saucepan of water and heat it gently, stirring constantly, until the beeswax is melted.Then add the remaining ingredients. Stir it all together. At this point, you’ll have a runny paste or slurry. This will change quickly.Work quickly: pour your deodorant slurry into your empty deodorant stick or small bottle of glass. LASTLY put in your fridge for a few hours. Then you can apply in your armpits before going to school or work.*I am quite certain that the tea tree oil and baking soda are essential ingredients. Don’t skip it! It helps kill the bacteria that create stink. lavender is also antibacterial ingredient. Or you can also use arrowroot powder to substitute the corn starch. baking soda sometimes can cause can also reduce to 2 spoon of baking soda. adding beeswax is to holding the deodorant more longer but u can also not add beeswax if you don't like it.
If you don't like to make deodorant you can buy deodorant that it works..such as meow meow tweet deodorant and schmidts deodorant in website. The ingredients made from natural ingredients..doesn't not contains aluminum that links to cancers. The commercial deodorants in supermarkets mostly contain paraben and aluminum are toxic to us and also links to cancers so i strongly recommend don't use commercial deodorant please. I stop using it last year as i know it will cause cancer. Better be safe rather than sorry.Deodorant won’t stop you from sweating. But sweating is a natural process that helps your body get rid of toxins, and shouldn’t be inhibited. Embrace it.However, if you’ve never used a natural deodorant, you probably will have to go through an adjustment period. Your body has to get used to not having its glands blocked. Be patient. Pick a time when you won’t be around people too much. My transition period lasted 1 month.
2 method .. i try doing yoga and meditate at listening to the yoga relax and calms my minds.
3 method i been vegan for 2 months. I stop eating meats ,eggs,onions, garlic and seafood. Im eating vegetables everyday and drinking chlorophy twice a day.Drinking vegetable juices such as 4 Carrots w/ Green Tops,1 Cucumber,1 head Celery, 1 bunch Parsley, 1 bunch Kale,1 bunch Cilantro and1 handful Cherry Tomatoes. put all ingredients in blender and blend.
Try these methods guys maybe it can solve your problems.

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Begging to Die part 2

Please calm down , I too wanted to commit suicide like I said but you just got to find a reason why you are alive and work towards it. No shit!!! I get control over my life!!! nothing can come from no where and destroy me. All thanks to the people I met in this forum there advice and emails. I bath 2 times a day , stopped using perfume when I noticed that it can't mask much just be natural. I drink lots of water, just don't do what will make you sweat too much if you are in an official place. Don't wear a cloth more than once wash it well especially the armpit(bleach). whenever I feel uncomfortable I ask someone around who is a friend without shame, like this "Do I stink??? why are people looking like dummies then??" most people say no , a girl said yes you used to stink before but now I can't perceive anything and most importantly be confident but not over confident . listen to Abraham Hicks quote like a nice woman once told me from these forum. Reduce sugar intake seriously, please do and processed foods too a lot, I can perceive noodles in an unpleasant smell when I eat too much of it and I sweat just be strong .Like I said no shit, take control over your life and work hard, feel free to mail me , I have made lots of research on this stuff and a few temp. cure. We all hope to get a permanent cure soon if gene cloning works. This disease traumatized me though and makes me feel sad a times cause sadness drains off my energy , but never give up on your life because it is your life.

Suicide attempts's picture

dude am the college dude who wanted to commit suicide.

Please calm down , I too wanted to commit suicide like I said but you just got to find a reason why you are alive and work towards it. No shit!!! I get control over my life!!! nothing can come from no where and destroy me. All thanks to the people I met in this forum there advice and emails. I bath 2 times a day , stopped using perfume when I noticed that it can't mask much just be natural. I drink lots of water, just don't do what will make you sweat too much if you are in an official place.Don't wear a cloth more than once wash it well especially the armpit(bleach). whenever I feel uncomfortable I ask someone around who is a friend without shame, like this "Do I stink??? why are people looking like dummies then??" most people say no , a girl said yes you used to stink before but now I can't perceive anything and most importantly be confident but not over confident . listen to Abraham Hicks quote like a nice woman once told me from these forum. Reduce sugar intake seriously, please do and processed foods too a lot, I can perceive noodles in an unpleasant smell when I eat too much of it and I sweat just be strong .Like I said no shit, take control over your life and work hard, feel free to mail me , I have made lots of research on this stuff and a few temp. cure. We all hope to get a permanent cure soon if gene cloning works.

Anonymous visitor's picture

I too suffer from the same issue you guys are experiencing.

So my condition is very much like the rest of you guys who have posted here. Constant body odor, I can't smell it myself but I am CONSTANTLY(and I mean constantly) reminded of it by the reactions from people around me everywhere I go. I've only been aware of the problem for the last 2 years now and have done many things to try and remedy it. In my case I know its caused by candida, I'm just having a hard time getting it under control. I regularly drink apple cider vinegar as well as take the supplements candida support by now foods and a few other supplements like adrenal support, pau d arco, flax seed, and l glutamine. To this day I have not been able to stop the body odor and like many of you it is ruining my life on ALL aspects both personal and professional. I don't go out, I don't talk to people, in fact I avoid people as much as possible and this has caused me to lose literally all my past friendships. I recently lost my job and am very concerned about finding a new one since I'm certain my odor will be apparent in any interview I may get. I highly doubt anyone will higher me smelling like I just came out of a sewer. I fear if I can't find a job due to this issue I'll lose everything. I too am considering suicide, and am very serious about it. I will try as hard as I can to find another job and carry on with my life but I just don't see myself leading a normal life or even advancing in my career if this problem doesn't go away. I will say this and this is coming from the heart, if I cannot find a job and I do lose everything I have I will commit suicide. I just don't see any other way out. I can't live the rest of my life isolated from the world with no friends and unable to move forward professionally in life because of this wretched disease, I deeply feel for everyone who is suffering from this along with me. It is a hell of a thing to deal with, definitely destroys peoples lives.

Serendip Visitor's picture


hi there, we had encountered same problem.same reactions from people who are judgemental.As for me i am having this problem for three months now..I am positive that I can find solution to this problem.I got to 4 doctors already.Take their tabs given, but nothing happened still.can you beleive i even think i was a victim of " not like ours".. Everyday is a struggling day for me since i am teaching in one of the schools in our place.and right now, it is my problem to having to find the solution to the problem..

puzzled mind's picture

fecal body odor

Hi there suicide. I fully understand your situation bcause we had same job nd itreally hurts badly.pls feel free to contact me I want to talk to aperson who had same experience.

Serendip Visitor's picture


Write me at f l y b y n I g h t 8 8 at y a h o o
I can help you get it under control enough that you'll feel better. It is awful but suicide is not the answer. I've been there and done that and there is hope out there. Huge strides being made in the micro biome. Hang on there. Help is around the corner.

Ekeldo's picture

Body odor and BB

3yrs,been suffering from fecal B.O and BB.

selma good's picture

bad odour

please help me if you know any thing that can help me in this matter

Serendip Visitor's picture

chemical odour coming from the back

Doctors i had visited but still no solution they all hinting even though it is crippling my heart to see people cringe when am around them i keep on thanking Jesus Christ for the blood and I an going through this persecution for the greater good. Nothing just happen. I am with you my brothers and sisters. Let us not dispare. God is good.

Serendip Visitor's picture

Have you tried black tea?

Have you tried black tea? Chlorophyll? These might about zinc+kelp? I read these could be helpful on other forums..please let me know

Suicide attempts's picture

Begging to Die

I feel like committing suicide , I would have preferred a cancer to body odour. I never had body odour at home when I used to walk in the sun and sweat. It all happened in the 1st year just few days to my 1st exam before a mate of mine told me I stink I felt like he was joking then I asked another guy and he confirmed. I couldn't read throughout my exams again even if I passed with the highest gp that was because I used to read a lot before I realised I had what I hated the most. Every day I feel like dying, it doesn't smell when I just finished bathing but whenever I feel heat cause I perspire a lot or I walk inside the sun people just start sniffing or spitting and it really weakens and depresses me , I can't read again and I have exam next month , I am scared of going outside or to school. J used to be this dedicated and hard working guy but this stuff just finished my life, I wanna die but can't commit suicide I feel like God cursed me. I am cursed and can no longer make friends am only 19 and this stuff ended my life. Nobody believes I have body odour in my family and most people say no. I have no friends now. please email me Israelayoade at gmail dot com. Thank you please I need solution too.

Serendip Visitor's picture

hi. I just 23 , I am

hi. I just 23 , I am suffering for the same stuff u describe . I never used to smell in the tropical weather but since I came to US eastern my body order increases. I can no catch my own breath. it is hard, I take my shower four time before going to class stay I stay smell my entire class room up . even the professor can catch his breath when he teaching. but I notice something when I exercise or sleep well my body odor reduce little bit I done know what to do I smell like shit and my entire university knows about it. therefore exercised and sleep you may reduce it.

Serendip Visitor's picture


Do you drink a lot of water? Don't drink sodas and maybe not regular milk??
I think drinking a LOT of water and not eating spicy foods may help.
I know many people say this. We are all different, so maybe the more water and less spicy foods will help you.
Have you been to a doctor?