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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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How long did it take for you to see results

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

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I was curious to know, where does your 'feet' smell seem to be coming from? If it is your feet,breath,underarm?
s w e e t l a d y 2 2 2 2 at h o t m a i l dot com there are no spaces between

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I'm having that problem now

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

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RE:I'm having that problem now

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

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

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

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Sounds like sulfur smells.

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

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Hi there, You send very close

Hi there,

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

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i smell like you

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

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ITs Hard

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

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re: It's Hard

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

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

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I know that this is an old

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

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I get the same smell

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

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What Others?

What other smells do you have?

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Hi J. I know how you feel.

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

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

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

Best of luck


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

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Re: Rectum Odor Smells From People

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




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

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

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

by the way
i have an acid blood because i it a lot of junk food coke bread and all that fast food
know i am going in a detoxification program
with hidrog no name i am not spam
to maximize oxigen in my blood (very dark thick red blood)the more shines the more oxigen
and alkalise my body to be helthe again
i would like to chat with people like me my msn is


Get tested for TMAU. It could

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

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Finding Support

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

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


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finding support

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

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

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you didnt post your email so

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

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

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

my email is


It's not showing ur e-mail as

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

Take care

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you're right my email is

you're right

my email is hacapeti at g mail . com

let create a support group

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vinegar sweat smell

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

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

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bodymint ?!

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

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

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Losing Job because of Body Odors

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

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I'm sorry about your

I'm sorry about your situation. It is difficult to figure these problems out. I recently lost my job and now have to think about what do I do? Having to go through the job process when you have a problem like this is hard. Then getting to know new people you work with if your lucky enough to get hired. There are nice people out there. And I hope for myself and for you too that we can figure out these problems. You are not alone as you can see from this website. Good luck to you.

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I am 19 years old and am too having to live with this horrible stench following me around, i cant see why this has to happen to me as i'm a very clean person. Through out school i was very popular having the freedom ov choice ov any girl i wanted. NOW,, i can't even bring myself to go out in public, i am parrenoid wenever i hav to get withing breathing space ov another person. I hav friends but i know wot they think of me, so i just stay home alone. It hurts so much wen u cant even sit in the same room as ur mother/father without them not being able to stand the smell or hide the fact that it bothers them as it is so overpowering. I know it is not in my mind as i hav had people tell me that i f**k*ng stink!!! TBH i dont see any future for me, i cant even go to the doctors as i can't stand the hurt/humiliation ov sitting in the waiting area of the surgury. The thing is with this living hell, is that it afects me so much mentally and it dont half make me feel lyk i'm a weirdo becouse wotever this is has made me the person i am 2day. I think people may think i'm a bit weird because i dstance myself so much and even can't bring myself to socialise with family/friends, i dont know if they realise its because of this stench. Mostly i can't smell anything but i always get a wiff of either lyk a fishy, fecal, cheese or sort ov a weird burning smell. I just feel so alone and i don't know how i hav lasted this long as i have no 1 to talk to about it as its bad enough just knowing wot people think ov me.

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I have the same symptoms


I have the same symptoms...Please send me ur condition now.. Are u using something that makes you better?

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dude...assuming you are a

dude...assuming you are a dude :)
BO is not as big a problem as you make it out to be. everyone stinks to one degree or another...if you seem to have a problem only when around people then it is more social paranoia than the actual odor. More than trying out medications i suggest you go work out at the gym helps immensly. believe me i know, i went through the same shit you are going through. as for taking that first step to the gym, its upto you, but once you do i GAURENTEE it will work. All the shit in your body come out through the sweat, itll smell, but hey...who doesnt in a gym

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hey!look, god had a reason

hey!look, god had a reason for creating both of us. I have been like you and have all of the symptoms since a while back and i'm in my 40's now. i'm a nurse so i go in and out of patients rooms socialize with a lot of ppl daily and go to class. how do i do it? i came to realize that i have tried everything i can so far. i bathe constantly use all kind of different soap and deodorant i think the only difference between me and you is i don't really give a danm about what anybody say about me because the world is about me and not the fuckers whose got any negative shit to say about me. I love me a lot, it brings me down sometimes but you know what i can't help it because i dont know what it is. i can't walk outside because the minute i step outside i smell like a fish even right after a shower and deodorant. i'm leaving my life and anyone feel my being bothers you move the hell outta the way cuz i'm here and i aint going anywhere. but if you know a cure for it let me know. god put me here and i'm staying, depression is not a word in my vocabulary nor am i intimidated by fuckers. adopt that attitude and you will allright. chin up whatever you try, be the best/greatest at it so your boss can't fire you because you are an asset. the person you will meet who is going to love you will never smell you it is a proven fact. my husband has no idea that i smell cus he can't smell me at all never has but my kids can. so f... the rest of the world. don't isolate yourself. you are somebody!!! just don't give up trying to find a cure.

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Thank you so much for that

Thank you so much for that impowerment!!!!!! Your story sound like mine except for me standing and syain Move out My Way CauseIm Not going Nowhere. I know God love me and im Highly favored please email me i just want to talk to a person that know what i went through. Notice went through. I love ur strenght plz contact me

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Getting Rid Of BO

I know how bo is, i used to have it and it's pretty horrible. Once thing that helped me what to eat healthier foods, that alone probably decresed it 30-40%.

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i have this problem where i have lots a flatuence and i cant smell it but others can...i isolate myself from friends and being in an relationship because this condition gets to me...i have went to different doctors some say its my diet or because im stressed...iv tried changing my diet nothing has changed..i feel very frustrated with this condition because no one understands what im going through...but it never makes me wanna first i was afraid to go back to skool but im actually starting tomorrow and im excited!!!! im gonna try my best not to let this condition get in the way of enjoying my life anymore

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hey you're just like me. I'm

hey you're just like me. I'm a male by the way. I'm starting school soon too. And I hate that I smell. I wish you have a wonderful life. Stay strong.

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im giving help

hmm anyone with body odor can put any amount of agua oxenada (the fluid you put to your wounds and it bubbles) to a pail with water and use it for bathing..:))

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My awful reality

I’m 18, and I’ve had this ‘problem’ since I was 11. It just came out of nowhere – it was sudden, it was strong, it was offensive. I have seen various counsellors since the age of 13 because of it. It is deeply upsetting. I’ve even been contemplating suicide since I was 14 because of it (attempted at 15). From what I’ve heard, the smell varies from flatulence, to faeces, to rotting fish and even strong BO. I have tried absolutely everything I can to mask the smell. I even go through a deodorant in 1-2 weeks just trying to mask the smell emitting under my arm pits. It’s been a traumatising experience. At 15, I developed severe social anxiety, right up to the point where people think I’m a joke now. I even get called retarded from time to time. And I’m at the point where I actually believe it. And what makes it worse, is that my family absolutely refuse to believe it’s ‘real’ – they insist that there is no smell, and that it is all in my ‘head’. Despite this, however, I’ve heard snippets of them breaking this belief. This one time, when I was in the car (around 12 or so), my dad sniffed heavily and directly said to me: ‘Phoar, you smell like a fish market!’. It’s so ironic that only a few months later, he denies the entire thing as ever occurring. Sometimes, I really hate my family for being such cowards. I feel so worthless. Last night, I went clubbing for the first time with my friends – we got to the club, and these two men I walked passed sniggered and one yelled sarcastically: ‘Something smells nice – is that you?’ whilst the other one went: ‘Oi – go home and brush ya teeth’. Me, being use to this kind of treatment, sort of just ignored them, right up to the point where they walked past me and went: ‘You need to see a doctor man, there’s something WRONG with you – something really wrong with you’. I’m never going nightclubbing again – I’ve never wanted to kill myself so badly.

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Who wants it?

Actualy you said "I’ve never wanted to kill myself so badly." And this is realy awful reality. Have you ever thinking about to see a psychatr?


Shonise that guy was a jerk.

Shonise that guy was a jerk. As someone said, get tested for TMAU at the doctor. I feel awful for you. I've lived with anxiety and B.O for a while now so I complete understand. Stay strong and best wishes. You have a great future ahead of you so just hang in there even when its tough.



Bad B.O.

Keep your head up. I know it is hard, as I am going through something similar. I even left college and went to school online. I wish I could give you an answer to why we are having this problem. As a matter of fact, I went to Family Dollar today and this lady behind me just kept rubbing her nose and then she started sniffing her shower gel because I smeeled so awful. It's an awful reality when close family and friends don't believe you. I've been suffering with this since I was about 13 and now I'm 22, so I understand what you are going through. Just be strong and if I find something that works, I'll post it for you and everyone to see.

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i feel you ppl

i am expieriencing the same problem. i dnt even know if i can trust again. through this continuing curse on my life, i have learned alot about people. self-centered and insecure are those who persecute us. it has also resulted in me becoming a cold person. the rejection i was paid for something beyond my control got me rich in focus. i promise today that i will utilise this life to the full and not give a damn about what another nose says about me. be strong

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Suffering too

Wow, I can't believe other people are suffering like this, a situation a couple years ago triggered the sense that I might smell. My family and friends, even friends of friends say I don't smell but I always sense something unpleasant. Like you guys, when I'm on my own outside I seem to notice someone being uncomfortable or hearing someone say something about my smell. I try to tell myself it's my paranoia that's causing me to "see" and "hear" these reactions and ignore anything to the contrary, but its happened so many times I don't know how to deal. My stress level is constantly high and all I want to do is get away. Unlike others who feel guilty for making others uncomfortable, I find myself hating others for being so cruel. I was watching a Trimethylaminuria documentary on Youtube and the fact that this little boy's Tmau will only get worse absolutely broke my heart. I wish there was something that could really stop this whether it's real or in my head, though I'd rather that I'm going crazy.

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Suffering too

It does get worse with age. Last week I thought I was going to die and might as well if I can't support myself and my son any longer. That's when I started reading on this sight and I saw that some people were having some success with activated charcoal tablets. I bought some a few days ago and I feel better on day two of trying these. I had four or five yesterday and have only had to use two today so far. Trying to just use them as needed as I take other medicines that I am concerned it will remove...the last thing I need is to be suffering like this and my anti-depressant stops working. So far this year I have lost 40 lbs. trying to get my body healthy so that I do not suffer from this; only for the odor to get stronger and stronger. At least I am 40 lbs. lighter and still smelly. I was cutting sugars, eating lots of vegetables and fruits and leafy greens. Now I realize that many of the things I was eating contained significant amounts of choline. I have tried everything and some days I just don't know what to eat anymore. Looks like I will be losing some more weight. I will continue to drink lemon juice through a straw and take the charcoal and see how it goes. I have never experienced anything quite like the smell I was emitting last week. I have got to get well enough to get back out there and work or I'm not sure what I will do. So tired of this isolation and all of the sickness that comes with this disease or whatever it is.


Just try to stay strong.

Just try to stay strong. Everyone on here understands what you are going through. Finding this forum has given me a small sense of hope to know that I am not alone. I intend to get over my problem by hell or highwater. I am going for a physical and I'm bringing all of these posts on here with me so if my doctor tells me any BS, I'm dipping in my bag for the hard evidence (mountains of printed information). Best wishes for you and your son.

Remember to stay strong and I will keep...