my ass really, really, really smells

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Stevey Stank Ass asks:

Up to a few months ago I was a very popular college student with lots of friends and had no trouble getting girls. Now this problem I have made me drop out of college, lose girlfriends, and my friends are disgusted to hang out with me.

My problem is that all of a sudden my ass really started to stink even after a shower. I mean it smells like I shit myself or like I just took a shit and didn't bother to wipe my ass. I can asure that I don't shit myself and I wipe my ass until clean. I even tried that sphincterine stuff which seems not to work for me. This problem made me drop out of college to spare myself the embarassment and haven't gotten laid in a while which kills me because girls ask me why I don't want to hang out with them and the 'sick' excuse is getting quite old. I seriously have no idea what to do, it is really bothering me because I am ashamed just to go out of my house. It is weird because when I sit down it feels like theres shit in my ass but when I go to wipe nothings on the napkin and the sphincterine just blends with the smell. If you could please help me because now I just sit at home like a loser and cannot hang out with my friends without feeling ashamed.





Dear Steve,

Thanks for the question!

Much as I hate to admit it, you are going to have to see your MD about this one. There are many causes of fecal odor--constipation being one. Other causes may be anatomic considerations. Examples include rectal prolapse, weakness of the anal sphincter or decreased rectal compliance. (I hate it when my rectum doesn't comply, don't you?)

Your doctor might consider doing a flexible sigmoidoscopy to inspect the colon and anus. Other tests you may want to discuss with your MD include an endorectal ultrasound to evaluate for structural abnormalities or anorectal manometry to evaluate for anal sphincter dysfunction.

Some studies have shown that intake of vitamin K can control fecal odor, but I don't have any information on this.

Good luck!

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

Got a question for her?

1557 Comments on "my ass really, really, really smells"

Ass Cheese's picture

Hi, Ive had ass odors for 6 years now and latly its been getting worse. Lately people at work tell me that I smell like ass cheese and tend to keep their distance from me. I have no friends and the ladies at work look at me in discust. This problem makes me miserable. When I was 20 years old, I weighed about 165 lbs with zero odor problems. Now I'm 26, I weigh 145 lbs and I'm known as ass cheese. I've done blood test, x-rays, cat scans and even let the docter violate me with the test were he sticks the camera up my butt. All my test where negatve. I tried various remedys and had little success. Ive had docters tell me its just my imagination but I know its not. So if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

Anonymous Coward's picture

guys lets add each other on yahoo or msn so we can discuss this problem and share each other experience...

Anonymous Coward's picture

I recently went to my doctor, who said that females get a similar problem with their vagina. There is actually a case of being too clean, as our skin naturally holds good bacteria, if this is washed away then there is nothing there to keep away the bad bacteria (the one that produces the smell). It might sound stupid but try and only rinse your anus with water when in the shower, instead of scrubbing with soap, as you may be removing the good bacteria. This would be the reason why the smell occurs so soon after a shower.

Carl's picture

guys i found a cure. it sounded crazy to me at first but it actually worked. i went to go see a doctor and he found slight hemmeroids (dont know how to spell it). i seriously think that is the cause for it. he told me to NOT scrub it with soap in the shower. that just dries out the area and makes it more irritated and makes it smell more. he said just to rinse it with warm water and rub it. second thing he told me to do is put goldbond (NOT extra strength) all over my asshole every morning. and i tried that and in about 3 or 4 weeks my smell was gone. (takes some time for the hemmroids to heal) i continue to do it every day and i carry a mini little bottle thing of goldbond in my backpack at school just in case i forget to put it on in the morning which has happened a few times but luckily i had that backup and it reallly does work becuase one day i forgot to put it on and people were complaining about a smell in the room in my first period so i went out in the bathroom quick and put it on and waited about 10 minutes and went back into class and there were no more complaints and there were comments saying "hey it doesnt stank like ass anymore"

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Fecal Body Odor message board

Anonymous Coward's picture

Its not a cure, ur just blocking the odeur by using a gel, i am sure you have a lot of gas in ur stomach..
what we have is bacteria, it can be cured by an antibiotic, i ll get you its name when i speak to my doctor.

DESPERATE FOR A CURE's picture

Desperate,
Hi Carl i went to the pharmacy and there is nothing called GOLDBOND FOR THE RECTRUM.
Could you let me know exactly where i can find it and the whole name and what part of the pharmacy it would be. I am about to loose my mind with this smelly body odor.Thank you so much.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hey i came over this website i am shocked THAT SO MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM THIS CONDITION. I REALLY FEEL FOR THE MOTHER WHO IS LOOKING FOR A CURE FRO HER SON. I FOUND THIS SITE ON FRIDAY and have bee non it ever since looking for answers. I am a mother of 3 myself and i stink so bad.

Hey i have this same problem to for 3 years if there is no cure soon i am going to loose my mind.

Lets all try to focus and people who are thinking of killing them selves that is not the answer. My brother Commit suicide 4 years ago not because of this problem, your family will not be the same, 4 years later we are still suffering from his death. My mother cries every day

This is America we all know there will be answers one day, there must be . There have to be

To lame guest: Ii hear of the MIRALAX and GLYCOLAX. MIRALAX WORKS AS GOOD AS GLYCOLAX. GLYCOLAX you have to get a Prescription from your doctor.

I am going to buy the Miralax today and try it. I am now drinking the NULLO Chlorophylls Copper Complex 100MG It's an internal Deodorant. I payed like $13.95. http://www.nullo.com. It says 2 to fourteen days the smell should go away so far i am taking it 10 days the smell is still there.

My diet is no meat, no fish, no eggs, no wheat, no bread, no sugar, no caffeine, no peanuts, no cheese and much more. And i have not seen a change in the smell

I am going to try the Miralax, MY DOCTOR give me referrals to go and see 4 different specialist, one of this the GAS doctor, i don't think anything will come out of this these people don't believe we smell. I can smell myself most of the time. All they do is give lectures on diet and will help with nothing about the smell because they don't know.

My gas problem is very bad once i consume any type of food i pass this toxic gas through my rectum which stays on my clothes for the whole day i go to the B/Room use baking soda nothing works. The B/O is another always with me as i enter the bus i can know if i am having a good day or bad day, when i am on the packed trains people look at me like they want to kill me i wear a dark shades so no one can see my eyes. I try to stay away from functions i was transferred from my job, now looking into getting hired in another department, the people there already holding their noses and shunning me.

I am praying for a miracle cure, i am praying for a miracle cure, i don't know why we were chosen to go through this but i must be a reason for us to tell our story. My family think i am loosing my mind they can't smell anything but everyone else does .

I think we have this same problem that is taking over the world today: Trimethylaminuria.

hippo's picture

I do not think it is Trimethylaminuria. I tried a low choline diet and it did not help. Avoiding sugar, carbs, greasy meat, and junk food helps me much more. Fish and eggs are still bad for me though.

mr.lonley's picture

well....i posted her twince before and now it is summer for about a week now and i do not notice the smell i am still going to ask my parents to tkae me to the doctor a gastro one cause they take for ever to get in to better over the summer than during the school year so up untill then i am going to try a diet but i am not sure what kind and i am also trying to lose weight for the ladies: ) so....... y parents think i am crazy and that the smell is all in my head and my friends say that i am fine but is there a medical condition where a person always think they smell like shit?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Your parents think thats an illusion even though they smell it but they are trying to help you out they think its a temporary physcological problem you have...
trust me i know
Its a bacteria guys it cant be detected i will get the medicine soon
when i do ill post it here.

Anonymous Coward2's picture

Hi there.
I'm not sure whether I have the disease or not and I have read about everybodys misfortunes and am very worried.
For about 3weeks now I have been constipated and have needed the poo even after i just went. Sometimes when i wiped my bum I would get a yellow faded liquidy colour andf it would smell like fish. At the moment I have not smelt anything at other times. I am very worried and i am just wondering if anybody else started like this. I dont no whetheer to tell my mum or whether to go to the GP. Could sonebody please help me.

Anonymous Coward's picture

hey people,
im a teen in college, i seem to have the same problem. People i'm around sometimes make comments behind my back. My friends seem to have accepted the fact, but its started to ruin my life, im scared to go anywhere. The problem is, i cant smell it!! i only very occasionally get a waft of it, even then im not sure if its me!
I wash twice a day, brush my teeth even more often and try to consume as much gum and mints as possible.
its really started to get me down, im getting quite depressed and have contemplated giving up college. How does everyone get on?? do you all work?? i want to get a job but i cant! not if i really do smell like people say.
Has anyone found that going to their gp is worthwhile?

Anonymous Coward's picture

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Anonymous Coward (not verified) -- 06.10.2007
"Your parents think thats an illusion even though they smell it but they are trying to help you out they think its a temporary physcological problem you have..."

so my parents are lieing to me and i really smell like ass
or
i don't smell and i am just crazy

Anonymous Coward's picture

Sorry, I haven't read a lot of the new messages so I don't know if anyone has already discovered this but I've recently been using a product called freederm (apparently all over the net) and it has been helping me down there.

I've had a nasty little odor that has followed me wherever I've gone for my 28 years of life. I've been totally embarrassed by this foul smell and thought I was doing something wrong hygiene wise. The odor and itch occur higher up in the crack-not necessarily near the anal opening. I can get real itchy down there and have slight spots of blood if I wipe too hard. My girlfriend thought it might be eczema related and gave me this freederm to try. It's worked great. I've been using it for a couple days and I can report that I haven't felt anxious about my "odor"-which isn't there and the cream has been soothing so not much itching. I'd put it on twice a day just so you don't experience any discomfort.

Hope this helps.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Yea they are lieing trust me.

btw guys you need to difer between Fish smell and Poop smell... totaly different diseases but same problem bad odour.

poobum's picture

i had to quit my job because of this stupid DISEASE!i work in a fruit shop i had no idea i smelt and the customers would come 1 metre from me and dump their fruit and leave its a disease i tell you i feel as though iv done something terrible to deserve this i hate it and my parents think that im schitzafrenic i dont know what to do someone help me!

GottaGoGirl's picture
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I am simply intrigued by the idea of a Fruit Shop; almost 40 years on this planet, and I have yet to encounter such an establishment.

Fruit Section? Of course. Fruit Stand? Yep. Fruit Market? Yesiree. Even a Fruit Shed.

But a Fruit Shop? Intrigued, I tell you. And I must confess that if and when I DO find an actual Fruit Shop, I'll be happier if it doesn't smell like poop, to be honest.

Di Verticula's picture
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Stevey Stank - My dog had a bad case of sewer ass. To alleviate the stench, I used charcoal biscuits. Why don't you try shoving them up your ass and if that does not work, have your owner feed them to you. But first, you must sit up and beg like a good boy. Perhaps you have impacted anal glands and need to have them expressed?

poobum's picture

yes well it was a lovely fruitshop in sydney australia and i sadly had to leave the spiffy little shop for reasons that this whole page discloses...im currently on anti phsychotics has anyones parents just not believed them and sent them to the dr??

sharni's picture

has anyone stopped praying to God or lost faith...and suddenly got this putrid smell... ppl really believe this is a demonic spirit causing this rancid pewtch gross unco shit im fukn over it somebody help me FUCK

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Okay, Damien.

Same boat's picture

Damn....I have this too, Im 22, the worst part is I wonder if Im just noticing it now because of some sort of habituation throughout my life . I can remember a few times someone in primary school said I smelled, but that was about my clothes and was never described as anything fecal.

Ill be watching this page hopefully some of the solutions here will work.
Gl everone.
ps: Ill be waiting for that bioloical weapon!

AZ stink's picture

Jesus H Christ, I have been smelling like ass cheese, anal yogurt (whatever you want to call it for about a month now and it is driving me insane. Never happened before and I am 29. I have eaten fast food most of my life so I don't think my diet is it. My wife says she doesn't smell it but I know she is lying. Once I start to sweat, soon after the room fills with the scent of my lovely ass. I have tried almost everything from antifungal sprays to deodorant in my ass. For a while I thought it was my balls that stunk but now I am pretty sure it is my ass. Thanks for the tips on here. There are a few I haven't tried. Oh and don't use any GoldBond or any power w/ cornstartch because that will inhibit bacteria to become yeast. I went through 5 bottles in three weeks before my doctor told me that. Thanks to the ball stink forums -Shit, that could be my problem. Yeast infection of the ass. I did pick up some stuff without cornstartch in it Zeasorb-AF that my doc recommended but I am not sure. Sometimes it will last a few hours before I have to reapply but by that time its too late and I have to go shower at home. This is fucking terrible and I feel for everyone here. There has got to be a cure!!!!!!

Mr. Safety's picture

I can not remember exactly when the probably started. I believe that it was around my freshman year of high school, so I have had the problem for 12 years now. Nobody has really said it to my face, but I can hear people talk behind my back. If you are thinking about giving up, please don't. I know I have been there, but I remember how much my family means to me. I have done a lot of research on the subject. Now what makes something stink? It is bacteria. Think about a garbage can or a sewer. What produces methane and hydrogen sulfide? It is bacterial decomposition. Normally, a person should have enough digestive enzymes to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats. However, if you have a food allergy your body can not break it down. So the bacteria inside your body breaks it down. This is why everyone smells a little different. Everyone has different bacteria. Now if you continue to eat the food you are allergic to, you will continue to smell. My recommendation is to get an ELISA food test done to determine what foods you are allergic to. Or you could stay away from Dairy, Wheat, and Sugar. Go to google and type in Heal the Gut. This may answer some of your questions. Vegetables are your best friend. Fish is also good because it is easy to digest. Fruit can rot in your gut because of the sugar. Stay away from red meat and even chicken because of the antibiotics. You could have an overgrowth of yeast or Candida in your system. Normally, it exists in the body but could overgrow due to a variety of problems. I don't know about anyone else, but I use to have 7 to 8 loose stools a day. You talk about pain. So I flushed out all of the good bacteria in my body. I also had silver fillings or Mercury fillings which could cause an overgrowth of Candida in the body. I can tell you right now that most of the traditional doctors in this country do not have a clue. My recommendation is to go to an alternative doctor. Again I caution you because some of them don't know what to do. I am still searching for a place to go to remove the residual mercury in my body. I had my fillings removed which helped out a lot, but I still have problems. You need to find out what is bothering you. There is a reason for everything. I know it is tough when people make fun of you. If we work together, we can figure out a way.

Bettie has the runs's picture
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My advice to you, Don't eat anymore of Mom's Antipasto!____
I'm here to prove that girls poop.

I'm here to prove that girls poop.

Not a Laughing Matter's picture

I was raped anally about a year ago and have had anorectal problems ever since. It was pretty violent, though not as traumatic as in some cases of anal rape, especially if it is done to children. It is hard for me to expel feces completely (feces sits in my lower colon), I need to wipe a lot, I have an odor that isn't so much poopy as well, something between sour belly button smell and that pheromone/sweat smell that you can get in your genital area, and it is harder to keep clean. I have found that washing and drying anal area completely and putting a small film of neopsporin antibacterial over anal area works well. So does a little dab of antibactierial gel. Carry moist toiletts to clean throughout the day and a little tube of neosporin, which goes a long, long way. I have a friend who was raped when she was fourteen by an older stranger and she has the same problem. So, my advice is, if someone is telling you that anal sex is a normal part of human sexuality, I would question this person's affiliations and agenda. I am very angry at this butt pirate who did this to me and at a health establishment that is reluctant to tell the truth about the dangers of anal/gay sexual acitivity. I think this whole notion that we can't talk about the dangers of anal sex because it might offend a small segment of the population who want to brainwash us into believing that anal sex should be as socially acceptable as vaginal sex is wrong. Anal sex is dangerous and unhealthy and people who engage in it have a higher incidence of pooper problems and disease. You can't even get a doctor to talk openly about it because they are afraid of being charged with homophobia, whatever that means, and sued for malpractice or something. If you have a history of engagement in anal sex, anal rape, especially as a child, you are at risk for these kinds of problems and the medical establishment is to blame for not telling us the truth. I work for a doctor who speciallizes in poop and poopers and the good doc concurs that anal sex/rape/abuse is a huge, huge health hazard. I accept everyone's right to engage in whichever activity they choose, as long as they are not hurting anyone and as long as they do not expect me to claim that I think it is normal. Do not try to inform my normal sexuality with an abnormal, dangerous one. And, sodomy should be illegal. I am curious about how many of you with this problem have engaged in anal sex either voluntarily or against their will, and if you have ever considered the possibility that this is the cause of our problem.

Anonymous Coward's picture

hey i think i have the same problem too but your the first i mentioned it to cause its really imbarassing. last year was my freshman year in highschool and i was doing great i was getting all the girls and i was making decent grades. i was even voted for home comming. but then it seemed like i was holding in my farts all day and i was begining to sweat and people are always sniffling even though i was clean so i sniffled back. i diddint want everyone to know it was me that stunk so i made excuses to go sit in the back and they let me. now i failed my freshman lost like 100 friends and i dont know what to do. but im not going to mention this to any one. i have been getting by just barely by using techniques. like waking up in the morning extra early to sit and fart, then i wipe and go in the shower, i dont fart all day so by the end i am sweating and basicly leaking, so thats when i decide to skip class and i also bring mini calogne bottles in my pocket for between classes. i wanna talk to someone with the same thing so email me at nofxskater11791@netscape.net . thank you so much.

Anonymous Coward's picture

There are two anal odors out there( correct me if I am wrong)
1.The first smelling like feces which usually indicates you have a leakage problem,combined with other problems, IBS, Crohn's, etc; either way feces itself is involved.

2. The second odor is when you smell like ranchy ass, this is usually do to leakage problems that involve intestinal mucus( which irritates the anus and can be confused with sweat). The over production of which is usually caused by prolapsed hemmhorroids,mucosal prolapse,proctitis, etc.

My suggestion would be to see a gastrointerologist to diagnose problems such as those mentioned above,anal sphincter ring damage( if one is damaged you will have leakage), damage to the rectum, nerve damage, etc.

Some problems can be corrected by dietary changes others will need surgery.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I think that I am suffering from the same problem that you guys are. I work as a waitress, and I heard people whisper things about me smelling. Not to mention that when I was working at a summer camp last summer I heard the kids say that I smelled like poop or he used the word "shit". They said it loud and frankly. Kid's can be so open and honest. I have a few areas to address. I might be a fungal infection, a bacterial infection, or some kind of gastro intestinal disorder. I also know that any kind of fungal infection can also cause smelly/poopy body odor. I am so embarrassed to come to work sometimes, but I know that I need the money. I bath and shower everyday. I put on good smelling lotion. Yet, everytime I walk up an talk to someone they cover their noses, and walkaway. It makes you sad because , you know that you've done everything to clean and smell good without scrubing your skin off with the soap. I had been researching this for a while, so I knew that my Personal hygiene habits were pretty good, so there had to be something else causing it. I was wondering if you guys have tried " Probiotics"( good bacteria) or not? It helps to fight off any bad bacterial infection that you my have going on in your body , too. Yes, it's caused me to be sad and depressed sometimes because people talk about you and don't want to be around you. However, I am a very practical person , with a situation like this, I say: Identify the problem(s)and find the solution. The person who mentioned the evil spirit was also an interesting perspective. However, when I get my next check , I saw a few things that might help that I have to get. The probiotics are number one, and Something called "Enzara" , for the fishy odor people. I also think that diet may play a role also.Nake sure that in trying any new product, you read up on it,consult your physician and be attentive to how it may affect your body. So, I'll pray about it , and check back in a couple of weeks, and let you guys know what works.

The guy who smells bad and his friends can bearly stand him's picture

well....idk if i'm having the same problem that you guys are having, but i have a problem thats related....i'm a very clean person.i take showers in the morning but still manage to smell really bad in the early,afternoon, and night time.

i even now use alcohol in my cheeks so it'll take the smell away from taking a number 2 and then going to sleep right after it, and i would clean myself until i will clauge up the toilet.

The next morning i wake up with a sweaty but and this gouey liquid and a pretty sweaty and shitty smell.

i wipe that with alcohol and then go in the shower and wash my butt for like 15 minutes but still manage to smell....

awwww... is this because i'm being really bad at cleaning myself or something thats inside of me thats wrong with me?

please thank you if you respond....

Anonymous Coward's picture

I stayed up until 2 in the mornng reading all of your stories. Briefly sharing mine, I had a normal life until the age of 24, then all of a sudden I had this horrible smell I could not rid myself of, no matter how many baths or puchased products which I tried to block the odor so I could work and socialize, all to no avail. I relate with the ones who say that when they ask their friends and family they always say they don't smell it, yet when u r in the public you always hear the comments. I am now 53 years old and still suffering from these adhorent ailments. Reading all of your summeries describing many things I have dealt with kept me searching the internet for solutions. After looking on many web-sites I found the name of an enzyme disorder called trimethylaminuria, it is known as fish odor syndromn. The particular thing which I realized in reading this is that the general term of fish odor is not the only offensive odor that your body omits from this disorder. Although I will be researching more I have found info on this in these two web sites, sciencenewsonline.com and intl-dmd.aspectjournals.org, these suggest basically the inability because of of genetic code disorder, that we get a bacteria in our stomachs which excretes thru our skin, anus, vagina, breath. It suggest using neomycin and metronidazole anti-biotics in low doses for short periods of time and watching our diet as far as contents with choline and letchithin. I hope that all products we purchase will put that these 2 additives are in our food. I was unable to purchase thru regualr online pharmacy companies but was able to purchase thru CaliforniaVeterniarySupply.com, it is a way to get around needing a prescripton, because just like you my doctor says it is in my head and I am sick and damn tired of it. This disorder has ruined my life and I hate to see that it is also ruining your lives also. I ordered these anti-biotics and I am going to try them along with diet. Oh yeah, it also suggest eating dark green fresh vegetables as often as possible as it eliviates the odor symptoms. Broccoli was the most talked about. Will try this also and I will get back on this site and report if these antibiotics and chosen dietary measures work. God bless you all and I will be praying that we find the miracle cure we have been looking for. There is nothing more aggrivating than being clean but smelling like you haven't wiped you butt in 20 years. Signed, Frustrated for 30 years

Anonymous Coward's picture

here's a forum about this

http://humanfecalodor.proboards74.com/index.cgi

loads of people have this problem. To me, a big part of it seems to be when the gut neighborhood (the flora) turns bad, along with a lowered capacity in the detox system for whatever reason. Like having permanent mild food-poisoning. The toxins are then getting into the main bloodsream unprocessed by the liver. I solved the problem before, but don't know how. Now it's back.

It's early days for the forum. We are still trying to get the format right to get the most useful data in an organised way. At the moment this is an unrecognised problem (amazingly).

Don't post anything if you don't want to. Or anything you feel uncomfy with.

Tell me if you would rather post as a anon.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I visited ur form site and read many of the postings and also read on the enzyme disorder TMAU. I do not belive that our problems are caused from the flora in our guts. I have investgaged and tried recommende products for such to no avail. Maybe TMAU is not the exact mutation, but it has to be something simular to this. I will report back to this site after taking the low dose anti-biotics, conform to diet suggested and take appropriate vitamin supplements. God Bless us all.
ps.....maybe if we "all" started sending the links to websites like this one to places like Dateline, Mayo clinic, Shands University and the fricking goverment so they can fund a study for this disorder. God knows I would volunteer for the study. It's not like they wouldn't know u stunk before u got there. LOL Kinda.

Anonymous Coward's picture

That's ok, but where do you think the smells come from ? Bacteria in the gut produce those smells. You are only looking at one part of my equation. The other part is your detox capability/threshold to these toxins, which I am presuming, may be on the lowish side, probably genetically (which is why we are literally dragged into the sewer). But everyone should remember they didn't smell at one time. The aim seems to be to get the gut toxins (the bad bacteria/parasites/candida) back below the threshold. Maybe you have a bloated gut ?

I don't think it is as easy as taking probiotics. I don't know how to solve it. But as I say, at one time I was 'cured'. So I think for most (hopefully all) it is solveable. And I think getting the gut flora right is the most important bit.

If you take antibiotics I would consider taking an antifungal as well, in case candida is a problem or becomes one. Something like nystatin. I would also expect to smell 24/7 for the undetermined future because of "die-off". I would keep expactations low. This seems to call for a subtle cure, of which we don't know of yet.

TMAU is the same idea (might be the same thing). In that case, they think its mostly toxins from bacteria that feeds on choline. I believe tmau should be called "FMO3 body odor". That enzyme does a lot more than detoxify tma. TMAU is like telling a diabetic to not drink coca-cola imho. I reckon sulfur in the diet is a worse problem, mainly due to being so abundant.

On the subject of others smelling you, I reckon many (maybe all) 'carriers' can't smell anything. Which is why some people can't smell anything.

Someone mentioned brocolli but I wouldn't recommend it. Cruciferous veg are known to inhibit the FMO3 enzyme.

I could be wrong with the above assumptions.

But everyone remember, you didn't always smell. The aim (to me) seems to be to get back below your detox threshold. At the moment, easier said than done.

faithful heart's picture

What many of you are describing are symptoms of a condition known as "pilonidal sinus" or "pilonidal cyst". The reason I know this is because I have been in the medical field for over 15 years and most recently my 16 yr old son had the same problem. He came home from school (he goes to school out of state) and told me that he had this problem and asked me to look at it. At first I asked him what his symptoms were. He told me that it was painful to sit, and that he had this horrible odor even after showering. He also said that when he would change his clothes at night he would find this "stain" on the tail end of his shirt and his underware. When I looked at his buttocks, I immediately saw the "pits" that are the tell tale sign of pilonidal disease and told him what I felt it was but that we needed to go to the doctor for confirmation. Sure enough that is what it was. So we scheduled the surgery (2/01) and we thought everything would be fine. Well now we find ourselves a little over 6 months since the surgery and bang it is back again. The surgeon said he took the tracks and cyst out but somehow it has grown back but in a different area. Now I am going to try a homeopathic remedy since surgery is out of the question.

So for those of you who have this "smell" please go to your doctors and have then check in between your butt cheeks. This is usually where the smell emeinates from and it smells just like crap, all the time. It was very embarrassing for my son. He certainly doesn't want to go through that again.

Just thought I would give that info since I haven't seen anyone mention it in the posts.

Hope it helps. It is also most common in young men between the ages of 15-35. Women can get it but it is less likely.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Gosh all this talk about poop makes me have to drop a load!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I started thinking after I read ur response to my findings with using the neomycian and meth.
I know it has been about 10 years since I had my gyn. do a blood test which was supposed to be accurate for candidada alcabins, it came back negative. But his morning I did the yeast spit test and within 15 minutes there were strings and tiny floating specks. I realize that this indicates a pretty severe candidasis overgrowth. I purchase about 2 months ago a natural liguid called Aqua Flora. I took it for about a week but could take no more because it made my bowel stink so bad I wanted to throw up just smelling it. This Aqua Flora stuff is supposedly for candida yeast infection. If so why did it make it worse?? I think maybe I will take your advice and see if I cannot find an anti-funal like nystatin and see what happens. Isn't flagyl an antifungal?? Just asking because u seem to know much more than myself, you have kept up with your research and I just sat back in the corner thinking I was the only one and being totally disinterested, embarassed and depressed. I am so happy, but yet also sad, to find so many other people in this world have this than just me. Any help you can give I would really appreciate. God bless all.
ps.... Faithful Heart....I think that ur sons condition could be the problem for some on this site and others that r having some sort of discharge. Good advice for them. For me, I have been to gastro. docs and more. This is not my problem. God bless you and ur son.

chlorophyll's picture

I'm not much of a believer in the spit test. I think thats just marketing by a certain probiotic ? :)

flagyl is metronidazole, an antibiotic. nystatin would be the obvious antifungal drug. or you could try something like liquid grapefruitseed. I have to say I don't know of anyone 'cured' with any approach. Maybe they just don't post. There was one earlier in this thread, but I'm not confident to post about any 'success stories'. I was cured for some years, but I don't know how. Theres always a chance of antibiotic resistance or whatever. And I don't know for how long to take it or if it works.

At the moment we are still at stage 1, trying to get an idea of numbers. Most are too embarrassed to post, I think. And I don't blame them. Theres nobody helping us. Certainly not in the medical world. Or it seems in 'natural medicine'. Nobody has heard of it. We don't even really know what it is yet. I would join the tmau yahoo forum anyway. There's not much happening but at least there are posters. I don't believe tma itself is the problem (making me a maverick, I suppose). I refer to it as FMO3 body odor.

It's a shame the best thread on it is on a site that makes fun of poop and people with poop problems.

Theres not much concrete advice I can give. Except I think we can get above our 'threshold', I just don't know how. If it started at 24, you would think it can't all be down to genetic fate. Once the gut neighborhood goes bad and if you have that genetic vulnerability, i think it becomes a licence to create smells. A permanent gut infection.

and I could be wrong.

Let us know how you get on :)

Anonymous Coward's picture

Okay, here is my report.
Did not take the meth. or the neomyacin. Took advise and tried to get my doc to write me a scrpt of nystatin. Of course, he saw no cause to do so, u know, "since it's all in my head", really sick of this. I am continuing to look online to score nystatin, if u know where I can purchase please let me know.
This is my 3rd day on a colon cleanse program and am also taking a supplement called odor cleanse, I think someone earlier suggested it. I have to say that it is working, not over smell yet but is much better. Friday I actually had someone tell me how good I smelled and wanted to know what kind of cologne I was wearing. Imagine my suprise and delight. Odd thing is, I bathed same way as always, wore same deod. and cologne as always. Only thing I can figure is that the cleanse and odor tablet are working. I did not notice the odor yesterday at all. But, today I notice it, but not near as bad as usual. Think I had something to eat yesterday that affects me today, will go over diet journal and see what is outside of norm from daily eating. Best of luck to us all. Hope this helps someone, even for a while, Friday was a blessing for me, no odor at all!!!!!, hope it last. God Bless

Anonymous Coward's picture

does anyone else with this problem also get mouth cancers?

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

That's actually a really good question. I doubt, though, that all stank-ass people have canker sores.

I can answer that from the other perspective, though. The proclivity to canker sores in the mouth runs in my family; since childhood I get one every once in a while when I'm stressed. Sort of like some people have eczema flare-ups.

But... (*checks, to be sure*)... I don't have the smelly ass problem. So there you go.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I think we should work on our fear,
that is the cause, so I believe.
Doesn't matter what you eat or what you have in your gut, FEAR is causing this peculiar disease.
There is nothing wrong on you, we have all the reasons for be afraid, we are living in a mad world. Everybody are afraid, more or less, but not all react in the same way.
I know, it is difficult to believe but think on it the next time you are feeling this damned strange thing of smell.
Anyway I would suggest you all to take a break, a long period of time away, get your self a one year holiday. School can wait, work can wait.
Avoid for a while stress situations or thing that scare you. Relax, calm down, treat your self well and see if get better.
Peace and love
Morris

Anonymous Coward's picture

I first got the poop smell when i was working as a cashier. I smelled something that smelled like shit and I started to look around and i thought it was this guy in line a back of me, but when he left it still smelled and my manger noticed and made comments to other cashiers about me. At the time I was doing crystal meth. The next day the smell went away, until a few months one night it came back. I think the crystal meth fucked up something inside of me. When I ate something and then did some crystal meth it would smell like the thing I ate earlier but rotten or shit. I knew I had to stop doing crystal meth but i couldn't, i was addicted. My friends wouldn't say nothing to my face but gave each other looks when it started to smell. They would talk shit behind my back and one time when me and a group of friends were doing crystal meth one girl said why does he do it if that happens. I don't do crystal meth anymore but sometimes I fell like I smell, It ruined my life. I was so out going and could talk forever but now I can't even look someone in the eyes. I am depressed and have major anxiety attacks when i am around people, I have taken Prozac like someone mentioned earlier and feel like it did help a little, but the damage is done. I still have the same ''friends'' because this smell, this fear, this disease won't let me find new friends, it totally fucked my head up. I want to be alone and away from people, I even want to kill myself but i don't want my family to go through that shame. I don't know maybe like someone said earlier that it could be the sweat glands and that when we feel offensive or defensive we let out a odor like some animals because when i do feel like that I feel a leakage, who knows. So I will just have to suffer and fake it through life until I find a way out. GOD FORGIVE OUR SINS.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've had this fucken terrible problem for 5 years now and after qitiing smoking (21/2 yrs ago) and stopped drinking and lost some weight, I still smell like shit after a shower. It only gets better with a good diet, that's my experience. I feel for you all who have this problem.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Yes i have this problem and it has ruined me it started 2 years ago it killed my social life my parents say its in my head yet at my school everyday people comment about it but i cant smell it other people can and i thought i was alone please lets share our experiences my aim: unitedvck or email me at unitedvck@gmail.com god bless us all we can over come it

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Uh huh.

Anonymous Coward's picture

geez, i've been coming to this site off and on for the past 2 yrs, and more and more ppl are writing stories...unsuccessful accounts of their fecal odor! i was hoping someone would have a revolutionary idea on how to get rid of this crazy problem (i've had for about 2.5 yrs now too). ppl are dropping hints, but has anyone actually seen a proctologist who has found the exact problem AND CURED IT?? if i seem frustrated.. sorry ;(. we are all in the same boat here, dealing w/ retarted doctors who keep saying it's our imagination etc. i just went to see a procto the other day hoping he would help me, since they specialize in the anal region... and he said, maybe it's your imagination and apologized 4 or 5 times.

frustrating & sad!!

so here's my question to those who have a hemmoroid/or anal fissure. are you absolutely positive that the only cause of the fecal odor was due to that being there? has the odor completely vanished since you have had it removed? are creams as efficient as surgery? and is it worth the time to get a sigmoidoscopy etc? i'm asking because i believe i have an anal fissure, but i cant tell whether the odor comes from there or inside my rectal area, due to constipation (which occurs everyday for me). i have had 3 doctors look at that area, none say it is a serious matter that i have a fissure. i think i'm asking the wrong ppl here, so if there is anyone who has actually gone through this, and been saved from this unpleasant situation (to say the least)... please be insightful and help us out!!
god bless

Anonymous Coward's picture

i went to the doctor today and he said to use mineral oil 2 times a day for 3 months. im just wondering if anybody tried it and if it worked

Anonymous Coward's picture

Yeah, I don't know either, but I've had this problem my whole life and I'm already 28 and I've made it through all these embarrassing situations. Don't get me wrong, I'll keep on fighting this problem till I die, but until I solve this problem, I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do and if no one likes how I smell, then that's too bad, they better get out of the way or get used to it. I sympathize for them, but this is the real world, everyone has problems. If it's not me, they're probably out there complaining about someone else.

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