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Smelling Garbage all the time!

I keep smelling this foul smell of garbage. It started in September of last year and that year i started having problems alergy wise. No the smell won't go away. I went on 2 antibiotics and they didnt help. They were just ment for allergies though so my doctor didnt really help me. So this smell is annoying me and it wont go away no matter what I do. I reaserched many things and all i could come up with is that it could be old mucus is my nose, but i dont think its that. Ive noticed i smell it more when it is hot or after getting out of a shower when its warm in the room. When i go somewhere cold, it's not there but it still smells sometimes. It is driving me crazy and nothings helping me. Please help!
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Hi, welcome to the forum, the condition in which bad odor is caused by malnutrition is called ketoacidosis and breath is known as ketotic breath. It is metabolic disorder caused by high concentration of ketone bodies due to break down of fatty acids.
This ketosis also causes smell like fruit or nail polish or some different smell like burning Bad smell can be seen in certain conditions and it is termed as Parosmia . Parosmia is usually associated with rhinosinusitis, head trauma, viral infection, or oral problems.

Apart from treatment of the cause or in conditions wherein the cause remains unknown, in such conditions Anti seizure or anti epileptic medication like clonazepam against prescription is sometimes helpful esp. in persistent cases.

You need to consult physician undergo examination and rule out the cause. Take care and regards.
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Your problem is remarkably common on this forum.  All I can tell you is some of the things I've noted here, with no guarantees. Or, it could be what Dr. Rajput says.

1.  Some people, including myself, have had a smell that only they can smell.  It could smell like dog-poop, old cheese, ammonia, a burning smell, etc.  The smell comes on, often, as a result of a cold or sinus infection. Some, not all, of these smells are caused by an anaerobic bacteria thriving in the upper sinuses, and I was able to remove mine with a Flip-Turn Sinus Flush, and many other people have had success with it as well:


The Flip-Turn Sinus Flush is mildly risky, because you have to bend over to do it, preferably in a shower, but you can also do it outside on soft ground, or you can kneel down and lean over a bathtub, or perhaps a plastic basin or tub, with the shower running for steam.

2.  Some people had the smell, but were able to get rid of it with long-term antibiotics.
3.  Some people had cysts or polyps, which blocked off parts of their sinuses, and created a pocket of infection.  One woman, after reading my journal, made an appointment with Dr. Murray Grossan, who invented the Grossan Irrigation Machine, and he removed her cyst and the smell went away.
4.  One man did a sinus flush, and some white tofu-like chunks came out.  The smell actually got worse for a while, then went back to normal.
5.  Many people, particularly the ones who have a strong odor that other people are revolted by, had no change at all after doing a Sinus Flush.
6.  One woman found out that the smell was coming from a cracked tooth that her dentist was unable to find, but was discovered by a different dentist.
7.  Some smells can come from liver or kidney diseases, or from acid reflux in the stomach.
8.  Some smells can come from having a bad mix of bacteria in the intestines, and somehow the smell comes out through the sinuses or lungs.  The best solution that I have seen is The Schwarzbein Principle by Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, MD.
9.  There is a disease called atrophic rhinitis, which involves the decay of the mucus membranes in the sinuses.  I don’t know much about it, that’s what ENTs and Google are for.
10.  There are people who have been to multiple ENTs, and the doctors are completely mystified.
11.  There may be a possibly be a fungal infection, possibly invasive, that doesn’t flush out with saline, but that’s just a hypothesis.
12. Another hypothesis: Some of the problems may be caused by the same kind of bacteria that cause tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones.
13.  Finally, some patients have doctors who have diagnosed a yeast infection in the gut, which cause the smell which comes out through the sinuses or breath, and prescribed Fluconazole 150mg.  This looks somewhat promising, but Fluconazole must be administered by a doctor at any rate.  Here is the Medhelp thread for that:


For some more information about the fungus, put the following in your search engine:

“Fungal Theory Debated in Amphotericin B Controversy”

That's all I got. Good luck
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What you are describing is significantly different from those who are suffering from nasal odors. This condition is not the same as bad breath that originates from the mouth or abdomen. Your reference to Parosmia is closer to what most of us are experiencing but may still not be diagnostically precise due to variability in the underlying etiologies.

I make these statements on the basis of practical experience and the fact that treatments for rhinosinusitis and other known conditions don't seem to resolve the problem. What is needed are specific diagnoses directed at alleviating this horrible malady.

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Everything I try to prepare for myself to eat has an overly sweet yeast-y smell. Breads, cheeses, any dairy; they all smell terrible. I've never had something like this before. It's been happening for over 9 months. I took down some of the information that was on here. I'll look into it. My family doctor just keeps tossing nasal sprays at me for allergies. This is NOT an allergy. I've had allergies. I do a lot of cooking for large groups. I may have to stop. This is debilitating.
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