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Fecal Body Odor

Hello...I had a question about an odor problem I've been experiencing on and off for 15 years. First off, when I was younger I was pumped with antibiotics for constant ear infections. Coming into my teens I experienced really bad gastritis for a while and found out I was allergic to milk. After getting off the milk the gas wasn't as chronic but it was still there. Now around the age of 15 was the start of the intense body odor. I really don't know how I graduated from highschool after this awful odor. There were 2 odors. 1 odor more frequent was a persistent lingering sulfur musty odor that would follow me wherever I went. The odor would change every now and then. Sometimes it smelt like rotten carrots, garbage, cat poo, etc. After eating better and taking shower after shower things got worse. Around 16 years old I started drinking off and on thinking I would forget about it and it would go away. I was SO wrong. This is the 2nd odor I'm talking about. I remember one day I walked into the cafeteria and people were screaming and running out every door. The whole building was just filled with a rotten egg odor- times 1 million. I shortly figured out it was me after doing this more than once. After years of this it would go away for 6 months and then come back to haunt me. Now a days I have more of the lingering odor and haven't had the bad one for a while. It seems like I get the bad odor when I just get a new job and I begin to sweat from physical labor. After trying so many different things I still can't hack this problem. I have tried cleanses, probiotics, liver cleanses, L Glutamine for Leaky Gut, Green drinks, gosh you name it. Recently, I've been focusing on intestinal candida and I've been taking oregano oil and colloidal silver followed by Primal Defense probiotics for a week now and I just feel a bit tired and the odor is more persistent followed by crazy dreams. Not sure if this is die-off or not. About 6 months ago I got a colonoscopy and edoscopy done for pain in my lower left side of colon. He found lots of internal hemroids and cut out some benign polyps. He just said he didn't see anything big and Its probably genetic why I smell this way. He wouldn't give me any blood or stool tests not sure why. The one thing that I do that makes the smell worse or better sometimes, usally better, is an enema. So I think the problem is in my colon somewhere. One more thing. A year ago I had a perenial abcess that I had to get drained and has returned in the same spot after doing an enema a week ago. Maybe the abcess problem is causing the odor? Shoot!! Sorry about the long question I just wanted to try to get as much as I could in. Does anybody have a similar experience or any advice that might help? I'm not sure what to do anymore. I would see a Naturopathic Doctor again but I can't afford it anymore. Last time it seemed like I never left my appointment for under $600.00. Thanks for reading if you haven't already fell asleep... Wesley
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This sounds like it was likely caused by long term use of antibiotics, which may have killed off the normal, healthy bacteria in your GI tract to the point that when you stopped taking antibiotics, new unhealthy bacteria took over your digestive system.

Perineal abscesses are not a normal symptom of GI disorders—unless caused by left over fecal matter (AKA: not wiping enough after using the toilet, or from wiping back-to-front). They can also be caused by wiping too hard, or using too many harsh cleansers/soaps. But generally speaking, that's not normal.

I would also strongly recommend stopping the enemas immediately. The enema process may be contributing to the perineal abscesses, and enemas themselves are almost always a bad idea as a frequently used treatment. Especially if you have a bacterial problem (which seems very likely), because enemas flush out all of the bacteria which help you properly digest food and process waste, which means enemas could actually be making the problem worse.

You should seek out a second opinion from another gastroenterologist and mention that the problem first started after using antibiotics over a long period of time. If that doesn't help, Google doctors in your area that specialize in bacterial disorders, or simply general physicians. Keep trying.
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Same situation, although mine started with bad breath. I seem to release this strong smelling gas.

Anyone got over this?
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I also suffer from the same problem, I use a Laxative weekly and drink peptobismol, I found out this helps me with the odor.
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Im having same problem with fecal body odor, nothing helps. I tried everything. I need some answers.
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Are you in the Saint Louis area??
I read in a forum about gut fermentation syndrome and how it started for someone after the use of antibiotics. I truly believe that a bad bacteria decided to make out gut their home and causes problem.
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I have the same problem it started 8 years ago. I smell like pop all the time and it gets worst when im stressed or if i work out. Somethimes lemons or accid foods help. It has affected my social life in a big way :( you guys are not alone, i hope we can find a cure!
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I believe its related to high cortisol levels, anxiety and stress, stress which then becomes a vicious cycle as the condition exacerbates existing stress and anxiety. It seems to manifest most when those feelings are heightened. mine also began after a long course of anti biotics and steroid cream for a skin condition and i suffered for 8 years with it. I found out completely by accident that a small dose of a benzo (valium / xanax) completely alleviates the symptoms for a day or 2 at a time (although maybe not dealing with the underlying condition)...the downside is that they are highly addictive but use in small dosages every couple of days is manageable I've found.
Are you by any chance in the Saint Louis area??
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I have the same issue and it has ruined my life, Im 18 years old and I have had this for 9 months. This started right after I stopped use of anti-biotics for my acne. I had a lot of digestive issues so I went and saw a gastrontologist and they cleared me of any bacteria or parasite. My parents then forced me to see a therapist because they could not smell anything so they assumed I was crazy(nor could my doctor). So now I feel like i'm fighting this on my own and I'm all alone. I've lost all my friends and I feel completely isolated from society. I've tried highly potent probiotics, candida cleanses, chlorophyll, and used magnesium capsules to detox but none of those things changed anything. I still smell like the inside of an anus and get teased on the daily for it. I read over all these replies and i'm now going to try colloidal silver and hope and pray that it lifts this awful curse I would not wish against my worst enemy.
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Change your diet, exercise, and put 1 teaspoon in 8oz glass of water, and a 50mg zinc tablet daily. The more you sweat when you exercise the better
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I wish someone had an answer to this problem. I too, have this issue. I have had it and in for most of my life. I am now 56. I take supplements for various reasons and notice the smell is very active during the colder months. In spring and summer, it is non existent or if it is there, I can't tell. I think stress makes it worse. I started a new job in June and the smell started in October, when it started getting cooler out and my work load increased. Help!! I know people smell me. I shower 2x daily, take high dose probiotics and chlorophyll. They make fun of me at work. I don't know what this is and don't know how to stop it.
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Try 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a 8 oz glass of water....take one zinc 50mg supplement daily...you have to change your diet and exercise
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Has anyone came up with any answers? After year after year of logging on and trying new things, candida diets, probiotics, endoscopy, going vegetarian, etc... The smell is still there. Dr's think I have a personality disorder because they can't answer the question as to why this is happening. Any answers will help, I'm tired of putting off my life in fear of people smelling me
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Hear hear for the truth somebody help us please LMAO begin I'm willing to try whatever
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Hello, I have this issue as well, and don't know what to do.
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Are you in the Saint Louis area??
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Oh and I should mention, you will see results in a few days/weeks and huge difference in months after starting colloidal  silver. But argentyn 23 or sovereign silver. 1 tsp 3xday but still continue to eat very clean
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Can you please advise for how long should we take this med? What happens after you stop the med?
Help I got the same problem with this odor and bath wear clean clothes take vitamins what the hell is going on with this pop smell
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My problem started after antibiotic use.
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same here man
Me too,Cipro to be exact.
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I have that problem too. Ever heard of Fecal Microbiota Transplant(FMT), it seems to work for some people. Visit this blog, I don't think the blogger is active but the information is useful. www.mytummytantrum.com
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I have this problem also. My suspicion that this is a gastrointestinal problem caused by dental implants. The hypothesis is that dental implants (particularly the new composite, resin types) excite the production of saliva and stomach acid in some people and may also cause a mild intolerance and allergic effects. Over time this causes overgrowth of bacteria in the gut and slowly breaks down the gut wall making it more porous than it should be - the stomach is basically slowly digesting itself. I am in the process of trying to persuade a dentist to remove some composite that was inserted and is non-essential. It could take weeks to find a dentist willing to do this. It has been my experience that dentists are more than willing to implant things willy nilly into your mouth but reluctant to remove them. We do not know what the long term of theses new visually appealing dental implants are in our systems. They are essentially porous structures filled with chemicals that leech out and cause any number of reactions in people. In addition the dental industry doesn't seem to fathom that these materials could possibly be causing reactions in people. People routinely have allergic react to seemingly innocuous substances, nuts, fish etc. If you throw enough seemingly innocuous things at someone they will have a reaction at some point - never mind chemicals that are cured right there in your mouth. It is entirely plausible that the dental industry will have a massive scandal about implanting new materials in the next five years.

p.s. I don't drink or take drugs and I am otherwise healthy.

It would be interesting to know how many people with this problem in this forum have dental implants.
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I have this problem also. My suspicion that this is a gastrointestinal problem caused by dental implants. The hypothesis is that dental implants (particularly the new composite, resin types) excite the production of saliva and stomach acid in some people and may also cause a mild intolerance and allergic effects. Over time this causes overgrowth of bacteria in the gut and slowly breaks down the gut wall making it more porous than it should be - the stomach is basically slowly digesting itself. I am in the process of trying to persuade a dentist to remove some composite that was inserted and is non-essential. It could take weeks to find a dentist willing to do this. It has been my experience that dentists are more than willing to implant things willy nilly into your mouth but reluctant to remove them. We do not know what the long term of theses new visually appealing dental implants are in our systems. They are essentially porous structures filled with chemicals that leech out and cause any number of reactions in people. In addition the dental industry doesn't seem to fathom that these materials could possibly be causing reactions in people. People routinely have allergic react to seemingly innocuous substances, nuts, fish etc. If you throw enough seemingly innocuous things at someone they will have a reaction at some point - never mind chemicals that are cured right there in your mouth. It is entirely plausible that the dental industry will have a massive scandal about implanting new materials in the next five years.

p.s. I don't drink or take drugs and I am otherwise healthy.

It would be interesting to know how many people with this problem in this forum have dental implants.
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I came across this thread and wanted to add a thought here fore everyone.  I don't have the body odor problem, but noticed that my ex-husband developed this problem - he is a drinker and in his case  the smell it is alcohol.liver related.  U asked a doctor and also researched this and would recommend that you explore issues with the liver.  The liver does a lot of processing for us humans and can become dysfunctional.  O'm not suggesting anyone here is an alcoholic by the way, but thought this may give clues to the role of the liver in a fecal body odor  Here's what I also read:  

"There is a peculiar odor of the breath in individuals with severe liver disease caused by volatile aromatic substances that accumulate in the blood and urine.

The issue of odor in people with liver disease is a common one. It happens for the same reason that so many other complications do, the failure of the liver to process toxins. These toxins will build up in urine, perspiration, and even on the breath. It's called fetor hepaticus.
With hepatic encephalopathy, the breath may take on a "musty/sweet" smell. Dehydration can also be a factor here.
In late stage liver failure, the breath may take on a pungent, strong and noticeable odor that smells like “rotten egg”. Sulfides build up (dimethyl sulfide) and are released in urine, breath, feces, and sweat."
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Having a bad body odor that can't get rid of is so damn embarassing and stressful. Ive researched on this topic for awhile and just don't know what is really causing this ****.
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i have had this crazy and bad smell for more than 8 years now. can't smell it. I have done almost every test no avail. I am physically strong and healthy. just stated seeing some charges and even able now to get the smell. please, get Goldenseal, zinc with a percentage of copper and pau d'arco from a vitamin shop. 2 goldenseal and 2pau d'arco 3...
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So this helped you? Or you still have the same issue?
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try a multi enzyme and cut out dairy or buy a lactase enzyme for when you want to eat it.  cut back on the booze also. these things helped me a lot. i noticed ppl would complain of my rancid, vomit, garbage, **** stench after drinking chocolate milk. i cut back on dairy, bought multi-enzymes, ppl dont complain of **** smell any more. I had a lot of **** garbage smell comments in high school. I think I still smell a bit sometimes if i tax my digestive system too hard without enzymes. just not nearly as bad. don't scrub too hard, it wont help. wash normally. i believe it's caused when to many undigested macro nutrients make it into your lower GI tract then you sweat out fermented lipid soluble particles through your apocrine glands. I hope this helps
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I'm with theoneofeight, can you give more detail on what you did to fix it??
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You might be on to something.  I had similar experience as well and it looks like several others here did as well.  
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Can you elaborate on what you did to fix the issue?
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And also it seems it comes from my entire body
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This problem started with me being, (13) an 8th grader

,I mistakenly ate food which was raw or uncooked then that same night I

became really  sick my stomach,aching,paining hurting I couldn't get out of

my bed that night and the next day(it was friday evening when I got out of

bed then I began to  eat since I was so hungry).

I decided to go to school the next week,that's when I began hearing comments, it smells like****in here,did you *** your pants?

Since then I have sometimes only noticed(very rarely)the smell of garbage,sewer,rotten meat and fish.
Sometimes I smell rotten fish on my clothes.
And also occasionally smell feces from my neck after gym class.

Mostly people and  other students are the ones who say it smells like ****  and it seems am always smelling like this everyday.

I also have signs of sweating on the bottom area when it is very hot or when am anxious or stressed out. and halitosis


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I had this too and never thought it was me. At first i thought there there was a sewer problem. Then realized that there is no way a sewer is always stinking around. The problem  was ME! After detoxing by juicing and the problem still persisted. I asked my friend who is facilitator at Access Consciousness to help me. He asked me a few questions and said several powerful clearing statements and i have not had an odor in 3 weeks! I am so grateful. I needed to let you all know this because last month, i was desperate and reading all of these comments. I just wanted to share my story…hopefully it will help you.
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Can you please advise what to do?! Please help me, i have the same issue
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