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Old 04-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Why do I smell like poop?

I have a issue here. I always used to smell great, and I have carried the same good hygiene for a long time. It wasn't until a few months ago, where I really began to smell like human poop. I would take long showers before school, and even at night; and immediately afterwards, I would usually begin to smell like poop. I have tried using different soaps, etc. and it hasn't seemed to work. I'm a caucasian male; freshman in high school, and it' kind of embarrassing when people say "it smells like $#@$ in here". I don't say anything, but it's kind of sad because I know it's me, so I pretend nobody ever said anything. My mom's fiancee has noticed it and said it smelled like crap, but I don't think they know it's really me. I brush my teeth, use deodorant, wear expensive cologne, and chew gum, and it hasn't seemed to go away. Please give serious, logical answers.

 
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Just happened to see this when I opened the site and reminded me of a story years ago. A lady my father worked with kept complaining about the same thing. Long story short; their water!!! They had it tested and there was run off from a hog confinement near them (they lived in the country) going into their well. Have you thought about your water? Does your mother have this problem?

 
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

You need to see a Gastroenterologist. This problem is rare but not unheard of. It basically has to do with IBS and is usually triggered by spicey foods with most people. Of course there are other foods that can trigger it as well but you need to try and take note of what your diet is like. Trying to cover up the problem is not going to do you any good till you find out the cause.

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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Where is the odor coming from? Can you tell?
I mean, you mention deodorant, chewing gum, etc.
Is the odor coming from your breath, your underarms, your privates, or your entire body or what?

I don't know the answer, but I know I've read the same concern posted by others in the past. So it must not be that uncommon of a problem (although I must admit I've never encountered anyone who "smelled like poop" in my entire life, which leaves me wondering if maybe you're all just being paranoid.)

I'm sure if you go to the doctor, they can figure out how to treat it.
Maybe it's an infection- a bacterial or fungal infection. If so, maybe all you need is an antibiotic or a cream.
I'd really recommend seeing a doctor.

Best of luck.

 
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

hi! i have the same problem like Swag too. i started since April and i lost almost alll of of my friend a school. i'm a high school freshmen, i'm a girl i'm 15. people at school were really mean to me until the end of the school year. it was terrible and it is still the same. They said you smell like crap, [edit], poop it's horrible . i'm going through this since 3 months now. i don't know what to do i'm so sad and i don't want to start the school year with that plese help me! does somebody know if it can go away and i can be like before again? because i take long showers (i showers 4 times a day now) i use deodorants but it doesnt help.

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Old 07-16-2011, 09:05 AM   #6
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Hi doricetoe....Have you discussed this with your Dr. to see if he/she can give you any insight to your problem? At your age you should be having the time of your life, so I am sure this is terrible for you. As far as folks calling you names..that is cruel... Please make an appt. with your Dr. to see if maybe some tests need to be run or you may need to see a specialist. I wish I could be of more help but until you find the cause not much else to add.

Maybe you should see a gastroenterologist to see if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome , your colon will leak fecal material back into your bloodstream and you will have a fecal odor in your breath and on your skin.

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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Swag,do you have an/any eating disorders, constipation or irregular bm's? Best advise yet wld be to go see your gastro... all the rest are assumptions. I've known ppl with same problem, but it was due to not digesting and passing food properly as I recall. They also got passed the issue. Proud of you for posting your issue... find a way to help yourself and don’t worry about what others think. Remember, we all have the same biological makeup! Good luck to you!

 
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

omg i have the same problem im 17 yrs old, a girl i am very very clean but in 7th grade this all started im a senior now still go through HELL i dont know if i wanna continue. My personality drags everybody to me until they smell me i guess or hear from someone else i stink then i be all by myself so i started being a loner got so used to that i had No life; my mom and dad wont listen to me they think it's in my head. iv'e been non socializing to people to suicide wanting to die i didnt wanna hurt anymore having to go to school just to be tortured and talked about; I'm scared of school events and having to get up and turn a paper in ,even speaking up in class; terrified to talk to people. i hate my life i tell yah. BUT anyways now im in a deep depression i hate everything no emotions not very loving anymore stopped writing songs; lost my future im just. HERE. THE depression started when i didnt want to hurt anymore at school so i cut off my emotions so nothing would get to me now it won't go away so i take pills for getting out of the rut feeling. But the whole problem is stemming off the "smelling like crap "thing. i have to get rid of that to be better i just wanna live like a regular highschool kid suks. i understand what yall are talkin about my heart goes out to all of you going through this

 
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:26 AM   #9
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

I've been dealing with this problem as well and I've observed a few things. First, I believe that this problem really becomes noticeable in high school as a result of all the changes people go through during [U]puberty[U]. I'm not a scientist, so I can't tell you with certainty what the cause of this problem is, but I have reason to believe that it is related to diet.

I didn't have this problem in high school, but my sister did. What was the difference between us? I followed a strict Vegan diet and she ate meat. Years later, when the problem began for me, I realized that major difference in my life was the fact that I had begun to incorporate meat into my diet. I've since changed my diet and the problem has not been recognizable.

Please note that I am not suggesting that you all go vegan. This type of diet can be very unhealthy, especially for teenagers; YOU NEED YOUR CALCIUM! All I'm suggesting is that you monitor the foods you eat and how they affect your odor. For me, the smell becomes noticeable almost immediately after eating spicy food, or drinking liquor, and only disipated after a month of eliminating meat from diet and increasing fiber and water intake to cleanse my system.

For all of you high schools kids who are getting ready for college, I strongly recommend that you take a course in nutrition; if nothing else, it's a great way to earn biology credits.

Has anyone else observed specific elements that may trigger this problem? A doctor may be able to help, but only if there has been research done on this specific problem. That is doubtful. Your doctors advise is most certainly a best guess.

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Old 10-10-2011, 06:20 AM   #10
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

After doing some further research and reading other blogs, I began taking a one aday supplement that contains Glycine and L-Carnitine(two essential amino acids). After three days, I no longer had odorous reactions to food.

 
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Like a lot of the people who've posted here I have suffered with this, whatever it is, all my life starting back the Freshman year or so of High School. I am now 29. My coworkers are very gracious but I've overheard their comments to one another about my odor as I've overheard those same softly whispered remarks my entire adult life. As I don't have insurance though I've never had the opportunity to go to GI so I've tried to find the answer on my own to no avail.

The last poster mentioned a combination of Amino acids. I was wondering if he'd be so kind as to list or email me what brand of supplements he is taking so I can try them as well. Who knows, maybe it will help me as well. I'm not sure how much longer I can put up with the depression that has clouded my world for so long now.

 
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Hey Jdfimage,
You know, I'm still experimenting with this stuff and I'm not positive that it's a good idea. If you google "glycocarn" you'll find a hundred different products containing Glycine and L-Carnitine. This stuff is mainly used buy body builders, but there are a few brands that offer 1 a day capsules. I've had to take 2 a day for it to make a noticeable difference. I have noticed some uncomfortable effects like constipation, mild headaches, and increased heart beat.

It really doesn't make any sense to me why this would help. Amino acids are just protein. My diet isn't lacking protein.

If you try it, let me know what you think.

 
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Hey Jason – Well the shipment came in this morning. I've also started on a pro-biotic this morning. Took two capsules of both. I'm going to give it two weeks, continue taking in a lot of water and running. I am also attempting to cut meat and dairy out of my diet. I switched to Soy Milk last week (which is surprisingly good lol especially mixed with something like a breakfast shake mix.)

I really hate whatever this is we all have and I hope one of us can get to the bottom of it. I've lived with my depression and hid it all behind a smile and a personality all my life. I'm tired of it though so I'm going to try to get to the bottom of it myself. I've picked up a second job working in the evenings as a waiter and over the past several nights I've overheard the same comments I've heard my entire life. (Generally from patrons.) Like always though my co-workers are too polite or pitying enough to say anything about it.

I'll report back here in a couple of weeks on how things are going.





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You know, I'm still experimenting with this stuff and I'm not positive that it's a good idea. If you google "glycocarn" you'll find a hundred different products containing Glycine and L-Carnitine. This stuff is mainly used buy body builders, but there are a few brands that offer 1 a day capsules. I've had to take 2 a day for it to make a noticeable difference. I have noticed some uncomfortable effects like constipation, mild headaches, and increased heart beat.

It really doesn't make any sense to me why this would help. Amino acids are just protein. My diet isn't lacking protein.

If you try it, let me know what you think.

 
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Re: Why do I smell like poop?

Just try to remember that dietary suggestions are based on a 25 year old male weighing approximately 154 pounds. Plus, our bodies are constantly disposing of excess nutrients. So, you should adjust your intake according to weight, and try to spread out your intake of the supplements.

It might be easier to get your probiotics from real food sources like broccoli, tomatoes, pickels and yogurt. Just an idea.

Let's try to keep this discussion active...

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Thats great advice to keep in mind. I am 29, 6'1 and in 7 months I've lost (through jogging and watching what I eat) 81 pounds. I am down to 237. My goal is somewhere in the 210-220 range.

I had hoped the weight loss and increased physical activity (i.e. sweating through jogging) would offer whatever this is to work out of my system in the evenings so I would smell fresher in the morning but so far I don't believe either the drop in pounds or the workouts have helped.

As far as pro-biotics go as I said I am going to start eating mostly fruit and veggies. I'll throw in a little chicken or peanut butter when I can and keep to my Soy Milk as opposed to regular milk and see what happens. Maybe the severe diet change, coupled with the supplements of GPLC, pro-biotic and a multi-vitamin will do the trick.

Yes, please, let's keep this communication up. I finally feel ... normal? That's not the right word but maybe "amongst peers" is more apt term.

 
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