Fish Odor Syndrome - Signs and Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of fish odor syndrome (trimethylaminuria)?

As trimethylamine builds up in the body, it causes affected people to give off a fish-like odor in their sweat, urine, and breath. The intensity of this odor may vary over time. The strong body odor can interfere with many aspects of daily life, affecting a person's relationships, social life, and career. Some people with trimethylaminuria experience depression and social isolation as a result of this condition.

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Comment from: moah6, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have a smell about me which seems like I have had my entire life. I am so self-conscious about smelling bad, that it has affected how I behave, who I sit next to, who I stand next to all my life. I am so clean in my personal hygiene and always have been, and yet I still smell. Now here"s the crazy thing, I can"t and never have been able to smell myself or name the bad smell that others are smelling, and I have always been too shy or embarrassed to ask. I plucked up the courage last week to ask my doctor if I smelled and she was no help at all. Maybe I have this fish odor syndrome or something like it.

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Comment from: CuriousAlso, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I used to have the fishy smell with bacterial vaginosis infections. But recently the only time I notice the smell (vaginal) is after eating even a very small taste of strong smelling fish, for e.g., smoked salmon. The only fish I can now eat, and only occasionally, is mild catfish and sometimes that may cause a slight fishy vaginal odor. Now I know what the expression "fisherman"s wife" means! Poor women. I"m going to try some dietary options. I wish you all well and thank you for sharing your stories.

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