First I have to state how happy I am that I found this forum. I really thought it was just me with my problem. I have been living with this problem for a couple of years now and I think it is starting to effect different aspects of my life.
My problem is with a smell that eminates from my rectum. I have tried to troubleshoot my body by eliminating different things from my diet/lifestyle and nothing has worked. For the last year I have tried to hide the odor by using powders and deodorants on my rectum to make it though the day. The problem is that even after a shower I still smell. The more active I am during the day the worse it gets. I hear people taking a big breath of air through their nose as I walk by or when people at my employment have to work in close proximity of me. People use the word "smell" in a sentence and I get paranoid because I always think there is a hidden joke amongst others. Friends/coworkers have made comments that I know were directed at my smell but I always play dumb. I sit in the corner of meetings to hopefully avoid people smelling me. At parties in my own home I have to stand to the side, hoping that my friends will keep walking by because I know if they stop to talk that they will smell the odor.
I have been fighting this for so long that I think I am becoming depressed. Believe me it is hard for me to admit that I am depressed because I have always thought of it as a sign of weakness. It is effecting my home life and work life. It is rare that I am truely happy anymore. Because of the depression I started to workout at a gym back in January, hoping it would lift my spirits, but it hasn't worked. I have read some of the threads here and there are many different remedies that people suggest. This has confused me as I don't know what direction to go in. I want to get rid of this once and for all so that I can live life the way I used to, rid myself of depression, so my kids won't think of me as the grumpy dad when they grow up. I am misserable because of this smell, please help!
Constant gas or frequently malodorous stools often indicate a bacterial imbalance or infection in the gut. A comprehensive stool analysis, such as through Great Plains Lab in Kansas (U.S.) or Doctor's Data in Illinois can diagnose such ailments. Both labs have websites. (I've heard several negative comments about Great Smokies Lab lately from reliable sources, so I hesitate to recommend them these days.)
If your issue is a matter of non-gas odor, I've heard that some folks have success using those individually foil packed antibacterial wipes a few times a day, and certainly after bowel movements. I've seen these at drug stores. I've also read about someone who very successfully used underarm stick deodorant in that region, although you mention you've already tried this. (Not an antiperspirant, as these simply block pores with aluminum or other compounds -- you'd specifically be looking for an ANTIBACTERIAL with a compound such as triclosan or equivalent.) I've seen a heavy cream deodorant called "Tussy" that might be very effective as well, although not as convenient as a stick deodorant -- you might give that a try.
I'd highly recommend you consult with your doctor about
a comprehesive stool analysis through one of the two labs mentioned above (about $300 if no insurance). Some other labs do stool analyses too, but sometimes they're not as competent or their reports don't include the all-important bacterial and yeast cultures. You'll want to see what imbalances might be present and go from there. I might suggest probiotics (refrigerated acidolphilus and bifido combo, 10-15 billion units per capsule) supplements, but there's no reason to guess and grasp at treatments if you can afford a proper lab diagnosis. Good luck, and post your results!
Hi you need to check for parasites eg threadworms in your intestines or any other parasite for that matter especially if it has never happened before they secrete itchy stinky stuff that really stinks so this is most like what's happening often these produce no symptoms all but is so worth it to buy so de worming tablets
I have cauda equina syndrome CES and found after consultation at GF Strong rehab hospital in Vancouver, BC, that Tens wash cream is the best tool for cleaning post BM. Very cool to skin and fresh smelling.
A barrier cream is a good additional tool.
It's Surfer27 here. Hey, thanks for the email and for the suggestions! At this point, I'd give anything just to smell somewhat normal again! My problem has been a fecal body odour, that's been going on for 5 long yrs and no help in sight! Thankyou for contacting me and suggesting this wash to me! I deeply appreciate the help!!! Okay, so just a few questions, about this wash! Okay first, what is this Tens Wash Cream? Second, can it clean not only the outer anal area, but the internal area as well? Third, is there a website or something, where I can purchase this product and if so, what would it cost me in Canadian dollars? Lastly, has this product helped you personally? You mentioned you have cauda equina syndrome! What exactly is that? Is it serious? How long, have you had this cauda equina syndrome for? Anyways, if you can get back to me asap with this information, that would be a huge help, as I need to get my life back in order fast!! Thanks and take care. Bye for now.
It is not an underarm problem, nor a gas problem. Just a smell that comes from there no matter how clean I am. It is bothersome because I try to mask the smell and nothing seems to hide it. I am looking for direction on what the is the best first step is. I would like to try some things prior to visiting with my Dr since it will be quite embarasing to bring up.