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Fish Odour Syndrome

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Fish odour syndrome, otherwise known as Trimethylaminuria, is an unusual metabolic condition which means you have difficulty breaking down and digesting certain compounds found in food. Most people’s bodies don’t have a problem breaking down timethylamine (TMA) and turning it into timethylamine oxide (TMAO) but for those that do the Trimethylamine is instead disposed through your sweat, breath and urine giving off a pungent fishy aroma. Unsurprisingly it can be a tad distracting and more than a little embarrassing and the smell tends to get worse around menstruation. However, there is help at hand for sufferers with a variety of antibiotics and probiotics available that can help ease the condition. Eating a diet low in choline also helps though can be tricky; choline is found in high amounts in eggs, wheat germ and certain meats but a doctor should be able to provide you with further information.

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Hi,I need your help. I have had TMAU, and I saw at your tv serie some medical device for measurement of trimethylamine. I wish to buy one. I need to know about this medical device's manufacturer or distributor. Thanks all for you. Best whises.





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I would be curious to know if this condition is a side effect of bariatric surgery, since we r required to maintain a high protein/low carb diet? Also, is this an indicator that liver funtion is below normal, and if so, why doesnt it show in bloodwork?

Hi,I don't know how can say it,My body smell like fishy and same time is wars when I go to the toilet my wee smell and my breath. I don't know how can discribe it.i am really imbarased about this situation ,because I feel to bad to mixed me with others,like when I am at work or in any place with others I feel depress and because of it I prefer to isolate.please help me,that can I do for this big problem?. I am 44 ege





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I think I have Tmau due to the symptons. I had a urine sample sent but came back negative. I have tried a low choline diet and seem to work but I'm 12 weeks pregnant now and the ordour is back again as I have to eat healthy. This is making my life a living especially at wrk and I have run out of solutions. I my symptons started in my mid twenties and seem to be getting worse the older I grow I am 31 at the moment. Any suggestions on how to get by this pregnancy are welcome.





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Go to TMAU rareconnect website

obviously no advice here but google your symptoms as i did





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Has anyone tried drinking and maybe taking a bath in Apple cider vinegar? I heard its supposed to balance your ph and kill bacteria.





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What antibiotics and which probiotics

Can you smell the fish odor If you try really hard to sniff yourself..and how come family members can't smell it?





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For anyone suffering from a chronic body odour problem (which is not due to a lack of proper hygiene)you may have TMAU. In the first instance, you may wish to overhaul your diet. Avoid high protein or high choline foods, e.g. meat, fish, egg yolks, strong coffee and dairy products. However, be mindful that you will have to up your intake of other types of protein. Take the supplement Chlorella and probiotics every day. If you wish to confirm whether you have TMAU, talk to your G.P. about being tested. The results of the urine test take about 6 weeks to come back. There is no cure for TMAU but, in the main, the symptoms can be managed by diet and anti-biotics.





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I do notice that the discharge from my vagina does have a strong bad odour at times. Im 26 and tend to have to wear panty liners because I always seem to have discharge even on my dry days. What can I do?





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it could be one of the following : Hope this helps ! Bacterial Vaginosis vs. Yeast Infection Burning, itching and vaginal discharge are all-too-common symptoms for women during their reproductive years. Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection during their lifetime, and 50% of women will have more than one infection. But not all such symptoms are the result of yeast infections. A recent study found that only one in four women seeking treatment for a yeast infection was actually infected with Candida, the fungus responsible for yeast infections. So what are the other causes of these vaginal symptoms? Yeast infections are the second most common cause of vaginal infections. The primary cause is actually bacterial vaginosis (BV). Women normally have resident bacteria in their vagina that are in a healthy state of balance with their surrounding tissues. But that balance can be disrupted by a number of things, including pregnancy (up to 16% of pregnant women have BV), hormonal changes, douching, foreign bodies (including IUDs), and even stress. This imbalance can cause an overgrowth of naturally occurring bacteria, which in turn can lead to infection, inflammation and discomfort. Although BV is not thought to be a sexually transmitted disease, it is more common in women with multiple sexual partners.

Hi, I only have the fishy smell down below after I have eaten fish. Is this the same thing? Apart from avoiding seafood is there anything I or my GP can do?





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Hi Amy I have the same issue did you find an answer?

I am 25 and my pee smells like fish want could I do has I am 2 scared to go to the doctor about it please help





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