Patient Comments: Fish Odor Syndrome - Signs and Symptoms


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Comment from: Fishy Vic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

Wow! Not sure how I even ran across this. My mother, one of my sisters, and I had this same problem of fish odor syndrome. Every time we would eat any kind of fish, we could smell ourselves for the next day or two or three. Yuk! When we would ask our friends if they had the problem, no one seemed to know what we were talking about. This answers many questions. Cannot wait to find out more about it.

Comment from: Fishy Mishy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

After eating a pot of seafood chowder over the course of a week (I didn't want it to go bad), I started emitting this fishy odor when I went to urinate. Even after bathing, it would come right back in the vaginal secretions. About a week later, the smell was back to normal. It wasn't itchy. I think if it itches, it could be a bacterial infection. Good thing the fish odor syndrome isn't permanent. I learned from this experience, don't schedule any dates until a week after eating fish.

Comment from: Leah, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: September 07

About 3 weeks ago my husband started emitting this terrible odor! He's always been very clean, showers, and has excellent hygiene. It's been a very hot summer here, but his odor is so bad and I can literally track him through the house by his smell! He's been sweating a lot, but the smell is horrid! I can't even stand to be in the same room with him anymore! I think it must be fish odor syndrome.

Comment from: sosweetlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

Just the other day, I noticed every time I eat seafood I get this horrible fish like odor. I never knew it was a real syndrome. I am extremely clean with showers morning and evening, changing clothing daily and don't know what else I can do to solve this problem. I also have a lot of problems with bad breath even though I am extremely careful about flossing and brushing. My vaginal area is so terribly sore most of the time, I have to put clothes on after sex or the pain is just too much. Also problem gets worse after sex.

Comment from: slow joe, Male (Patient) Published: September 15

I have had fish odor syndrome for quite some time. It is very bad at night, also extremely itchy. In the morning it peaks until I shower. It is okay until evening again. It sometimes bears a slimy greasy feel.

Comment from: LindaPinda, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 27

My husband has had TMAU (trimethylaminuria) or fish odor syndrome since he was 63. It comes and goes. He has been taking riboflavin and charcoal pills and takes a shot of apple cider vinegar twice a day. So far so good. No outbreaks for the past week.

Comment from: Shortydorite, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have been dealing with fish odor syndrome since I was a lad. Not until I grew up did I realize it would only happen if I ate fish or salmon; both of which I love. I have unhappily passed this on to my daughter. It hurts because I need to stay free of pork. Chicken and fish are my only alternatives. What's a girl to do!

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.

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.

Comment from: Amanda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I noticed it fish odor syndrome on me after eating fish. My solution is Melissa officinalis tea or peppermint tea with apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon/lime. They flush out the elements which cause bad odor.


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Comment from: lucy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

Sometimes I have a bad smell. When I'm nervous, I start to sweat and my hands smells and my breath smells bad. Brushing my teeth doesn't help. Neither does taking a bath. I've been having it for years, thinking that I'm the only one with this problem. I've been to so many doctors with no result. I don't have many friends and people stay away from me. Sometimes I feel depressed because I look healthy but there is something bad happening to me and I can't get help from my doctor.

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