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Offline seadragonuk

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Smelling Bad
« on: February 23, 2020, 08:14:33 am »
As I was experiencing low eGfr, I moved from a Tenofivir arv to abacavir, lamivudine & rilpivirine about 18 months ago. My efgr has stayed steady and for the 1st time in 15 years my T-cells have gone up BUT I started to smell bad. The only common factor I can see is that this started when I began this new regime. I work as a teacher and this has become very embarrassing and difficult for me. Has anyone else experienced this? My GP referred me to a specialist, but they couldn’t find anything wrong. I tried a Chinese Herbalist but this is not working either. Can anyone help?

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2020, 09:40:45 am »

Maybe you can provide more details as the question ,if I understood it correctly, is generic. What type of smell? When? How do you detect it? Is it from the body or sweat or clothing?

The human body odour is effected by many factors such as diet, certain food, certain chemicals, and of course self hygiene.

From your message, I concluded that you visited your GP. Why your main point of contact is not your HIV specialist/ clinic? what type of specialist your GP referred you to?

I hope things will get better for you soon. Don't stress over it, think of the factors I mentioned and try to observe what you had been/ still expose your body to.


Offline seadragonuk

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2020, 11:12:36 am »
Hi Prince

Thank you for your reply. My HIV specialist referred me to my GP (Who in turn referred me to ENT) - they have a very limited remit nowawadays and she felt this was a non-HIV related issue. She did conduct a candida swab (As I have suffered from this in the past) but this came back negative

I'm unsure what type of smell (possibly faecal) but the effect on others in consistent. I think its possibly coming from my nasal cavaity or breath perhaps. My body and oral hygeine is impeccable. I have examined my diet and there is nothing out of the ordinary. I do take a lot of health supplements - that could be a factor perhaps?

Offline lightalltheway

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2020, 05:15:56 pm »
Thank you for your reply. Now the situation is clearer.

Since you are aware about the dynamics about the factors that I mentioned, it is good that you can omit certain things. In my opinion and since it is perhaps faecal, I would consider the option of Tonsillitis, when they are enlarged they produce certain white smooth material that got stuck in there. Trust me, they smell terrible!

It is great to know that you will see your ENT specialist, they will be able to provide a medical stand point. As for your diet, depending on what supplements do you take. Try to look at what's new in your daily routine, however I do not really believe that the smell will go out from your stomach as acid and food are there through the discourse of the whole day, and with reference to your explained message i think it is from the throat.

Please keep us posted. When is your appointment? all the best.

Offline seadragonuk

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2020, 12:59:55 am »
Prince thanks but the ENT specialist (who I have already seen) has ruled all ENT stuff out

Offline em

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2020, 03:04:33 am »
smelling bad

with the way the world is socially . it seems like some out there have over developed olfactory . others might be showing disappointment by saying stuff like you stink .

when it is something they are using to have power over someone else . You sure it isn't  just paranoia psychosomatic self image .  that inside you are felling down from depression and taking it out on yourself by thinking you stink when if you give it some thought everyone stinks .   

making a mountain out of a mole hill. in my own life I am quite the stinker . I think it is part of being alive.  could be medication .  or for me maybe just  old person smell. I find in my own life that  when at the market I find myself passing gas and I know the medications i take make extra pungent in the stink factor . I am sure some are not pleased by the aroma left in my wake . I just think it is a stink they will not soon forget and move on with my life . 

 or just some out there trying to get to you . possibly this someone trying to get at you  might be  you.

quite a while back my grandmother was taking psych meds and her home reeked of them . I new what it was from my own experiences but younger relatives thought it was old lady smell.   

life stinks . sorry if I could not give you information that might be more useful maybe this long winded answer might help with the depression by trying to cheer you up by knowing you are not alone .   

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2020, 03:38:06 am »

Welcome to the forum, sorry to hear about the current odour concerns.

As others have suggested there are many things that cause a change in odour, I know the specialist found nothing, but if it's a problem then start again and keep working with your doctor.

I do take a lot of health supplements - that could be a factor perhaps?
I tried a Chinese Herbalist but this is not working either.

Well unless you have deficiencies and been told to take supplements by a doctor maybe you can cut them out and see if there is any change in the weeks following. Do keep the GP and Specialist posted on any supplements you have been taken.

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Re: Smelling Bad
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2020, 12:41:34 am »
Thanks so much Jim


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