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Can you smell yourself?

Postby Mermadia » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:06 pm

I've never really thought that I smelt fishy only on real bad days, but today I was rushing about and sweating and I could smell fish really strong I smelt my skin on hands it stunk of fish, but Im puzzled because I'd changed my diet to kinda strict again only thing I could think of was I ate a muffin with dried egg in And been taking betaine digestive tablets maybe something in that? Gonna stop and see if it improves, I wish some doctor or,dietitian would post a meal plan, to my knowledge there's only one book by Sonia for tmau meals,surely someone out there can do one? Here's hoping
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Re: Can you smell yourself?

Postby sacrosanct » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:44 pm

In answer to your question,

I have been politely walked out of stores, escorted off public transport etc. You name it, I've been kicked out of it. Not once on any of these occasions have I ever smelled anything on myself.

The only time I have ever smelled anything to do with Trimethylamine is when I bought a vial of it online to actually see if I could smell it. I took the lid off it, gave it a good whiff and to my suprise couldn't smell anything. To me it just smelled like a solvent. Then I put the lid back on it and put it away.

For the next 2 weeks my entire flat reeked of fish and I COULD smell it. My flatmate was gasping for days.

My conclusion from this experiment is that I do not have selective anosmia for Trimethylamine. IE I should be able to smell it. The reason why I cannot smell it on myself therefore remains a mystery.

FYI based on the comments over the years, I can tell you if I do not eat fish, the odour reported to me is more of a fecal smell. I'f i eat fish, the odour reported to me is that of fish.
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Re: Can you smell yourself?

Postby minnie » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:10 pm

During my school years I never once smelt my odour. Although I had more comments then than I do now. However once diagnosed, I began to notice it. I actually thought as I could smell it, it wasn't me and I would often be the first at times to ask what is that smell? The more times it happened where I could smell it where I was in a situation/place where it couldn't possibly smell, it hit home that it was coming from me. I don't really have a fish odour. I have a fecal/ sulphur smell. Sometimes I smell it for a split second and others it can last longer or come and go. Sometimes people don't acknowledge it is me and other times people stare directly at me and are uncomfortable when talking to me.

I've not come across a meal plan and only have the booklet I was given of foods that I can and cannot have. I'm not entirely convinced the food i eat affects it. I've followed the strictest diet avoiding stuff I can't have out of the booklet and became underweight and still suffered with odour just as much as usual.

If there was recipes/meal plans then I would definitely be interested and willing to give it a go.
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Re: Can you smell yourself?

Postby PoetFire » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:00 am

theres's a few theories as to why people might have BO/halitosis self-anosmia :
1. they get used to it.
2. the nose receptors are always saturated.
etc etc.

my own current theory is the nose/olfactory system ignores odorous chemicals in the blood.
this would include 'non-smelly' carriers as they may have a bit in the bloodstream.

It seems to be for most cases of any type of BO/halitosis the person cannot smell it, and perhaps close relatives either.
e.g. I've been in a shop where the server has halitosis for years. Im assuming his family would tell them if they could smell it.

I don't think the same may apply if the same chemicals are sourced externally (e.g. smell your own poo).

theres certainly something going on.
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