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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a horrible fecal body odor emitting from my skin and I don't know what else to try. I bathe twice a day sometimes three times and it doesn't help. Every doctor I visit says it's in my head but it's not everywhere I go people notice it. My symptoms are fecal body odor or gas smelling body odor, fecal taste in mouth, bad breath, flatulence(all the time/everyday), smelly ear wax, excessive sweating, hypothyroidism. Please help me what can this be?
Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   have u been evaluated for any dermatological conditions before ?
User :   No but the first doctor I talked to on this site said it could be a skin infection
Doctor :   so have u consulted a dermatologist ?
User :   No Ive asked this question on this site earlier today and the factor I chatted live with told me that
Doctor :   i understand your point
Doctor :   what i mean to ask is that have u had a face to face evaluation by a dermatologist ?
User :   No
Doctor :   u may need evaluation by a skin biopsy, to note it there is secretion from the skin glands
User :   So it has nothing to do with my colon? Because I've seen several gastroenterologists
Doctor :   no not at all
User :   I wanted to know is it possible for gas/flatulence to come through the skin/pores
Doctor :   you should have a face to face examination of skin and also your throat to rule out any condition like esophageal diverticuli
Doctor :   no that is not possible
User :   Okay do is there anything specific I should ask the doctor or tell them?
Doctor :   presence of undigeested food material in the throat diverticuli, can cause such a smell too
Doctor :   no just explain your symptoms and he willl do the rest
User :   Are there any test I should tell him to do other than the skin biopsy?
Doctor :   yes a barium study of the throat , to rule out esophgeal diverticuli
Doctor :   aslo secretion of body pheromones which are unique to each individual , can produce such a smell
Doctor :   this can be determined by the dermatologist too
User :   Okay thank you I'll have this done as soon as possible you are the first doctor who listened and didn't Just tell me it was all In my head
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   i understand your situation and hope that it will resolve soon
User :   Me too thanks
Doctor :   take care, merry christmas and a happy new year
User :   Also about the ear wax is that related
Doctor :   yes
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