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Trimethylaminuria, a condition that makes people smell funny

Do you bizarrely feel as if you’re smelling urine all around you? Please, see your doctor, as you may be suffering from an uncommon disease known as Trimethylaminuria.

According to the NHS, Trimethylaminuria (TMAU), also called fishy odor syndrome, is an uncommon condition that causes an unpleasant, fishy smell.

Other names for the condition are: stale fish syndrome, TMAU or TMAuria.

Experts say sometimes, it’s caused by faulty genes that a person inherits from their parents, but that this isn’t always the case.

Sad to say, there’s currently no cure, but there are things that can help

Medics at online forum Medline Plus warn that Trimethylaminuria is a disorder in which the body is unable to break down trimethylamine, a chemical compound that has a pungent odor.

The condition has been described as smelling like rotten or decaying fish. This is because, as this compound builds up in the body, it causes affected people to give off a strong fishy odor in their sweat, urine, and breath.

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The intensity of the odor may vary over time, researchers say; and the odor can interfere with many aspects of daily life, affecting a person’s relationships, social life, and career.

They also note that some people with trimethylaminuria experience depression and social isolation as a result of this condition.

Experts say that though TMAU can’t be cured, making changes in your diet, using certain soaps and lotions and managing stress can help reduce its symptoms.

trimethylaminuria and foods to avoid

According to online portal Cleveland Clinic, Trimethylaminuria is very rare, with healthcare providers reporting a few hundred cases in the 30 years they’ve tracked the condition.

Females are said to be more likely to have TMAU than males.

However, doctors may advise against eating certain foods, such as the ones contained in the above image.

The condition does not stop you eating meals containing sea foods such as fresh water fish, crabs, lobster, etc.

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