Unpleasant Body Odor Could be Due to a Genetic Disorder

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Latest study shows that bad body odor could be due to inherited genes. An odor disorder known as Trimethylaminuria may be the cause of unpleasant body odor for some of the people. Trimethylaminuria also called as fish odor syndrome is a disorder that causes defect in producing enzyme Flavin containing monooxygenase 3 or simply called as FMO3. If enough Flavin enzyme is not produced in the body, the body fails to properly break trimethylamine. This trimethylamine then is released through sweat, urine or breath giving a fish like or strong odor.

In order to find out one has this disorder or not, the person has to get a urine test which will measure the amount of trimethylamine. Victims of this disorder may have problem socially and will always have to be cautious of their odor. Children especially may go through tough time socially due to the disorder. The exact treatment of this disorder is still not available but certain studies have showed that an intake of Chlorophyllin has successfully resulted in complete loss of disorder. Other ways to minimize the bad odor is by avoiding non-vegetarian food and taking low dosage of antibiotics that reduce bacteria in the stomach.
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The leader of the current study Paul Wise from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia says that despite good hygiene certain people may give unpleasant odors. He also says that trimethylamine is difficult to diagnose. Studies in UK have shown that nearly 1 percent of the population has a defective copy of FMO3, the cause of the bad odor. George Pretic, another researcher from Monell, says that after body odor the second most common bad odor culprit is bad breath also scientifically called as chronic halitosis. He says that chronic halitosis can be confused with body odor as because when you speak it may seem as the odor is coming from the body. Paul Wise has said people have to be tested to be sure if they have odor disorder and they should also avoid chlorine-rich food. Paul Wise along with his colleagues tested 352 patients that came to Monell to find a solution for their unpleasant body odor. Out of these nearly 1/3 of the patients had trimethylamine. The test showed that African-American women were the most common patients to obtain this disorder. In the study it was concluded that the best method of finding out whether the patient has trimethylamine or not is by choline challenge testing. Also the exact diagnosis of this disorder needs further research.




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