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I gets a foul odor from my bowels that lingers.

By Anonymous August 11, 2017 - 8:11am
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It is so embarrassing. After I have a bowel movement the smell lingers. Especially,When I eat sweats the odor is really foul smelling and lingers. I bathe twice a day, washes up after every bowel movements and it does not help. I tried using perfume to cover it up, oh it is so embarrassing. My doctor ran all types of test and found nothing. No disease, no infection, what can I do?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Malabsorption is also a common cause of foul-smelling stool. Malabsorption occurs when your body is unable to absorb the proper amount of nutrients from the food you eat. This generally occurs when there’s an infection or disease that prevents your intestines from absorbing nutrients from your food.

Common causes of malabsorption include:

celiac disease, which is a reaction to gluten that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents proper absorption of nutrients
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
carbohydrate intolerance, which is an inability to process sugars and starches completely
dairy protein intolerance
food allergies


August 11, 2017 - 8:23am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)


When I bowel there is always a thick white discharge coming out. Is that normal? Because sometimes I m constipated when releasing it.

August 11, 2017 - 8:00pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

No, this should not be happening. Please schedule an appointment with your doctor.


August 14, 2017 - 8:49am
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