The Woman Who Constantly Smells Of Fish


FAYSAL BASHIR: She usually smells sort of quite oniony. It’s quite a strong smell.
For some reason I thought it was called ‘fishiyatitus.’ COMM: Radiographer Kelly Fidoe-White has an unusual metabolic condition with a rather
unpleasant symptom. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: The main scientific name for it is Trimethylaminuria. It’s also known
as Fish Odour Syndrome. COMM: The condition affects her on a daily basis and it first become apparent when she
was at school. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: There was more than one occasion where I would say “Oh, I’ve had
fish paste sandwiches for my lunch.” When kids would say, “Oh, you smell of fish”.
That was quite difficult to deal with as a teenager. SANDRA FIDOE: The fact that she was bullied about it made it ten times worse, I think,
for her and certainly for me, it bothered me. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: I was spending a stupid amount of time in the shower. Red hot water,
scrubbing until my skin was bright red. COMM: Kelly’s condition, shorten to TMAU, isn’t caused by poor hygiene. Her body is
unable to break down a compound found in food that contains a substance called Choline,
meaning a lot of ingredients are off the menu. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: One of the things that they say to you is, “If it smells going
in, it’s going to smell coming out.” So, things like fish, seafood are all triggers. COMM: The body disposes of the compound in sweat, breadth and urine, emitting a pungent
odour that can resemble rotten fish, onion and faecal matter. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: As far as I know, this condition affects between 300 and 600 people
worldwide. It’s not a very well known condition at all. A lot of GPs have never even heard
of it. COMM: In fact, Kelly diagnosed herself. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: From watching documentaries about it, things just started to fall into
place. It was like, “That sounds like it could be me”, and ultimately I ended up
being tested and it came back positive. There is no magic pill that you can take to make
it better. I personally take a cocktail of medications. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: That’s the pills that I take. We don’t know whether they work
or not, but I try and keep on top of it as best as I can. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: There is very few other symptoms at all, but of course you’ve got the side effects of anxiety, social isolation, it’s hard. COMM: To limit the amount of people she is exposed to, Kelly took a job working nights,
but it’s not been easy. FAYSAL BASHIR: You could trace Kelly’s smell up the corridor. ASHA FEROZ: Certain people had made comments. What was upsetting was how people were dealing
with it and at that point she was, she wasn’t herself. FAYSAL BASHIR: I have had many complaints about Kelly’s smell to me form variety of
staff within the department. It’s hard when you get these complaints as Kelly is a good friend. COMM: Finding love gave her a much needed confidence boost. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: Michael has helped me to cope by making me see the funny side of the
condition. MICHAEL FIDOE-WHITE: I didn’t really noticed her smell straight away, when we first started
seeing each other. I don’t believe she tried to hide it. Kelly’s confidence has definitely
improved over the years. She still doubts herself a little bit now and again, you know.
I think the best way of me helping Kelly with the condition is to be supportive about the condition. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: I’m sure he won’t mind me saying this but he is, you know, he produces
his own smells anyway. COMM: Kelly is now open with friends, colleagues and patients. KELLY FIDOE-WHITE: I’m more chilled out about it now. I can’t say that if somebody
complained tomorrow, I wouldn’t still find it a little bit cutting. But I deal with it
by educating that person now. COMM: Feeling confident enough to speak out about her condition, Kelly hopes she will
inspire others to feel comfortable in their own skin. SANDRA FIDOE: She is compassionate, she is hardworking, she is innovative really in her
job and her home life, I think. MICHAEL FIDOE-WHITE: I’m very proud in the way she copes with her condition. I’m very
proud of her as a person, full stop.

100 thoughts on “The Woman Who Constantly Smells Of Fish

  1. She so super clean but still smells and prolly gets judge without people knowing that she is cleaner then them

  2. I had a girlfriend like that, but she was beautiful. And I love eating fish. I married someone else that smells like flowers

  3. She should just move to Newfoundland. Every man woman and child in Newfoundland smells like a rotting carp in the hot Nevada sun.

  4. Lol there is a kid in my class like this she sat next to the air con and u all know what happens next I hope she gets better because she is beautiful

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    Im sorry but I really do feel bad for this lady its sad to see people judge people before even getting to know them But her husband is so supportive tho😌❤

  6. I had a G.F who smelled lije fish down there. Sometimes cats would paw at the windows. She would also drip and get crusties.

  7. I'm right now in puberty and I have armpit hair odor😢 My one classmate bullies me for having a sweaty and stinky armpits.. Also my armpits sweat even though if the air is hot or cold.. I know that I am not the only that has sweaty armpits. But I hope that my sweaty and stinky armpits go away. I hope it's just puberty😢😢 I also wipe my armpits and put deodorant regularly at school..

  8. Lmao, what a big deal. I smell like fish all the time and I don’t even care. Don’t make such a big deal out of nothing.

  9. I knew someone like this. I can still remember the smell, it was terrible. This guy was nice, I hope he's doing great now.

  10. i have the same thing. in middle school i was taking 3-4 showers a day because i though i just wasn't cleaning myself enough. i had to drop out of high school because all i could think about was how i smelt and every one around me complaining about it. i'm gonna have to get a job soon and i don't know what to do because my anxiety about it has gotten so bad i leave the house 2 times a month at most. i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. it's a lot worse than it sounds 🙁

  11. I wouldn't Kno what to do if I had to go through tht. Thts a disability. I wouldn't want to wrk around no one because u gne sweat etc…..

  12. She can try drinking charcoal slurry. Take tablespoon of charcoal powder food grade and mix with water and drink on an empty stomach.

  13. I actually know a way to cure this problem. I’m not sure what is called but it’s like salt but you have to blend it until it’s like powder. It helps soooo much and never stink anymore but you have to use it for a long time.

  14. I broke up with my girlfriend because she smelt like fish. Now i feel bad because maybe she had this condition.. prolly not tho

  15. We shouldn’t be judging people because we don’t know what they are going through. We also shouldn’t be making assumptions about what they are going through.

  16. The fact that she lives with this im sure is so u confortable and horrible …. i hope docs find a cure for this but there are many things that should be cure and u can tell she washes herself to the extreme thinking that it might help …. her coworkers know abt her situation and complain GIRL WISH U NOTHING BUT THE BEST

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