Watch the story of the woman who constantly smells like fish
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A woman, who has been suffering from Trimethylaminuria also known as ‘fish odour syndrome’, constantly smells like fish.
Kelly Fidoe-White has been bullied for years and now has to work night shifts as her colleagues complained about her odour.
The 36-year-old, who works at the Royal Oldham Hospital as a radiographer, was having four showers a day and was using whole cans of deodorant but after her colleagues complained about her odour, she decided to work night shifts.
Kelly has a supportive husband who says that her smell has negatively affected him but he never complained as he understands her situation.
Mrs. Fidoe-White said: “Michael has helped me to cope by making me see the funny side of the condition. I am sure he won’t mind me saying this, but he produces his own smell anyway!”
Mrs. Fidoe-White talked about her teenage days where she experienced a lot of bullying due to her ‘fish odour’.
She said: “There was more than one occasion where I would say: “I’ve had fish paste sandwiches for my lunch,” when kids would say “you smell like fish”. That was difficult to deal with as a teenager.”
Mrs. Fidoe-White’s night shift buddies, Faysal Bashir, and Asha Feroz also support her and feel upset when people make comments about her body odour.
Mrs. Fidoe-White has tried everything to mask the smell but nothing worked. She says she is more chilled about it now as she deals with it by educating people now.
It is definitely tough for her when people make comments and complain about her odour but she says, “there is no magic pill that you can take to make it better, I personally take a cocktail of medications”.
“One of the things they [the doctors] turn around and say to you is: “If it smells going in, it’s going to smell going out”. So things like fish and seafood are major triggers.”