Smelly Co-Worker - page 4

What would you all do about a co-worker with an odor problem? This gal LOOKS clean but she smells BAD. The beginning of the shift is fine, the middle of the shift and things get bad. I see her... Read More

  1. by   Bipley
    Quote from kiyatylese
    What else could cause such a bad smell from that area? I have never heard of such a bad case.
    Some women are very acidic. They actually grow too much good bacteria. If you look at the bacteria under a microscope the "good" bacteria are bent and broken. If you change the pH of the vagina to a more alkaline state the good bacteria die off and the problem goes away. Or, sometimes then bad bacteria take over. It is quite similar to the overuse of abxs. The problem is pretty much the same. Obtaining a normal flora is difficult at best.

    There are actually BV specialists and this is something that is currently under study. It's a tough thing to treat. Typical meds like MetroGel just don't do it, they actually make it worse.

    I am only going by a previous patient that experienced the same thing. I say "same thing" because the odor is EXACTLY the same. I did mega research when I took care of this gal and I obtained quite the education. But how do you tell someone you think their vagina stinks to high heaven? I keep bringing this patient up and the dx + the cure but she is oblivous to the discussion.

    This can't be healthy, this just has to have more problems associated with it than what is common sense. Such as PID or something similar.
  2. by   nurse4theplanet
    perhaps since she is sooo cleanly and rushes to cover up, using all kinds of spray/cleansers that she is aggrivating the problem and needs further education.
  3. by   nurse4theplanet
    :Melody: smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    WHAT are they feeding you

    smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    IT's not your fault!:Melody:


    bawahhhahahahahahaha...I couldn't help myself. It's so late and I am feeling silly.

    I do feel sad for this poor woman!
  4. by   Bipley
    Quote from LeahJet
    trichomonis (sp) or bacterial vaginosis

    trust me, when you work in the ER and are assigned to the Pelvic Palace.... ew. There have been cases where the room needed to be "aired out" after a good case of trich. I have to go to the BR and wash the inside of my nose to get the smell out.

    Flagyl, baby.
    I really do know the stench you refer to, but this isn't it. It's WORSE! It's just different. Instead of a fishy odor it is a dead rotting fishy odor. Like a tuna that washed up on the banks and you discovered it a week later in 90(F) humid temps. Geez, I feel like Hawkeye on MASH describing his food!

    Had a patient in an MD office years ago that we couldn't schedule until the last patient of the day just due to the odor. No matter how many Rx's we gave her... either it didn't work or she didn't use it.

    Of course, she also worked with MR kids and ran around after them eating cookie crumbs that fell on the floor.

    She wasn't playing with a full deck... you know????
  5. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    thanks. You are a true friend:chuckle !
    You stinky thing you!!!

    I actually have two email accounts but I am afraid to register because of all the darn junk email!
    YAHOO!!!

    You can use it if you wish, iFelliCantGetUp@yahoo.com. I use it anytime I know I'm going to get slammed with garbage email. Monthly I go and delete everything.

    BUT... you have to share the email and tell us how you were told you stink!
  6. by   LeahJet
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    :melody: smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    what are they feeding you

    smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    it's not your fault!:melody:


    bawahhhahahahahahaha...i couldn't help myself. it's so late and i am feeling silly.

    i do feel sad for this poor woman!
    [font=courier new]~~~~laughing~~~~
    [font=courier new]
    [font=courier new] you so crazy.
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Bipley
    You stinky thing you!!!



    YAHOO!!!

    You can use it if you wish, iFelliCantGetUp@yahoo.com. I use it anytime I know I'm going to get slammed with garbage email. Monthly I go and delete everything.

    BUT... you have to share the email and tell us how you were told you stink!
    allright... I am going to try it with yours and my yahoo address. then if it has a link I'll post it here...be back in a few
  8. by   LeahJet
    Quote from Bipley
    I really do know the stench you refer to, but this isn't it. It's WORSE!

    wow.
    bless your heart.
    and hers.
  9. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    perhaps since she is sooo cleanly and rushes to cover up, using all kinds of spray/cleansers that she is aggrivating the problem and needs further education.
    Could well be.

    You know, my problem is that I lack tact. I can have all the right intentions and seriously want to say and do the right things but I sound farr different from my intent. That is why I came here. I need specific words. Exactly, what do I say and how do I say it?
  10. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    :Melody: smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    WHAT are they feeding you

    smelly nurse
    smeeelllly nurse
    IT's not your fault!:Melody:


    bawahhhahahahahahaha...I couldn't help myself. It's so late and I am feeling silly.

    I do feel sad for this poor woman!
    As in ... smelly cat??? BWAHAHAHAHA

    Yeah, all kidding aside I can't imagine what this gal is going through just simply going to work. I feel very bad for her.
  11. by   Bipley
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    allright... I am going to try it with yours and my yahoo address. then if it has a link I'll post it here...be back in a few
    Waiting waiting waiting......................
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Bipley
    Could well be.

    You know, my problem is that I lack tact. I can have all the right intentions and seriously want to say and do the right things but I sound farr different from my intent. That is why I came here. I need specific words. Exactly, what do I say and how do I say it?
    If she is running to the restroom with a container of Mtichum and carries FDS feminine odor spray around in her purse, then in all likelihood she definitely knows she possesses offensive body odor. If you were to confront her about it, it would only alert her that she's not doing enough to eradicate (or cover up) the odor.

    Even though she is a sweet person, there's something wrong with her. As a nurse, she should know better than to cover any odor up. The ultimate goal is to eradicate any unusual odors, and to seek medical attention if the B.O. is persistent in returning.
  13. by   Bipley
    Quote from LeahJet
    wow.
    bless your heart.
    and hers.
    Thank you. You do understand.

    This woman is NOT a dirty person. Her hair is clean, she smells fine at the beginning of a shift. There is something wrong and it isn't due to a lack of showering. Something is WRONG.

    I think her overall personality is why she hasn't had complaints from staff and patients. But that doesn't mean SHE isn't suffering. I have no idea if her problem causes physical pain, but obviously it MUST cause emotional pain.

    I just wish I had a magical cure for her.

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