What is that weird smell?

  1. 0
    We have a patient in a long term setting. The patient is very clean, edges on neuotic he is so clean and everything has it's proper place,and the labels are turned just so. No Mess, not fility. Yet he smells really weird. We keep the door closed, because if you open it, the smell wafts out and nearly takes you out. I was wondering if it could be due to a fungus. Have you ever seen this before, and is there help for this man?
  2. 30 Comments so far...

  3. 1
    That's not a lot of information, but me first thought was cancer.We would have pts that had a distinct odor and they had cancer.Could be his meds.Could be his diet.Could be disease?Just not enough info to guess.
    Esme12 likes this.
  4. 5
    could he be hoarding items. I had a "clean" ocd resident that would hide/ hoard food. Of course it was neat, but rotting.

    Have you done labs on this person? What type of smell?
    leslie :-D, itsmejuli, nursel56, and 2 others like this.
  5. 0
    C diff?
  6. 2
    Well, he might be doing some odd things to himself... usually there is a lot more "strangeness" that they do when nobody is around.
    MomRN0913 and SHGR like this.
  7. 0
    Hoarding food maybe? I had a patient one time who would pour her milk in her potted plants where the milk then soured and smelled up the whole room.
    What is he eating something he is eating can make you have an odor?
    What is his skin like?
  8. 0
    What is his Bun and Creatnine?
  9. 0
    my gram had a friend that was meticulously clean but had the absolute worst BO in the world...she bathed etc but she just had an odor that could clear a building...

    she passed away when I was a teenager but when Mary came over my bedroom door was shut tight and I went out with friends!
  10. 2
    liver disease? elevated ammonia? uremia fetor? Now we're all curious.....what's it smell like???
    Esme12 and Guttercat like this.
  11. 1
    Aside from the usuasl suspects... the bells are going off in my head trying to recall some (genetic, I think) malady that causes horrendous BO no matter how clean the person is. Has something to do with a metabolic disorder or inability to break down a certain chemical.

    If I recall correctly, the only antidote is a change in some part of the diet and even then it is difficult to manage.


    Grrrrr. Off to google...
    Esme12 likes this.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top