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I have been plagued by worries over the last five years or so that i smell. I don't know why i think i smell, i wash at least once a day and always use deodorant, i don't sweat allot,and have never been told that i smell.
yet every time i am in a closed public place, eg a bus or a shopping line i start thinking that i smell. also i even start thinking that that i can hear them talking about this terrible affliction.
i have asked all my family members if i smell, and they just think i'm crazy(and so do i) but as soon as i get on a bus i can't help it, the thoughts return to my smell.
as you can probably tell by my writing i don't think i smell at this moment in time, but that will not stop me thinking it tonight at the pub.
please give any advice you can.
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Why do you think you smell? The answer is in your own head, find the answer and act upon it.
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Surprisingly enough, I got 1.5 million returns when I Googled the phrase "paranoid that i smell."
I didn't check them all (sorry), but I didn't see anything very helpful.
It seems unlikely that you actually do smell. If your family is anything like mine, it's guaranteed they would tell you.
How are your sinuses? Perhaps you just have a chronic infection (sinusitis), and that's what you are sensing.
Of course, that wouldn't explain why you think you hear people talking about you. You know, rationally, that's not happening, right? A professional's opinion may be useful for you.
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Most likely paranoia. I sometimes think I can hear people saying things about me, depending on what I'm feeling particularly self conscious about at that moment.
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its funny because im always talkin about somebody. but trust me if you smell, you SMELL and someone will tell you. you probably smelled funky once out in public and since then have this obession with thinking the same thing is happening all over again. just always assume you smell good.
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It's just a bit of paranoia. Think about what's logical rather than what you feel emotionally, and act upon that. At first it may seem difficult, but you'll soon get used to it and feel normal.
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@: Malfoy
I am the same way to be honest. I have nothing wrong with me, I feel like everyone thinks I smell. Like everytime someone coughs or rubs there nose I assume its me. I went to the doctor and he said I was paranoid, although Im convinced that I do. Seriously. I even asked a good friend but im just assuming that hes lying. I dont know I get what you mean though.
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maybe u don't u just think that! u are not parnoied ur sensitive about what ppl think
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Everybody smells. The problem is if we smell worse than usual or have a particularly strong scent. Even then, usually people around you get used to your smell.

Shower once a day before you go out anywhere and you should be alright. Use antiperspirant to thwart the cause of your worst smells.

Drink lots of water. If your body is dehydrated you may smell worse.
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ya, cause sometimes it comes from inside of ur stomach and it can get out ur body but water helps!
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OCD maybe
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I always think I have bad breath. But my husband would tell me. He a dentist and he's not polite.
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If you have no sense of smell then it would make sense. If you have a good sense of smell then you will know if you smell. Otherwise, you don't. I've had my brain tell me things that I knew weren't true, I just learned to ignore them. It was pretty hard but I learned to do it.
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I am quite like that, the difference is that i take stimulants to treat narcolepsy... this made paranoia a lot worse. Luckily for me, my dad is a psychologist, so when i finally revealed what i thought was wrong with me, he told me i most likely had developed paranoia. Even without the meds, paranoia can cause auditory hallucinations, so if i hear some low volume conversation, i assume they became quiet because i was there and they were talking about me-- i would notice words like the "that" and sounds like S's and St's and i would assume that they said "that guy--", "he Smells" or "he stinks". When i thin back to these experiences, i realize that i only heas "-- S---S", "THAT---" or "-- ST----". i am still regularly paranoid but it slowly tones down if u allow urself to accept that fact. there are times when u do hear stuff like EWW, or GROSS, but girls say that a lot, guys talk about that stuff a lot, so dont worry about it. i hope this is helpful-- the only place i feel really safe and normal is at home and not sucks, i want my paranoia to go away, but it takes lots of time even if u do it right... not sure how long ago u posted this... if its gone already, awesome, if not, we're in the same boat :P
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i think it well be gone if u force it too! THIS SOLUTION IS CONFIDENCE!
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If what tour saying is true, then...I'd be willing to bet you don't stink....not that bad any way. You'd definitely know it if you did, I think. I can smell myself when I stink. I'm a diesel mech. and work outside most days. I usu. smell like diesel/exhaust/oil, or just plain B.O. I can't stand how I stink. Most girls seem to like it though. (why would they lie about something as weird as that?) hey! I found a ? To post! Cool.... Oh, any way, here's a tip: most of your sweat-glands are concentrated around your feet, groin, & armpits. If your wondering, just point yer sniffer south(pits, that is). Never fails. Trust me. Not big deal though. Everybody smells. Nature. Just keep bathing.
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look, i am fimlier to this and it is ok to fell this but if u don't stop soon it can hurt u!!! BE CONFIDENT SHOWER 2 TIMES A DAY LAUNDERY AND VERY IMPORTANT HAVE CONFIDENCE CAUSE WHEN U THINK ABOUT IT IT WELL GET WORSE!!! GOOD LUCK!
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i have the same thoughts when i am out in public sometimes 2 but i shower and bathe before i go out an when i come in Also just try not 2 think about it or ask a doctor.
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I've been on a bus with you and you do smell. Just teasing! Busses in general smell bad so stop worrying. One time I had to fart at the super market so I went to the bean aisle to do it the I realized that canned beans don't cover fart smell. It was embarrassing.
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i go through the same thing, all day everyday i worry about it. unless you give up on the idea of it, it stresses u out and causes anxiety and the social phobia. say to yourself. i am not a walking smell. i am a human. a person that is competent of looking after themselves hygenically in every way possible and hold your head up high. Sure we get nervous and sweaty, but it is all a normal human function, and wer all built to function the same. we need to look after ourselves with what we eat also, level of activity and so on. if we are inactive we store a lot of negative energy and with it bad food, we pile on weight and lose confidence. Also thoughts come with it, and we teach ourselves to become sensitive. Train, exercise, reach new achievements and build confidence in yourselves and we will over come everything!!!! believe in yourselfe and dont put your self down . Stand tall with your head up. Noone has the right to keep you down. our time on earth is short and we must live through it focusing on what is important, health, family and waking up with joy every morning knowing we are alive and able to live another day... love you all we are as one...
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