depressed because i always think i smell bad Please help

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I know it is a long story but please help !

i always think people think i smell bad it started about 2 months ago when i sat next to a girl and she started wiping her nose a lot like every 3 seconds and then she started talking with other people in the class and i overheard : 'does he always have this' so i started feeling really weird but i thought maybe it was something else, a few minutes after class i walked to the toilet to spray some deodorant on. After school i wen't home and then people in the bus started sniffing and looked around and in thought maybe they smelled me. When i wen't home i took a shower but the days after that it became worse people said it smelled when i was around now a days i get weird faces on school and in the bus but i shower 2 times a day and brush my teeth a lot aswell

when i was 12-16 i got bullied because people said i smelled bad but back then i did i took 1 shower a week but i am Hi i have a question, i always think people think i smell bad it started about 2 months ago when i sat next to a girl and she started wiping her nose a lot like every 3 seconds and then she started talking with other people in the class and i overheard : 'does he always have this' so i started feeling really weird but i thought maybe it was something else, a few minutes after class i walked to the toilet to spray some deodorant on. After school i wen't home and then people in the bus started sniffing and looked around and in thought maybe they smelled me. When i wen't home i took a shower but the days after that it became worse people said it smelled when i was around now a days i get weird faces on school and in the bus but i shower 2 times a day and brush my teeth a lot aswell

i tried changing my deodorant but that didn't help, btw maybe it isn't related but when i shower my armpits get sticky

I am getting really depressed and am starting to avoid other people

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    Oh you poor thing. This might be your imagination or there might be something making you smell. There are some medical conditions that cause people to smell badly. They are treatable. Can you make an appointment to see your GP?
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    I kind of went through the same thing when I was a teenager. Deoderants broke me out pretty badly so I had to use a milder deorderant. Overtime things got better.

    One thing I did do was use a powder; like baby powder after a shower or bath. There are powders you can buy to use on your body after taking a bath or shower. 

    Just keep in mind, you'll get through this. Don't think too much about it.

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    I posted a reply but it's not here. Apologies if I am repeating myself.

    What is your diet? Any onions, garlic, curry, or fried foods? These tend to stay on a person's clothes after just a few minutes of being in that environment while cooking or if the cooking fumes permeate a home. Consuming garlic, as many people do because it's a staple in many cultures, tends to permeate from the skin and breath for a couple days after, depending on how much is eaten.

    Any exercise or sweating?

    Are clothes left in your wash machine awhile before drying them?

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      Thanks for the help !

      I think i am being paranoid because my parents said they didn't smell anything weird i think i might smelled bad that day and after that i just look a lot at people's reactions and got paranoid

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    I have OCD mate and I'm drawing parallels. It sounds like some form of obsession. Don't be worried about that. I base this on the fact that there is very little evidence to ground your theory. See your GP, hhave them read exactly what you've just written and voice your concerns. I recommend seeing a mental health professional. Preferably someone who specialises in OCD.
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    Thanks all of you !!
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    Hi, sorry to hear bout your issues but I'll keep this brief and hopefully helpful. Obviously you've tackled the initial problem which is personal hygiene. If you're feeling low it can be all too easy to let yourself go (very common).

    HOWEVER.... I actually work in healthcare and there are a number of people that share your problem. It's hugely important to realise that you don't need to suffer and with a trip to the GP (who has heard it all before) you can sort out the problem quickly and get on with your life.

    Also, don't forget, kids are cruel. You could be smelling of roses and they'll still try and get a rise out of you (don't rise to it!). Please go and see your GP first though, before you know it you'll have answers and wonder why you suffered for so long.

    Good Luck and Keep us posted

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    Try discussing things with your dr. As evergreen said there are medial conditions that can cause people to smell badly, sent you a link on pm, Nick.
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    I just wanted to say that whilst you may just be imagining all this, it may be that you do have a problem. Your parents are unlikely to tell you the truth about this because it is a very difficult thing to tackle. One of my sons has huge tonsils and sometimes he smells awful. When he was young I took him to the doctors and they said it would be too dangerous to remove them. Now he is in uni and sometimes he smells fine, other times he smells awful. I don't tell him because the operation would be dangerous for him and it IS improving. The times he smells badly are becoming less frequent. But I am really torn. He has had a very dangerous operation to his chest and I don't want to risk another dangerous operation. I do think though, next time I notice it I am going to tell him. I am sure it would put off a lot of girls and he is such a lovely young man. It is just such a hard thing to broach.
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