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Rare disease causes woman to smell of fish and rotten eggs

By Mason White 12:11 PM April 8, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A rare disease is causing a woman to smell of fish and rotten eggs, doctors in the United Kingdom said.

Ellie James complains of constantly receiving soaps, body sprays and perfumes as gifts.

She knew that she was given the gifts as a hint. James said that she has endured humiliation for 14 years because she suffers from a rare medical disorder that makes her smell of fish. She sometimes also smells of rotten eggs.

James, 44, courageously reveals how she is just one of a handful of British citizens suffering with TMAU. The disease, also known as fish odor syndrome, has had a devastating impact on her life.

Bullies have nicknamed her Smelly Ellie. James sometimes takes baths five times a day. 14 years ago, when the smell first began, she thought that her cat is causing the stench.

However, eventually she realized that she was smelling after people began looking at her while holding their noses. She also saw people whispering about her in the office where she worked.

So far, there is no cure for this disease. James also reported that she found love with her boyfriend Dan Molston, 50.