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Body Odor/Foot Odor and Depression

I have been looking for a cure for about 5 months for my body and foot odor as well as depression. I will give as much detail as possible:

1. Name: Joe
2. Age: 24
3. Sex: M
4. Married/Unmarried/widow: Unmarried
5. Weight: 210
6. Height: 6 ft, 3 in
7. Country: USA
8. Climate: Cold
9. Family History: No depression
10. Qualification of patient: Some College
11. Nature of working: Student
12. Complexion: Fair
13. Constitution: Medium/Large Build
14. Veg/non veg: Non Veg
15. History of taking Alcohol/Tobacco/coffee/Tea/any drugs addiction: Stopped all caffeine, very occasional alcohol use

16. List of your complain first
a.) Feet smell when shoes are on
b.) Skin smells when sweating occurs
c.) Insomnia, headaches, sinus pressure, lack of energy, short-term memory loss, acne
d.) major depression, tiredness,

17. Since how long you are suffering for each complain
a.) Smelly feet and body odor started about 4 months ago
b.) Insomnia, headaches, sinus pressure, lack of energy, short-term memory loss started 3 months ago
c.) Major depression and tiredness started about 10 years ago

18. Current medicine you are taking for each complain
a.) Have been on lamictal for 18 months for bipolar disorder
b.) Taking Silicea 30C for odor for 2 days
c.) Taking AmbienCR for 1 month

19. Non Diabetic

20. Desire sweets/sour/salt – Desire sweets

21. Thirst –Small quantity/short interval/long interval/large Quantity – always thirsty, drink lots of water

22. Tongue color – pink with occasional spots, swelling and soreness

23. Current BP (without medicine and with medicine)

24. What exactly is happening ?
My biggest problem is the body and foot odor when I go in public. It started when I was sitting in class about 4 months ago. It started as a very strong foot odor. It is a rancid heavy odor that lingers. At the time it happened my feet were very hot and wet. After this happened I tried using foot powder, spray, cream, and drysol, none of which worked for me. So I then started using chlorella, chlorophyll, as well as B complex vitamins, probiotics, zinc, flax oil and a multivitamin about 4 weeks ago as well as soaking my feet in black tea for one week. The smell has become less putrid but feet sill sweat profusely and odor is still noticeable.
The body odor started to be noticeable about 3 weeks after the foot odor. It does not smell like body odor but rather has a distinct smell and comes directly off the skin from all parts of the body. I smell it as soon as I get out of the shower and doesn’t go away. My armpits, hands and forehead sweat when I am in the presence of others or when I am nervous.
Next, the insomnia, headaches, sinus pressure, lack of energy, short-term memory loss, and acne started about a month after the initial foot odor:
Insomnia – for about 2 months I frequently wakes up during the middle of the night with no problem getting to sleep, now I cannot sleep without ambienCR. Also have a difficult time sleeping without masturbating first. I just toss and turn for hours.
Headaches – for about 2 months also, 2 different kinds of headaches, first in the middle front of my head that makes me tired, heavy and forgetful and happens during the middle of the day, next is a throbbing pain in both sides of the head and occurs occasionally.
Sinus pressure – for about 2 months also, when I lay on my back I feel pressure in my right eye region
Lack of energy – also for about 2 months, little interest or ability to do anything except lay down and watch tv. For the last couple of weeks this has gotten better and I have made myself go to the gym and exercise. I dropped out of school for this semester because of the odor and I don’t really do much all day long, which isn’t like me, usually I am active and on the move.
Short-term memory loss – it is very difficult for me to remember or concentrate on anything, very difficult time remembering even the names of my teachers
Major depression – I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 18 months ago and have been on Lamictal for that time and have been managing it well. I thought the foot odor may have been caused by the Lamictal so I stopped taking it about a month ago and have been in a depressive state since. I may restart it if I cannot find a homeopathic medicine that can help me soon. Without the Lamictal I feel hopeless and cannot envision a future.

25. How do you feel ?
Right now, I feel tired, nervous, sweaty, unfulfilled, hopeless, alone, scared to be around others.

26. How does this affect you ?
I keep to myself and rarely leave my house for the last 2 months.

27. How does it feel like ?
I feel alone.

28. What comes to your mind ?
Fear, self-doubt

29. One situation that had a big effect on you ?
Family member became very ill and almost died recently

30. How did that feel like ?

31. What sensation do you experience in that situation ?
32. What are you showing by that gesture of your hand.(habits or Action) ?
33. desire or like and dislike of food
33. Name of foods which increase your problem
34. Body odor ,/sweating/- explained above
35. Under line the right word for you ----
Morose, Quarrelsome, Hasty, Lachrymose, Anxious, Delirious, Groping, Despairing, Sad, Hopeful, Fearful, Restless, Calm, Drowsy, dullness, Anger, Being overwhelmed, Depression and gloom Despair and faithlessness , Despondency from overwork, Domination of others, Doubt or Discouragement, Easy impressionability, Fear and Shyness, Fear for the others welfare, Fear of losing mental balance, Feeling of powerlessness, Guilty and self-blame, Hard master onto oneself with an urge to inspire others, Hopelessness, Immaturity of Mind/Emotions, failure to learn from mistakes impatience, indecision in difference or boredom Intolerance and criticism lack of mental tranquility, lack of motivation and incentive longing for past happiness, nostsliqia, low self-confidence, Mental Fatigue, Mental torture or worry, Mental/emotional and physical weariness, Overcome for welfare of others, Overenthsiasm, Pride or aloofness, Resentment and bitterness, Sadness, greif, shock, Self centered talkativeness, Self-distrust, Shame or feelings of un cleanliness, Terror, jealousy, Weakness too willing , Fear from known thing, fear from unknown thing. Whether you can able to give public speech or not.

Please if you need more information, please ask. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer to me.
  joehe123 on 2009-03-02
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Some more information I forgot:
I have thought about going to a mental hospital because of the problems I have, but decided against it because of the embarrassment it would cause to me and my family. Also, I feel like the front middle of my forehead is pulling me down and making me very tired. I feel like this part is causing my depression and constant lack of energy. I am very conscientious about peoples feelings and I feel like I have been victimized in the past because of this. Please, if you have any ideas, let me know. Thanks.
joehe123 last decade
How would u describe yourself as a person , hard working, lazy , philosophical, or practical
vikas_grower last decade
Please try Sulpher-200 one dose weekly at morning and report after a month.

Mahfoozurrehman last decade
Thanks much dr. I will try and report back in a month.

I would describe myself as a hard working person.

joehe123 last decade
Here's more information:

Hi, I am looking for a homeopathic remedy for the following problems that I have been experiencing over the last 5 months when I started to have a bad sinus infection. All this began when I was having a lot of stress in my life. They all began at around the same time and continue to debilitate me.

Sinus pain & pressure – when I lay down, my right nostril becomes plugged and I have sinus pressure and pain on my right side, during the day, my head feels very heavy and I have a lot of headaches in the front of my head (around sinuses). It is difficult for me to breath through my nose during the night.

Body/foot odor – strong odor when embarrassed, worse with shoes on, feet hot and sweaty/smelly then become cold. Skin smells right after I get out of the shower. Feet get hot/sweaty when walking and cold/sweaty when sitting.

Insomnia – at the early stages, I could fall asleep fine but would wake up suddenly after 4 or 5 hours and be wide awake. Now I am at the point where it is difficult for me to sleep at all.

Umbilical Hernia – around the same time, I noticed an umbilical hernia starting in my bellybutton on the bottom left side.

I have a history of depression in my past and am currently taking Lamictal 200mg. I thought this was causing the odor and stopped for 40 days but there was no change. I have tried powders, creams, tea soakings, drysol and a Juice detox, none of which changed my situation. Also, I am taking vitamins as well as chlorophyll and have noticed little change. Finally, I have tried Silicea 30C 3 X a day for 3 days with no results.

Please, if there is anyone out there that can help, I will be forever grateful.
joehe123 last decade
dr.mahfooz, I have been instructed by another homeopath to not repeat sulphur 200C, but to take one dose and wait one week to see what happens and if necessary to take a higher dose if I react to the first dose. Is this advisable? Many thanks.
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joehe ,

Well u are right that the dose should not be repeated until one has observed what the reaction is to the first dose .Also the dose has to be take in a way u will find iy u read threads of Sameer Vermani on this forum .

Sulphur does cover offensive body discharges .

Please mention are u a kind of person who in general is very particular about your physical apperance , your way of dressing . Are u in general a very ordered person who wants all things to be done in a very systematic way . The reason of asking this is this is the type of person whom Sulphur helps in curing .
vikas_grower last decade
Dear Vikas,
Thank you for your reply. In answering your question:

'Please mention are u a kind of person who in general is very particular about your physical apperance , your way of dressing . Are u in general a very ordered person who wants all things to be done in a very systematic way . The reason of asking this is this is the type of person whom Sulphur helps in curing .'

I am not very particular about my physical appearance or how I dress, I dress so that I do not stand out from the crowd because I do not like attention drawn toward me. As far as the other question, my home is not very orderly or neat but does get cleaned on occasion and in general when I complete tasks, I do like them to be done in a systematic way. Thanks again.
joehe123 last decade
dr.mahfooz and Vikas,

I have spent alot of time doing research on my symptoms and I really believe that Calcarea Carbonica best matches my symptoms and personality. I would like your advice on if I should take Sulphur before Calcarea Carbonica and also on what dosage to take.

My plan is to take Sulphur 200C one time and wait 10 to 15 days to see what happens and then to take Calcarea Carbonica 200C. I have read that it is common to take Sulphur first to see what symptoms are produced and then to take the Calcarea Carbonica. Also, I am on prescription medication, should I take that while I take homeopathic medication? Again, I am so grateful for any and all help you are able to offer me.
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joe,

1)First any homeopathic medicine should be first started generally in 30C potency and reaction observed before moving on to 200C potency .

2) Well regarding Calcarea Carbonica being the medicine that u feel matches your symptons , it is very much possible but it does not cover offensive body odour .

3) A medicine closely related to Sulphur is Psorinum whicg covers the sympton of offensive body odour which does not go even after bathing . However a psorinum has the characteristic that the patient is very sensitive to cold while a sulphur patient does not have that much sensitivy to cold . Are u extremely sensitive to cold .

4) I would say u read about Psorinum also and if u find it ok matching your symptons then try Psorinum first instaed of Sulphur

5) Psorinum also covers depression that u have been suffering .

6) Sulphur person do not really care what others person say or feel but u are a person who is very watchful about others person opinion . A sulphur personality is very selfish .

7) Regarding your prescription medicine , it should generally not be stopped , however u can discontinue for a while ( i hope nothing happens because of that ) and carefully observe your reaction to homeopathic medicine .

8) I would therefore urge u to look/study symptons of Psorinum before u take Sulphur . in any case u can take sulphur after psorinum as they are closely related .

9) Very importantly u must take first 30C potency and medicine has to be taken in the way Mr sameer vermani has prescribed in his threads on this forum .

10) I am also very curious about the stresses in your life that led to depression .
vikas_grower last decade
Dear Joe ,

Please also note quoting from Boericke Materia Medica about Psorinum

'Two hundredth and higher potencies.

Should not be repeated too often.

Psorinum requires something like 9 days before it manifests its action, and even a single dose may elicit other symptoms lasting for weeks (Aegedi).'
vikas_grower last decade
Dear Joe ,

Please also note following observation about Psorinum from Boericke Materia Medica

'Two hundredth and higher potencies.
Should not be repeated too often.
Psorinum requires something like 9 days before it manifests its action, and even a single dose may elicit other symptoms lasting for weeks (Aegedi).'
vikas_grower last decade
Thank you for your replies to this post, they are greatly appreciated. You have convinced me to start with a 30C potency instead of a 200C potency. I am 100% confident that Calc. carb. is my constitution and although it doesn't cover offensive b.o., it does cover sour smelling foot sweats, which is what I believe to be the cause of my odor.

I have also been reading on the anti-psoric trio and I am wondering if I will see any benefits from using sulphur, calc carb and lyco, or if it is unnecessary to use the trio and start with Calc carb 30 as sameer suggests in many of the threads on this site?
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joe ,

The anti psoric trio sequence is to followed only and only if after taking one remedy , the symptons improve and change to the extent that for the new symptons both of the two remaining remedies ( of the trio) are getting indicated in some proportion . In that case the selection of the next remedy ( out of two remedies indicated ) will be based in the favour of the remedy next in sequence
vikas_grower last decade
Hello, I wanted to post an update and seek more advice:

On Friday, March 13, I took Calc Carb 30C by dissolving 2 pills in 250 ml of water and consumed 1 tsp a total of 3 times every half hour.

On Friday, March 13th - Heavy cold continued and worsened overnight, loosening of back during the evening

On Saturday, March 14th – bad sneezing, allergies, burning of soles of the feet, feel a bit better

On Sunday, March 15th – cold an sinus pressure seemed to have improved, only sneezed once, still have headaches but feel better than I have in 4 months, feel like being sociable instead of staying home alone all day, soles of feet burned and sweated all day and weren’t cold at all, slight fever, head seems excessively warm and red, foot odor seemed a bit different but was still a strong odor when shoes were on, time seems to be moving much slower and general anxiety is down, mind feels more rested, still taking sleeping pills but will try to avoid tonight.

The biggest thing I have noticed is that time seems to move much slower than prior to taking the calc carb and I seem to not be as chilled, especially in my feet. I seek advice as to what I should do next and also I can't help but wonder if this odor will go away and how long it may take? Again, I am very thankful for all your advice!
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joehe ,

Please patiently wait for at least 20 days before any further step .

u have not mentioned anything about memeory loss , hernia .

Please also tell something about stresses in your life , any particular reason u can think of for bipolar problem .
vikas_grower last decade
Dear Joehe ,

I think the next course of action can be to wait for say 20 days and then take a dose of Lycopodium 30 to extend the benefits of Calc Carb dose .
vikas_grower last decade
Hi Vikas. Memory has been getting better for the last 6 weeks and isn't a major problem for me now and there has been no change in my hernia. Today I have noticed that I am much warmer than I have been over the last 2 months and I have been sweating more. I feel like I have a slight fever since yesterday afternoon. Is this normal? Also, what are the benefits of taking lyco and should I take calc carb 200 before taking lyco? I very much look forward to your reply. Thanks for all you are doing.
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joehe ,

U have taken Calc Carb on March 13 , please wait till 31 march then we will be in a better position to assess .

The idea behind suggesting Lyco and then sulphur all in 30 C first is that your symptons are spread over all these 3 remedies and by completing the trio we will reinforce the correction of each previously taken remedy .

Once the cycle is completed higher potencies can be tried .

Most important of all great patience is required at each step to allow the remedy to complete its action which sometimes lasts for months together provided of course the remedy selection was ok .
vikas_grower last decade
I apologize for intervening, but we should not be in a hurry to change remedies, (anti-psoric cycle or not) neither should we form pre-conceived notions about the 'next' remedy in a 'trio'. These cycles are just guidelines, but ultimately it is the totality of symptoms which will dictate. Of course, every one will have 'some' symptoms from each of the three cardinal anti-psorics, (these being extremely broad remedies) but that does not mean necessarily that two of them or even one of them is needed in a case. We are trying to find the similimum, and people don't realize just how similar the similimum is , as
when it comes to anti-miasmatics, this is virtually an exact match at all levels.

Also, we should not pigeon hole remedies into stereo types, as when it comes to multi-miasmatic medicines, there are sub-types within each remedy type and statements like

'A sulphur personality is very selfish ' are not at all valid.

Just FYI, Sulphur is listed in italics for anxiety about others, and anxiety about family. So, not every Sulphur is selfish.

Neither is the following true for every case:

'Are u in general a very ordered person who wants all things to be done in a very systematic way . The reason of asking this is this is the type of person whom Sulphur helps in curing '

'However a psorinum has the characteristic that the patient is very sensitive to cold while a sulphur patient does not have that much sensitivy to cold . Are u extremely sensitive to cold . '

You can have a chilly Sulphur patient as well as it is strongly listed under 'lack of vital heat'.

It is very important to recognize 'what is it that needs to be cured' , and although personality profiles and physical keynotes are important to understand the essence of remedies, we should not use just one facet of a multi-miasmatic, broad remedy and then use it to pigeon-hole people into remedies.

sameervermani last decade
Well Sameerji ,

Thanks for intervening and please do not apologise . You are a master and your guidance & remarks & observations are always enlightening.

Your remark is very correct

'We are trying to find the similimum, and people don't realize just how similar the similimum is , as
when it comes to anti-miasmatics, this is virtually an exact match at all levels'

Actually in this case the sympton of offensive body odour and foot odour comes out strongly , hence the resort was made to the medicines as stated in this thread .

At the moment no other remedy is prescribed , Joehe has been asked to wait till end of march before moving on .
vikas_grower last decade
Hello again, I just want to give a quick update on my progress since taking Calc carb 30C. I have been extremely pleased with the results and started feeling very good a couple of days after taking the remedy. Overall, anxiety, depression and foot sweating and odor have been greatly diminished, however, since Saturday afternoon, I feel like the remedy is starting to wear off because I have had these symptoms started to creep back in. I plan to wait about another week and then take Calc carb 200C. I would appreciate any advice I can get. Also, I am very thankful that this forum is here as it has been a lifesaver for me and I will be forever thankful for all of you that have responded.
joehe123 last decade
You are on the right track.
sameervermani last decade
Today I really started to feel like the remedy is wearing off and I am wondering how long I have to wait before taking the 200C dose?
joehe123 last decade
Dear Joehe ,

Please wait for another week ,as then all the symptons will have to be relisted as to what is their intensity with respect to before taking the remedy .

Also a note would have to be made if any new things have developed .

It is still too soon to repeat the remedy even if the good effects are wearing off . The text books say that calc action lasts for 60 days ,hence at least 20 to 25 should be given .

I wonder Sammerji , is psorinum required before moving to calc carb 200.
vikas_grower last decade

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