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Long time; years I have suffered from a fishy urine

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Hi - for a long time; years I have suffered from a fishy urine smell from my penis. Firstly my gp prescribed anti fungal creams which weren't that effective, so eventually I had a circumcision - about 2 years ago. This didnt solve the problem either and since then I have had antibiotics, antifungals etc from my gp which sometimes work temporarily but the problem soon comes back. I've been to GUM clinics many times and and I always test clear for all STI's. My penis looks healthy and it doesn't leak; there isn't any discharge. This is a huge problem as the smell is really noticeable; it effects my social life and I have recently started a new job so it is just so undermining and embarrassing. It isn't imagined; I have discussed it with friends and family who are all concerned about it too. It doesn't seem that any doctor can either explain it or offer a solution and it seems to be something I just have to try and live with. I am totally at the end of my tether with it and I can't carry on. Please help.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Urology
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I am about to leave the computer and wanted to post a comment before doing so.

The most common cause of a bad odour would be an infection, but it appears that you have had several evaluations for infection as well as treatment for common infections. Since this has not been effective, another condition to consider would be a metabolic condition that can lead to a fishy odour, called trimethylaminuria. This is a rare condition, but when it does occur, a fishy odour is the common complaint.

The evaluation for this would be a urine test, and you can discuss this with your doctor on your next visit.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.