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My Mom is having this constant dirt smell and she is not even remotely anywhere near dirt. She is smelling dirt anywhere she goes. In addition to this, she is having a hard time breathing. Can someone please help us figure out why she is having these issues? Could these symptoms be an indication of something serious? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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replied July 31st, 2010
Sinusitis Answer A14828
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Breathing troubles with foul smell can happen in some pulmonary disorders like Bronchiectasis, lung abscess, empyema which are also associated with expectoration of foul smell. Naturally, your mother condition requires a thorough work up by a general practitioner who can refer her to the opinion of pulmonologist or ENT doctor if necessary. ENT and oropharyngeal conditions like dental caries, Chronic sinuitis with abscess can also cause foul smell. Diabetics especially those in ketoacidosis with infection can also emanate some kind of unpleasant odor from their bodies. Please consult your doctor for the examination and advice. Thank you.

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