Ammonia and the body

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Avatar m tn Nitrogen compounds from the protein that is eaten enter the enter the colon and are degraded by the bacteria we have in our digestive systems. This frees up the ammonia. It is then absorbed and transported to the liver via the portal vein. When a liver is healthy, it rapidly and efficiently takes the ammonia from the blood stream and converts it to glutamine which can then go to the kidneys and turn into urea to be excreted.
Avatar f tn For the last year and a half I have been experiencing a strong ammonia body odor to a weird meat odor. I am a 31 year old male that works out 4x per week. I've read post where some ppl experience this same issue when they are working out, however this issue is constantly surrounding me. I eat a well balanced diet with a lot of vegetables, carbs, and lean meat. I've been to several doctors and had numerous of test completed in the last year and a half and they all seem to have no answers.
Avatar n tn He has been in and out of the hospital for the fluid filling up in his stomach and they have to drain it. He has been back and forth to the hospital because his ammonia levels get high and he gets very disoriented. He is on Cobra now because he has to be on SS disability for 2 years before he gets medicaid. But we're afraid that he's reached is max on his insurance now and people are telling us if he does there's no way they'll do a transplant if you don't have insurance? Is that true?
Avatar m tn I now use an aluminum free, arm and hammer essentials, and I no longer have the ammonia smell. I am amazed at the difference and wish someone would have suggested this years ago. My undershirts are no longer pitted and yellow. Try it. I hope it helps.
Avatar n tn He also takes lactulose to keep the ammonia levels down. My question is....he smells. It is the ammonia leaching from his body. We recently changed deodorants because they were turning his underarms black. Is there anything we can do to help decrease the smell? Natural laundry soap for clothing and bedding? Please help, we love him very much, but the smell is just horrible.
Avatar f tn Occassionally when having a bowel movement, I notice a very strong odor of ammonia. It reminds me of the odor at the camp outhouses. I haven't been able to figure any similarities between instances (recent eating habits, activities, etc.). We eat a round diet of meat, veggies and fruits. My bowel movements for the most part are good in regularity and consistency. The only medical condition I've had lately was with high blood pressure.
Avatar f tn Lactulose is the standard treatment, it binds to the ammonia in the body and makes it pass through the intestines. But if that doesn't work, there are antibiotics that can be used. Rifaximin is considered the best (and unfortunately, most expensive) one. It kills the bacteria that produce the ammonia. Other antibiotics that are sometimes used are neomycin and paramomycin. So, if anyone else has a loved one who is not being helped by Lactulose, ask a doctor about these antibiotics.
Avatar n tn He's in the hospital now, and they found his ammonia levels at 200. It comes and goes, but it seems that when he is the best is when he takes lactulose, and hopefully they'll raise his dose of it, because it just seems to be getting worse. The drug however, seems to really help him, ask the doctors about it.
Avatar n tn Hi, I have had cultures performed from my GYN doctor (which ALL cameback normal),drink water, shower, use Summer's Eve Vaginal Wash, ****** once a month- even though I did not do it before becuase when I was younger they would give me yeast infections- I have had for the past 6 months AMMONIA SMELLING odor which is VERY concerning to me- I DO NOT feel comfortable and it is affecting my self-esteem! I know it sounds crazy but I feel as though as I am running out of options?
Avatar m tn I know all the other stuff are symptoms, but I havn't been able to find anything about this ammonia body odor. Is this something that occurs or what are the causes of this? I've read it can be a sign of liver or kidney damage. Has anyone experienced this with the onset of HIV? I'm waiting a little while longer to get tested for HIV. For one, because I want to get better insurance before I do.
Avatar m tn An ammonia test measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines. The liver normally converts ammonia into urea, which is then eliminated in urine. Ammonia levels in the blood rise when the liver is not able to convert ammonia to urea. This may be caused by cirrhosis or severe hepatitis. Since you are on this forum I assume you have hep c? Are you experiencing the effects of toxic buildup in your blood?
Avatar n tn Or I would be able to tell him, I had hepC and that I choose the proper procedure and medicines to treat and it is out of my system. I am now and have had for a while feeling that this isn't right of me not to be honest and up front with my son. It really breaks my heart and makes me have second thoughts that when he does know that this will possibly and probably be the very first thing that he thinks of, as he starts off his day; worrying constantly about Mom.
30678 tn?1217992847 Lactulose is a synthetic sugar used to treat constipation. It is broken down in the colon into products that pull water out from the body and into the colon. This water softens stools. Lactulose is also used to reduce the amount of ammonia in the blood of patients with liver disease. It works by drawing ammonia from the blood into the colon where it is removed from the body. I don't know much about this, but I know people with cirrhosis take it. Hope this helps...
Avatar m tn It turns it into glutamine and urea. Then the urea travels to the kidneys and is eliminated in your urine. Ammonia will build up if the liver is too damaged to get rid of urea. This can sometimes happen if you have advanced liver disease. Too much ammonia in your body can cause psychological problems like confusion, tiredness, and possibly coma or death. In a cirrhotic patient it can cause the complications of hepatic encephalopathy (HE).
Avatar f tn Hello and hope you are doing well. The ammonia smell in urine as described by you, sometimes occurs in kidney diseases, when it is described as fishy smell. If the liver is decompromised it cannot metabolize the waste products hence there is an elevation of blood ammonia levels resulting in increased excretion in the urine. Also, increased levels of ammonia may also be seen with gastrointestinal bleeding, where the blood cells are haemolysed in the intestines, releasing protein.
Avatar f tn He won't return to the doctor since being diagnosed over 2 years ago. He drinks 2 ltrs of wine a day. He has a terrible body odor of ammonia and the bathroom has a constant ammonia odor I find terribly offensive. I feel I need to clean it all the time. I think I started this post just to ask if he would excrete ammonia in his urine if his levels were high; it's beginning to appear to me that this is the case. Any idea if this is an early or later sign of the progression of this disease?
Avatar n tn Other metabolic waste products such as glycosylated wastes (protein wastes) and byproducts of abnormal cell oxidation may also be the cause of the ammonia odor. If the problem is from kidneys, dialysis is usually ordered. If the problem is from too much protein consumption, generally reducing the amount of protein will relieve the problem. It is common in vegetarians who go on the Adkins diet.
Avatar n tn In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to metabolize the ammonia and convert it to urea so the ammonia builds up the in body producing and travels to the person's brain with psychological and other effects. If you have advanced liver disease you blood levels for bilirubin, creatinine, and INR should be abnormal. Did your doctor perform a "liver panel"? "Muscle aches and arthritic type pain" are not symptoms of ammonia buildup by the way.
Avatar n tn If you have higher values than normal, then the body is not effectively metabolizing and eliminating ammonia. High levels of blood ammonia are caused by liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis, Reye's syndrome, heart failure or kidney failure and severe bleeding from the stomach or intestines. Smoking, food, drinks or muscular exertion up to 8 hours before the ammonia blood test can affect its value. Also tight tourniquet can increase ammonia levels in the blood sample collected.
Avatar f tn This smell is not coming from outside my body, but internally. It's almost like the alcohol smell that goes up the back of your nose when you drink a shot of liquor. I have had this all my life and just sort of assumed it was the same for everybody, but apparently other people don't have the same thing. What could be causing it?
1472764 tn?1287591786 Dont worry the amonia smell is normal, welcome to pregnancy. i know its normal as i had it and had it the other day and i went to my gp and he said its pregnancy and its good nothing to worry about as i thought i had a uti or something but i was all clear. i should have known after this being my 7th baby but every pregnancy is different.
Avatar n tn The ER did a CT of the brain and it was OK. They admitted her. The hospital did bloodwork. As ususal the liver enzymes were elevated. Saturday morning they indicated her ammonia level was at 187 and her platelets were 50,000. They did a CT on the abdoman and the only thing he said he saw was a large kidney stone. She had a kidney infection. They gave her lactulose. This is Sunday and she has not totally come out of this spell.
Avatar n tn Hep C causes high enzyme levels, a low white blood cell count, and high ammonia levels in the blood. Eating a lot of sodium can also cause elevated ammonia levels in the blood.
Avatar f tn The interpretation of migraines as the cause of the tiny lesions on MRI are only suggestive and are not absolute. The lesions are probably non-specific and could have been caused by other conditions. Hope this answers your query.
5611452 tn?1370974704 Shelley, the lactulose is really essential for managing your digestive tract and minimizing the build up of ammonia and other toxins. The higher the ammonia level, the more severe the HE, and the more severe the HE, the more difficult it will be for you and your liver doc to manage your liver disease. You have to control the HE, so that you can manage your meds, your diet, and other aspects of your liver care. Please don't skip your lactulose.
Avatar m tn In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to metabolize the ammonia and convert it to urea so the ammonia builds up the in body producing and travels to the person's brain with psychological and other effects.
Avatar n tn Why I ask is After i workout I noticed this smell as well at first I thought UTI went to doc no UTI, so with some reseach I found out that when I sweat and we all know how we can sweat especially when wkingout. with the sweat and the use of bleach added together was given a strong smell of ammonia. I am not saying that is what it is. That was my experience...I would suggest that you get checked out. and if you don't have a UTI congrats.
Avatar n tn Also for the last 2 years I continue to retain massive amounts of water Here's the wierd part, the left side of my body gets huge from water but the right side gets huge from my liver disstending,I still get water weight on the right also. My left ankle goes from a 7 1/2 in. to a 15 in.monstrosity. I have had 4 tx's for hepc with no positve results. The last one was pegesus. I aam in pain always and I feel as if the docs don't know any more than my 9 yr old does.
Avatar m tn Thus we do not limit protein unless the encephalopathy is brittle and refractory to medicsl therapy. We dont overfeed either however and recommend the use of nutritional supplements such as Ensure. 1.2-1.
Avatar f tn I had kidney failure and smelt very strongly of ammonia all the time. I had to be told as I could barely smell anything as my sense of smell was very poor (one of the numerous symptoms I had of kidney failure). I found this info from a forum with the question: sweat smells like ammonia? not enough water and fat?... "the ammonia smell is from protein burning... acetone is from fat burning... *sigh* can you really tell the difference on clothes after exercising... in either case...