1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Kate P

    Kate P Registered User

    Jul 6, 2007
    565
    Merseyside
    As part of mum's FTD she has developed a real sweet tooth and is scoffing chocolates and sweets at an alarming rate.

    Other than the weight gain I'm slightly concerned about how this diet is affecting her health because to be honest her breath smells terrible. I've asked dad about whether she's cleaning her teeth (as it seemed the most obvious answer) but he's certain that she is.

    It's a strange smell - not dirty teeth smell - but it's really very strong and unpleasant.

    Could her diet be causing this? Has anyone else experienced this?
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,596
    Kent
    Dear Kate.

    Do you think it might be a poorly digested food smell?

    Love xx
     
  3. Mameeskye

    Mameeskye Registered User

    Aug 9, 2007
    1,669
    NZ
    Kate

    Does it smell like nail varnish remover? If so get her to the docs as she may have developed type 11 diabetes.

    If not it can be a gastro-intestinal disturbance, cold or poor teeth-cleaning but it might be worth getting her checked out. I know my Mum has developed a really sweet tooth as the disease progressed.

    Mameeskye
     
  4. Sandy

    Sandy Registered User

    Mar 23, 2005
    6,847
    Hi Kate,

    This is a bit of a long shot but when diabetics have prolonged periods of very high blood sugar they can develop a condition called Ketoacidosis. It can cause the breath to smell like pear drops or nail varnish.

    There is a facts sheet on the Diabetes UK web site:

    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Complications/Short_term_complications/Diabetic_Ketoacidosis/

    Even if your mother is not a diabetic, perhaps it is possible that her unusual eating habits have resulted in very high blood sugars.

    I would try and raise it with the GP.

    Take care,

    Sandy
     
  5. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,112
    Toronto, Canada
    My mother's breath is very foul and it's down to being unable to clean her own teeth and not letting anyone do it. Of course, she is at the very advanced stage of AD.

    It could be she's not cleaning her teeth properly but as others have said, it could also be diabetes so it's important to check it out.
     
  6. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,439
    Are her lungs OK? It was a truly foul odour emanating from DH's lungs that made me force him to the doctor, with unhappy results. Lung abscess will produce this odor, particualrly when food has been aspirated.
     
  7. Kate P

    Kate P Registered User

    Jul 6, 2007
    565
    Merseyside
    Thanks everyone - I'll try and get dad to haul mum to the GP to get checked out.
     

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