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Experiencing odd smells

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I am periodically smelling/tasting a foul odor that appears to be coming from my nasal passages. Sometimes I smell it when just sitting around. I ALWAYS smell it when I bend over. Of course, I am concerned and I hoped that someone could offer some guidance in rectifying this matter. This has been going on for around 6 months. I haven’t been sick (cold/flu) in that time and I’m not showing any other signs of a sinus infection. Any assistance that you may offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Believe it or not, smelling of things only you can smell is quite common. Well, common enough to get a technical term. Phantosmia, or phantom smells is just that – an odour with no external source to speak of. It’s like a hallucination, but for your nose.

Generally Phantosmia hits you when something’s going on in your brain. It can be a warning for a serious issue or a symptom for something as common as a migraine. You shouldn’t be too hasty in thinking smells haunting you are phantom smells though. In many cases there are real, if elusive causes.

You can find more information about this condition in this article.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Believe it or not, smelling of things only you can smell is quite common. Well, common enough to get a technical term. Phantosmia, or phantom smells is just that – an odour with no external source to speak of. It’s like a hallucination, but for your nose.

Generally Phantosmia hits you when something’s going on in your brain. It can be a warning for a serious issue or a symptom for something as common as a migraine. You shouldn’t be too hasty in thinking smells haunting you are phantom smells though. In many cases there are real, if elusive causes.

You can find more information about this condition in this article.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!