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Smelling a foul odour in my my nasal passages

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I have been smelling a foul odor that appears to be coming from my nasal passage. Sometimes I smell it when just sitting, but  always when I bend over. This has been going on for approximately 4 months. I haven’t been sick in that time and I’m not showing any other signs of a sinus infection. What could this be a sign of?

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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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1 Answer

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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!