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Smelling exhaust when there is none.

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I have been smelling exhaust fumes where none exist for about 2 weeks now. I can be in the shower or laying in bed and the smell won’t go away, it smells like I’m in an enclosed garage with a gas powered vehicle running. Is this common? I have never had any allergies.

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Besides possibly being a purely mental experience, there are plenty of reasons you could be smelling something funky:

Nasal Polyps – Essentially inflamed tissue inside your nose. Caused by anything from physical damage to other sinus problems they can grow to be quite large. Because they are a physical blockage, nasal polyps can cause your mucous to get backed up. After a while this mucous can start to stink.

Sinus Infections – Known as Sinusitis, this can certainly cause your sense of smell to go awry. When the cavities in your cheeks, forehead and nose start to hurt and you begin to feel congestion, you can bet an infection is at play. Sometimes though, a sinus infection can be self-contained and it can be very hard to spot symptoms. If left unchecked your olfactory nerves can become damaged causing smells.

Post-nasal drip – When your nasal mucosa make too much of the sticky stuff, it can start to drip down the back of the nose and throat. Mucous can start to smell after a while and when you’re dealing with post-nasal drip you tend to accumulate a lot of it.

Tooth decay – Believe it or not, poor oral health can actually generate smells. Rotting in your teeth or halitosis can actually manifest as a smell. It may be out of left-field but it’s a definite possibility.

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

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. Besides possibly being a purely mental experience, there are plenty of reasons you could be smelling something funky:

Nasal Polyps – Essentially inflamed tissue inside your nose. Caused by anything from physical damage to other sinus problems they can grow to be quite large. Because they are a physical blockage, nasal polyps can cause your mucous to get backed up. After a while this mucous can start to stink.

Sinus Infections – Known as Sinusitis, this can certainly cause your sense of smell to go awry. When the cavities in your cheeks, forehead and nose start to hurt and you begin to feel congestion, you can bet an infection is at play. Sometimes though, a sinus infection can be self-contained and it can be very hard to spot symptoms. If left unchecked your olfactory nerves can become damaged causing smells.

Post-nasal drip – When your nasal mucosa make too much of the sticky stuff, it can start to drip down the back of the nose and throat. Mucous can start to smell after a while and when you’re dealing with post-nasal drip you tend to accumulate a lot of it.

Tooth decay – Believe it or not, poor oral health can actually generate smells. Rotting in your teeth or halitosis can actually manifest as a smell. It may be out of left-field but it’s a definite possibility.

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

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