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I am nearly 53 and for the last 2-3 years have had a developing, and worsening, problem with my sense of smell. Smells that I used to love I now find nauseating, and I can no longer eat many of the foods I once enjoyed because they don't smell "right" to me. The perfume I wore for 30 years has been ruined for me, my laundry detergent, you name it. I can't eat out in restaurants anymore because everything tastes "wrong" and gross and I don't want to waste the money. It is really getting me down. I had a brain MRI to rule out neurological issues (which run in my family, unfortunately) and had my sinuses scoped. Although they were swollen, the antihistamine and nasal spray I have taken for 6 mo. hasn't changed my problems with smelling bad odors. Some odors DO smell good to me, but they're weird ones, such as gasoline (which I love, but do not indulge). Does anyone else have this problem? The only symptom of menopause I've had is developing a few yeast infections, which I never had as an adult (once in college and that's all). ANY HELP WILL BE MOST APPRECIATED, as this is depressing me.
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replied June 28th, 2011
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have u been on multiple antibiotics in the last 2 or 3 years
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replied October 16th, 2011
Have you recently ingested any zinc cold remedies? These products can cause olfactory nerve damage which results in odd smells/tastes and even a complete loss thereof. I have olfactory nerve damage from a zinc cold remedy (cough lozenges) and I smell sulphur or burnt hair all the time. When the damage first occured I smelled ammonia very strongly.
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replied January 22nd, 2012
sense of smell
Hi - I've just googled because I can't believe the way that foods I used to love smell foul. Positive side, honey: I tend to be a guts and may lose a bit of weight. Just go with the flow. XXX
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replied November 5th, 2012
Changes in sense of smell- hormones, coffee, menopause
I've recently developed similar symptoms to the above- many things i have noticed over the last few months now smell awful- I have a real head back in disgust reaction to perfumes that seem cloying and horribly, chokingly stale- any citrus, lavender notes smell revolting! Used to be my favourites! Had to throw away my Clarins eau Dynamisante as smelled horribly off.

Tea tree , coffee, lemony bath and shower gels, bleach and bathroom cleaners all smell foul! Positive side: do less cleaning!

Thought it was coffee that triggered it as had a coffee machine for my birthday a couple of months ago- and yes, they do seem to be linked - I have cut coffee intake down to almost zero- one in the last few days -and that was decaffeinated and it does seem to be working, although not very sensitive to nice smells now ( fresh air, bread., laundry) the nasty smells don't seem so bad- so check the link with coffee. I now opt for teas if available in preference to coffee but I am now thinking it may be more to do with hormones- maybe start of menopause as am 46. Sense of smell has always been acute and very sensitive so perhaps no surprise I'm affected now! Went off coffee, onions and garlic big time when expecting my babies, so can see a link to smells changing if hormones change......Any feedback would be welcomed !
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replied May 5th, 2013
Im 41 years old and having the same symptoms. My boyfriend smokes it doesnt really bother me till now...it's now naseating.. Any answers for me too??
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replied May 5th, 2013
Hi bmk72
Sorry you are having similar problems:(
I have now been to GP and she said to try a
Corticosteroid nasal spray such as Beconase for a couple of months.
Seemed to help somewhat, but have subsequently had major surgery in the intervening time so not stuck with it recently, ESP as tastes pretty revolting if goes down your nose and into your mouth !!!
But now you've reminded me I will try again and return to GP soon.
Good luck. At least we're not alone or going mad!! Smile
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