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Symptoms of smelling something that is not there

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My Mom is having this constant dirt smell and she is not even remotely anywhere near dirt. She is smelling dirt anywhere she goes. In addition to this, she is having a hard time breathing. Can someone please help us figure out why she is having these issues? Could these symptoms be an indication of something serious? Thank you in advance for your assistance.


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replied July 26th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A14677
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know why your mother smells dirt even when she is not near dirt.

There are certain medical conditions connected with the nasal receptors for smell and the olfactory neural path, or various psychiatric medical conditions may show symtoms like experiencing a smell which is not present in the air. This condition may sometimes be a symptom of an underlying tumor, malignant or benign, in the skull.

According to the data that you described, your mother may or may not experiecne any of the medical conditions listed above. She may consider seeing a neurologist to exclude any physical medical condition connected with the nasal receptors or the olfactory neural path.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.


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