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Does anyone else have a super sensitive sense of smell?
If so what do you do for it?

This is driving me nuts. My nose burns a lot, it runs and I cough frequently. I can smell things others can not smell for a while later or they don't smell anything at all. Confused

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replied February 1st, 2008
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I do ... but I like my sense of smell. Why do you want to suppress it?
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replied February 2nd, 2012
sensitivity to smell
I think I have always been sensitive to smell, or it was a really good sense, but now its extremely sensitive. Some perfumes, laudry soaps, lotions, air freshener, actually make me dizzy and nauseous! I mean LITERALLY ill. I started to lose my voice and go hoarse one day. I was thinking about calling the doctor and asking if there is something wrong with me.
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replied October 6th, 2009
Super Smeller too
I can completely relate! Not only do I smell things super strong, I taste them...which is really disgusting depending on what the smell is. Sometimes it is really good - I smelled the gas leak long before my husband would have. I read somewhere that it can actually be a hormonal thing so maybe that's worth looking into. I think maybe I was born this way - super sensitive to smells (which intensified when I got pregnant and never went away), lights, sounds, etc. so I bet maybe therapy for sensory integration might be helpful. I really just take it day by day and warn people if I'm going to their house. Sometimes I just disappear and my husband has to figure out where I went because of a smell. I am also working with a homeopath and am hoping that will help bring things down a bit. Good luck!
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replied April 1st, 2010
help, please !
Can someone please help me , i cant find any info on medications to help surpress my sense of smell.

my whole life i have had a super strong sense of smell, but lately its gotten worse and sometimes it hard to stop from having a gag reflex, people always go on about losing their sense of smell and how bad it is, but for me I would give anything to completely lose that sense. My sense of smell also has always afected my sense of taste to, so most exotic or gourmet foods i dont eat and any alcohol including beer just taste horrible to me.

Its just the past weeks its gotten to the point where it has affected me too much, I find myself gagging alot, I know when my next door neighbors get home just from the womens perfume and their house is 100 feet away, and I can smell if someone is smoking withing a city block of me. I''''ve been going through alot of depression lately and im starting to think the only cure for my issues is a bullet in the head.

Please someone tell me how to destroy my sense of smell.

I know a big part of this for me is genetic, because my mom has a super sense of smell and my dads mother has a super sense of smell, she also suffers from asma and she can have an attack from the faintest perfume oder from soap or other products that smell
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replied April 19th, 2011
Don't give up... There are solutions...
Don't loose hope! There's an answer out there for you, you just need to find it. I hypersensitive to smell also, and I find that if I have not detoxified my body in a while, it is worse. Also, I'm going through NAET treatments that are helping - a lot. When I am in the middle of a treatment, my hypersensitivity of smell is temporarily even stronger, then when the allergy has cleared, it's way better. I stumbled upon this note on another forum, as your problem may be different than mine. I hope it helps (hang in there):

"... All you need to do is to follow the plan in "Remission in Sarcoidosis". The enhanced olefactory sense is a solved problem. You can listen to those who know, or you can fuss around for 20 years yourself, trying to reinvent the wheel. Anybody with an enhanced test of smell needs to get your D metabolites tested and start down the road to recovery. This is a known symptom. Use it to help you measure your remission."

Hypersensitivity to smell has also been tied to migraines, some hormonal conditions, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, sinus Sarcoidosis, chronic Lyme, and more. keep searching and trying, and... pray about it. It helps more than you know. Many helpful therapies are alternative and complimentary therapies - some doctors are into alternatives, and others aren't. Keep trying, you'll get there. (In the mean time, could nose plugs be used temporarily? Ask your doctor if you could use ear plugs as nose plugs for a while with out hurting yourself, and for how long.) Good luck and God bless!
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replied January 21st, 2012
Super Smeller Solutions -- sensitive nose is a gift/curse
I bought a respirator which eliminates all odors as far as I can tell. It also purifies the air. I just went to the local hardware store and they had a couple to choose from. Not that expensive...around $30.

I use it when I use cleaning solutions or for any situation at home where there is a bad smell or chemicals in the air. I'm so glad I bought it.

It's not very applicable to social situations as you can't talk clearly and people will see this giant gas mask and think you are crazy, but for the privacy of your own home it works great. And it makes the air healthier to breathe.

One problem I had was the mask part of the respirator actually smelled (off-gassed) because it was made of soft rubber/plastic so I had to let it air out for a while and then it was OK.

I know this super sensitivity to smells seems like a curse but it is also a gift. It will most likely save your life one day. My super smeller nose has already prevented several fires and also helps me avoid living in mold infested buildings and find gas leaks and lots of things along those lines.
Try to focus on the positives and just grin and bear the negative aspects that are unavoidable. Train yourself to breathe through your mouth when a bad odor is present and you can't leave the area.

You could turn your ability into a career. (I've considered this for myself.) You could hire yourself out to people who would like to sniff things out like sources of bad odors or mold problems, etc.
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replied December 21st, 2012
I have this problem also.
My daughter got a new mattress and the odor is killing me. Headache heart palpations, dry mouth etc. I can't even read my new kindle, because the new smell gives me a headache. Shopping is a nightmare. I have to hold my breath while picking out a pocket book. I will definitely try the respirator for home use.
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replied July 19th, 2012
Read my answer on next page I was thinking of you when I wrote it name --> angelsuzq it's on there twice so you won't miss it the page said the name would not do now I can't delete it so hope your still alive & hope my answers help they do somewhat for me but there is no real cure other than being a hermit when your out use Sinutab & Aerius Smile
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replied September 20th, 2012
Hypersensitive sense of smell
My sister actually lost her sense of smell by using inhalers for asthma. She can't smell anything. The steroids do that I have found out.

I would really like not to be smelling whatever it is that I have been smelling lately. It kind of reminds me of those smelly car fresheners that smell horrible. I taste the darn smell and it does make you feel nauseated at times. Right now I would like to know why in the last few weeks it has gotten much worse. I've been stressed for months...so I'm not sure what or why it happens. I was reading on another web page that someone had a name for it and it had to do with a nerve or something. I wish I knew the answer.
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replied October 8th, 2010
Sensitivity to smells
I have always been sensitive to smells and it sometimes causes me problems in relationships...I can smell bad breath, body odor, mold, animals etc. from a mile away it seems. It's horrible...when my boyfriend has eaten garlic or if he takes a shower in the morning by the evening I can smell his scalp. It is getting me very depressed. I wish I knew what to do about it.
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replied December 8th, 2012
sensitive nose is affecting intimacy
This is me to a T! It's causing problems with our intimacy and I don't have a clue as to what to do about it! Help!
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replied November 24th, 2010
I like my sense of smell, but most of the time it is more like a curse. I can smell things a mile away and most odors make me ill -- everything from sore throats and burning eyes to headaches and nausea. It affects my ability to interact with people - I have a sore throat within the hour when exposed to smoke or stale smoke. Most perfumes can send me into a full blown allergy attack where even doubling benadryl doesn't help much. Yes, I do have a lot of allergies and often have to stay away from allergens (which often means people) in order not to become sick. (good thing I like to read a lot) It doesn't make life easy...
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replied January 25th, 2011
sensitive sniffer
i wish i knew what was happening. just started in the last year for me. some perfumes are intollarable and fill a whole house in seconds. the only thing that helps for me is burning a little sage, which is an overpowering smell itself but i find tolarable and/or pleasent at times.
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replied February 20th, 2011
One helpful product
My sensativity happened after having kids. It does cause a lot of tension in my marrage because it is a tough topic. I like being sensitive to smells like natural gas or other things that are dangerous. Perfumes and other strong smells don't seem to bother me much. Breath assure (which is parsley oil) helps my husband after he has eaten smelly foods or drank alcohol. Bad breath i am sensitive to is more of a smell IN someones body it seems to me and has very little to do with brushing ones teeth. I believe my husbands body processes onions and such differently and it just comes out of his pores. His dad and brother are the same way. I do wish I wasn't this sensitive...I hate having to hold my breath and not breathe in elevators or in meetings etc.
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replied March 6th, 2011
You have my sympathy, since it is so impossible to avoid perfumes, etc. I have had this problem since I was around 20 (almost 30 yrs ago) and I think it's related to my sinus and allergies.
If you are forced to work around stinkers (what I call people who wear perfume), you can ask them nicely and hope for the best. Being obstinate, insistent or nasty will backfire.
My friends and family understand. Obviously, I would not be friends with people who were not understanding.
When I got married, the invitation stated no perfume. I found out that a few older ladies, friends of my inlaws, were offended and did not attend because of it. That's okay with me.
At least the world is (slowly) becoming more aware of the scent sensitivity issue.
Keep in mind that you are not alone. Good luck.
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replied July 21st, 2011
Sensative smell
I am trying to find answers as to why my sense of smell is so sensative. Me, my sister & my dad all suffer with this. Now this is going to sound very strange but I find it difficult to explain..
We all suffer from smelling this smell that we can only describe as raw eggs. Raw chicken, dirty cups & glasses, cutlery,the aroma when tuna & cucumber are put together, when it rains & lots more stuff gives us this raw eggy smell & its truly discusting. It makes us gag.

It makes it difficult to eat out anywhere or even pop for a drink cos 9 times out of 10 the glasses or cutlery smell..& i would not be able to go anywhere near them to drink or eat.

If I cut up raw chicken on my chopping board I have to use boiling water & bleach to get rid of the smell. I tend to use quorn now as its just too much hassle.. I have chucked fresh chicken breats away lots of times as the smell just makes me gag.

I have google this & find nothing. Its driving us crazy.. so if this rings any bells pls tell me we're not crazy!
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replied March 1st, 2012
i was told by my doctor that its a chemical imbalance in the brain, i was meds for awhile and it went away, but i stopped the meds and it returned. i get suoer sensitive to car exhaust, perfumes, house cleaning products etc. i get a super upset stomach
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replied November 28th, 2012
Over sensitivity to smells
What meds were you taking?
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replied August 20th, 2011
I too, suffer from a lot of sensitivities. I cannot use hand lotion or makeup that has any "fragrance" in it. Many hand soaps dry my hands out completely. But the worse thing is the smells... perfume, cigarette smoke, gasoline and ammonia are some of the absolute worse. Just the smell will burn my eyes and nose; it will make my throat sore and "snuff up" my nose so that I can't breath. I will often get a headache from certain smells. If I'm out with someone, and we stop for gas, I just pray they don't get gas on their shoes. I end up having to roll the windows down, no matter how hot or cold it may be outside. I don't know what causes this problem, but it's good to know I'm not the only one, and it's not all in my head!
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replied October 31st, 2011
chemicals in the home
Some years ago i had a sudden severe reaction to many smells including perfumes,cleaning products and general synthetic products.My bed sheets smelt so toxic because of the washing powder and my children were killing me with all the personal products they were using on themselves.For months I had heart palpatations.brain fog,metalic taste on my tongue and I could taste smells.My family thought I was crazy and when I told my wife I wanted to leave the family and live on my own in the country she freaked out and started to listen to me. Absolutely every product that produced a chemical smell was eliminated from the home. Candles,those synthetic leather shoes,all cleaning products,old carpet etc. chemical free products were purchased. Until even now all windows are kept open even in the bedrooms in winter to ensure airflow. even city air is much better for you than smells leeching out of a modern home. Look at all that plastic.I would wander to the local creek and chew on all sorts of leaves and grass and spit it out as my body was screaming for real organic matter. Sounds crazy but I was letting my instincts lead me. Meditating and praying while chewing was needed as well. After some weeks or months I felt a need to face the real world and slowly exposed myself to daily living. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Once your body is exposed to better air you are capable to deal with the world but your mind won't let you. I was always looking for negative smells. Stop looking for bad smells and slowly expose yourself to things. You are not crazy and you have a real problem but don't let it take you. I consider myself totally cured even though some smells will always bother me as they will bother some people who are "normal". I have many friends who have certain smells they can't tolerate. You will get better! I would sometimes fry some onions and garlic with a tomato sauce not to eat but to have lingering in my home which made me happy. Find your happy smells. It is a gift. I feel for all my brothers and sisters who are suffering and pray that you get better and be able to help others with your experience. This is a promise I made to myself when I was chewing on stuff at the creek. You can get better!
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replied December 17th, 2011
Sensitive to chemical and perfume smells
Thank you all. Now I understand I am not the only one with this problem. And I am not crazy. I will try to fry garlic and onion. Thanks again. It helps at least for a few hours. Any advise what kind of doctors I can go? Allergist give up on me - no any allergy at all, just very, very sensitive to chemicals and perfumes. Doctor did not give me any advise how to live with that. I would like to check with some other specialists, but do not know who is the right doctor to go. Nat.
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replied December 18th, 2011
Good Luck and please keep in mind when you have exposed your body to air with
minimum chemicals for a few weeks and detox your system you will be able to tolerate the world much better but you will have to try.
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replied December 20th, 2011
Mine is temporary...
Found this post. I am experiencing a heightened sense of smell following corrective jaw surgery. I know mine is temporary; it is already going away. I am having a lot of fun with it. I share my story via my jaw surgery blog

I feel for those of you who have suffered from this your whole lives. It can be really distracting and very annoying. I am very sorry.
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replied December 22nd, 2011
Chemical sensitivity
I to developed a sensitivity to alot of smells.Alot of household cleaning products,perfumes,air freshener,facial cleaners,etc.Have created alot of problems for me over the years.I've seen alot of doctors over the course of 15yrs.and not one doctor has been able to help me.I've done alot of reading on the interent & found a couple books in the libraby addressing Chemical sensitivity & enviromental Illiness.I wasalso told by aclose friend of my family to go see a dermatologist.
The best way to deal with it is to avoid any chemicals period.and make your home as toxic frre as possible.Remove carpet,fill home with alot of planets to help clean the indoor air.Keep windows open to allow fresh into home.and detox body,hot bathes,sauna alot of water to flush out chemicals.

I know i've expereinced alot of symptoms.Heart palpataation.burning sensation thru out my body,disness,,pain in my joints & bones,shortness of breath,pain in my face,soar throat,headaches and fatigue.andwhen i was pregnant it got much worser.They say coffee beans help eliminate smells.
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replied January 15th, 2012
Hypersensitivity to Senses (Smells/Olfactory)
I have this too. I can get a migraine, sick to my stomach, or even diarrhea when I smell certain things. I am unable to wear or be around perfume and I have even become ill to the point where I had to return home after smelling gas fumes. I have had this problem my entire life. I remember smelling sweet smelling lotions when I was a child and having a panic attack or an asthma attack. Not only is my olfactory system jacked, I also have extreme sensitivity to touch. Sometimes, my skin is so sensitive that it hurts for someone (or even my clothing) to touch me. My eyes are sensitive to the light to the point where I have to buy sunglasses that cover my entire eye and the peripheral vision of excess light. Now that I think about it, I don't really like to listen to music or noise all that much. It sometimes drives me crazy to have any noise on at all. Is this a disease??? Hypersensitivity to your senses? My boyfriend hates it, he says that the reason he's trying to quit smoking is because he is tired of hearing my nagging voice. I will get a migraine in a hurry if I'm smothered by cigarette smoke. We also went go-cart riding and I couldn't stand in the line to inhale the fumes any longer. I had to remove myself from the line and wait until it was my turn to ride to come back. I've never been pregnant and gradually my symptoms seems to have gotten worse. Looking for relief.....
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replied April 26th, 2012
Sensory Processing Disorder-Overresponsive to touch, smell
YOU HAVE SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER. IT IS VERY COMMON-EXERCISE HELPS RETRAIN THE BRAIN. BUY THE BOOK THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD BY CAROL STOCK KRANOWITZ & YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH LEARNING ABOUT HOW YOUR BRAIN IS OVERRESPONDING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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replied April 26th, 2012
Sensory Processing Disorder-Overresponsive to touch, smell
YOU HAVE SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER. IT IS VERY COMMON-EXERCISE HELPS RETRAIN THE BRAIN. BUY THE BOOK THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD BY CAROL STOCK KRANOWITZ & YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH LEARNING ABOUT HOW YOUR BRAIN IS OVERRESPONDING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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replied February 5th, 2012
hello everyone, I'm Ronelle Polon,30 years old...I can relate to every comment i just read,i've been in a same situation for more than 10 years until now and no one seems to find cure not a single doctor and no one seems to understand what i am talking about...but reading all your comments there seem to be a difference on my experience...every time i smell something i feel dizzy and i almost faint..they say it's like when a woman is pregnant..a single smell becomes 500x stronger..i cannot enter higher level and enclosed buildings,crowded areas,limit smells inside my home,limit what i eat..only simple foods..the ultimate solution is to confine myself in an odorless place...a couple of months ago my anxiety started i felt like the end of my days..been confined to a hospital choose a well ventilated room and doctors found cyst or masses in my liver and kidney...and they said it's not at all related to my hypersensitivity to smells.....i hope and pray there is a cure for all of us....P.S. :If someone has already found a cure or any therapy i would appreciate if you add me to my facebook account... Ronelle Polon..thanks & God bless to everyone..
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replied February 23rd, 2012
I generally have sensitivity to chemical fragrances, lotions, soaps, cleaning products, solvents, gasoline, smoke, motor-vehicle exhaust, heavy metals, and anything else that is toxic and damaging to mammals.

We are exposed to a litany of toxic chemicals throughout our day. Avoiding these toxic exposures is a full time job. If you can do it without stressing yourself out too much, you will reap the rewards.

When I lived by myself it was no problem to avoid toxic chemicals masquerading as consumer products. I know everything to avoid. When I have to live with others it is a different story.

People think I'm crazy. Even when I explain the issue in a rational manner people just don't want to accept that they are basting themselves with toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Not only that, they pay to drench themselves in toxic chemicals. Surely a person like myself, who is not rich, or credentialed, or even terribly well spoken; cannot be believed in place of marketing, advertisement, and general acceptance.

I'm going to be very sarcastic for a moment.

-I love when people wash their clothes with toxic soap, then add a toxic dryer sheet, and then fill their yard, and neighborhood with toxic dryer exhaust. Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. I really Love these people.

-I love the people who sit in their car with it idling.

-I love people who burn anything.

-I love diesel motor-vehicles.

-I love gas lawn-mowers, and gas leaf-blowers.

-I love perfume, sweet toxic perfume.

-I love people who smoke so much they can't smell how horrible they smell.

-I love people who knowingly use toxic products and proclaim stupidly: "We all have to die sometime", as if being miserable and in horrible pain while living a short life, due to a toxic lifestyle, is somehow the same as living a long healthy happy life and dying of natural old age.

- I love the people who are too stupid too realize that toxic chemicals literally make them stupid, or more stupid, depending upon the case.


Ok, I'm done. Rant over.
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replied September 3rd, 2013
Comrade!!! Rant away because everything you said in your post rings well with me.

I stumbled upon this site by accident. I was diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis twenty years ago and dealt with it for five years before it went into remission. Now its back and my sense of smell and taste are completely fubar.

Currently, I'm fighting the homicidal urge to go across the street and severely beat the neighborhood potato-head in the head and shoulder area, because hes been burning debris for the past three days... 90 degree days with 80ish% humidity and nothing but smoke to breathe. Complete and utter ass.

I keep telling myself to calm down because its just my head over exaggerating. But I'm about ready to do a bastardized version of a tribal rain dance buck naked -- anything to help it just STOP ALREADY!

So to anyone possibly reading this, if you could kindly begin some sort of donation drive for my bail I would be greatly appreciative.
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replied June 5th, 2012
Me too - you guys make me feel better - somewhere I read that if your adrenal gland gets overworked that it causes the smell receptors to go on alert - and they can get stuck. I try being calm as much as possible - and I think that does help a bit - but it is worse when I am barraged by smells - if I have been exposed to much smoke and people wearing fragrance - it gets worse and it takes a long time to get back to a normal feeling. I have had allergies most all my life - but this hypersensitivity to smell came up about a year ago. Funny thing is that I feel like I can sense all the layers of someone's fragrance. and I can tell the chemicals not acutal natural fragrance. Nice to see others responding as I feel.
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