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October 3rd, 2011
Just started smelling smoke-soooo wierd!
I just started smelling smoke on Friday 9/30. This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me.I cannot escape it. I called my Dr and her nurse had never heard of this before-weird because world renown Dr Weil had an article on it recently and the NYT did an article in 2009 that involved a woman whe continually smelled dirt. I think these Dr's have their heads in the dirt! I have a Dr's appt on Friday and will repost when/if I found out anything. I have been taking probiotics for about a month and am on spironolactone for acne so I am going to stop both and see what happens. I would rather be gassy and broken out than have this! My best to everyone who suffers with this and has had to put up with it for years. Thanks for all of your posts. Definitely made me feel better-not smell better though. Smile
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replied October 8th, 2011
smelling something burnt
I don't actually smell smoke. But I do smell something like someone is ironing a cotten tshirt on a really high setting almost to the point of burning but not. I just found out today I have a nodule on my thyroid gland.. going next week to c how bad it is.
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replied October 8th, 2011
I don't actually smell smoke. But I do smell something like someone is ironing a cotten tshirt on a really high setting almost to the piont of burning but not. I just found out today I have a nodule on my thyroid glad.. going next week to c how bad it is.
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replied October 8th, 2011
Follow up on dr's appt
Went to the doctors yesterday. She found a polyp on my sinus. Going to the ENT on Oct 26th see what they think. Still smelling smoke. I am going to try Flonase for a few days. It is what they will give me to shrink the polyp anyway. It is worth a try. It is a corticosteroid. Wish me luck!
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replied October 11th, 2011
I just moved into a new house that has caused me bad allergy reactions! To the point of having an asthma attack. To top it off, I have had this phantom cigarette smell for about a month now. I see someone posted luck with nasal sprays that have oil of oregano. Perhaps someone could start an alternate thread for remedies that may work or have worked for you? This is definitely related to a sinus infection or allergies for me...I hate the smell of cigarettes, help!
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replied October 17th, 2011
I actually just had nssal surgery in June for a massive sinus infection that I had for many many months on end... I smelled smoke from time to time before... and still do now... it is so annoying, I hate the smell of smoke... what home rememdies can anyone suggest to make this go away
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replied October 17th, 2011

"I have had this problem for years it would come and go and I could not find out what it was up until recently. I read somewhere that certain people are sensitive to aspartame or Phenylanine. Figuring I had nothing to lose I looked into what I was eating and drinking and found that Phenyalanine or aspartame was in coke pepsi etc. So I read the labels of everything and took it out of my diet completely. I have had not one incident of smelling smoke for over 2 weeks since i have done this.

Today I had my first smelling of smoke when noone else could in 2 weeks so i looked at what I had done differently food or drink wise or anything that may have contained aspartame. The only thing i had done different was taken some cocodamol as i Have injured my back at work. After checking the active ingredients I found that there was aspartame used in the tablets so this is definitely what has been causing this problem for me anyway. I urge anyone that has had this problem to try this take aspartame out of yopur diet its in anything thats sugar free this includes drinks and even sugar free gum once its out your sytem the symptoms go away.

Hope this helps "
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replied October 27th, 2011
Re: cigarette-type smoke smell
I have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and it has recently spread to my face. Areas of my face, also ears and eyes, burn intensely. Along with the pain and burning sensation (imagine Vicks Vapor Rub on severe sunburn) ... I sometimes smell a strong cigarette-type smoke. It lasts for many days -- comes and goes with increase of sensitivity and pain ... and yes, my eyes will burn also.

Question -- does anyone here have pain in their face, nerve-related damage or illness?
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replied November 5th, 2011
ENT visit with surprising results.
So I went to the ENT on Thursday. He told me I do not have a polyp, just a larger turbinate. My symptoms of smelling cigarette smoke have subsided. I went to Arizona on a vacation and it was gone. I have no idea why and either does the doctor. He thinks I may have had a virus in my olfactory nerve and recommended that I take B12 and folate supplements. (for nerve health) He recommended a "no shot" product found at Whole Foods that melts on your tongue. About $20 for 2 months supply. He thinks this will benefit my nerves and help to not let this happen again. Good luck to everyone!
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replied November 5th, 2011
It is amazing how many people have this problem. I too smell cigarette smoke on and off throughout the day. At night I try to breathe just from through my nose to eliminate the smell. I will have to try the supplements and see if they help.
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replied November 5th, 2011
Best of luck! I hope the B12 and folate help you!
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replied November 24th, 2011
Hi all. I too smell cigarette smoke when there is nobody around me smoking. It's mainly at night . I've been having trouble with nose bleeds and a sore throat for a while and after bothering my doctor with it a few times he sent me to see a specialist who told me that I have a hole mid way up my septum. I have never taken drugs or smoked and aside from being a little overweight I consider myself to be reasonably healthy. I take no medication whatsoever, only what the doctor prescribed for a bit of reflux. Anyway, normally, the mucus or snot or whatever that is up our noses should drain up the nose and down the throat but it my case it's getting trapped in the hole in my septum. The only explanation that my specialist can give me about the smell of smoke is that it's the mucus that is trapped releasing the smell of which it is made up. I have no explanation ahow the hole is there. It could be caused by some kind of trauma that I had like a bump to the nose but o can't recall anything. I'm due another visit to the specialist in a few days so I'll let u know if I have any more to report. Hope this has helped. X (please excuse any spelling errors, I'm still getting used to the touch pad)
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replied February 1st, 2012
Just checking what kind of dental fillings you have ~ amalgam (black ones) or resin (white ones). I have the same issue with smelling cigarette smoke and it seems to have started when I had my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with resin ones.
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replied December 8th, 2011
I started to smell smoke a day ago and also taste it in my throat. I only had this experience once before yesterday. I drank really bitter coffee. This time is different. I haven't ate or drank anything that would remotely taste like cigarettes. I don't smoke and my parents don't either. I'm 19 and female and for the most part very healthy. I don't know if I should go get it checked cause I feel like I am suffocating..
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replied January 1st, 2012
smoke smells
I thought I was crazy! I would always ask my family and friends if they smelled smoke or a chemical smell, and they would always say no. I thought it was the home i purchased but then i found that when I got into my car, I would smell chemical smells. Currently, the smell is getting extreme, to the point were i feel nauseated. I will make a appointment with a ENT to find out what is wrong. I hope it has nothing to do with a brain tumor. I'm really glad to know that other people are able to sympathize with this problem.
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replied February 1st, 2012
I too have this problem ~ just checking what kind of dental fillings you have??? I had all my amalgam (black fillings) replaced with resin (white fillings) and that seems to be about the time my problem started.
Thanks Smile
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replied January 5th, 2012
Phantom Smoke Smells
I have experience that same phantom smoke. No one in my family smokes I am an ex-smoker of the worst kind and can smell it a mile a way well maybe half.

I am frequent with sinus infections, mostly up above the palette and further back, not in the fore area of the head. I am also very sensitive to mold in my environment be it leak under a sink, in a wall anywhere or in the bathroom, dirty moldy curtains, walls where ever. No one else in my family can smell it, and when I do that is the smoke smell, I had come to find there is probably mold somewhere. Another good test of this is if a person is more symptomatic at night time as opposed to the day. This is because mold sends out spores in the evening when house is cooled down. It is my unscientific assumption or theory that I am so sensitive that I get these infections from the mold spores. If i clean house thoroughly or the questionable area, I have found I often experience relief. Also because mold spores, I alternate peroxide gargle, with salt gargles and all kinds of string yuck will drain apparently around area of tonsils, also ACV is another remedy I often use. Try google earthclinic for more on the natural healing approach. great info at their site. As for myself, I have found antibiotics may help but if they don't they could also contribute to the problem. also read about yeast infection aka candidas albican it can occur in throats, or systemic (meaning throughout body, as "Leaky Gut Syndrome". Well this is an old post hope someone finds this useful.
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replied January 17th, 2012
Smelling smoke when none is there
I have had the same sympotoms with a few others...the smoke smell is so annoyting like I am in a bar all the time! I have also had some visual probs and a few episodes of balance-nothing big enough to impact my life but noticeable enough when I googled all symptoms it freaked me out. I saw my internist and she ordered MRI brain, EEG, and lab work....said it could be seizures while concious, or somethinglike blood sugar....I guess I will know in a week! Glad to know it happens to others and I am not crazy!
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replied February 7th, 2012
do you have amalgam (black) or resin (white) dental fillings?
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replied January 22nd, 2012
SMELLING SMOKE ALL THE TIME - ANSWER
FOR 3 YEARS. After extensive MRI's, CAT Scans, sinus surgeries, X-Rays....It turns out to be ALLERGIES! I smelled smoke for 3 years. At first it wasn't odd since I am a fireman. So I discounted it. Up until I transferred to a specialty station that no longer handles structure fires. Maybe the smell was stuck in my turnout gear? Nope, Got new gear issued to me and there it was again. So off to specialists I go. In short, an over the counter allergy medication known as fexofenadine (ALLEGRA) without the pseudoephidrine, solved everything! I just so happened to borrow some from my engineer when I forgot my traditional/antihistamine medication of choice (Claritin & Zyrtec). I tried all other allergy meds in the past and over looked the Allegra stuff due to the cost and the ignorance that "all allergy and sinus meds are the same". Well it took a couple of doses for me to realize that I no longer smelled the smoke. After my second dose, I could almost time it to when the smoke smell would start to come back. In the beginning, I smelled a campfire-like smoke along with the burning eyes. After the fexofenadine, the smoke smell morphed to cigarette-like smell then ultimately to paper or lint-like burning smell. After 6 days of taking the allergy meds, the smell of burning has gone away. I can still sense when the medication is wearing down, when I start to smell a hint of smell like a hot dry summer day. DRINK A BUNCH OF WATER on this stuff. Not saying that this is the cure, since I don't dare discontinue taking the allegra yet. However, it has given me back my sanity. The guys at work razzed me about it for years saying it was my brain cells spontaneously combusting! I hope this info helps someone. I would try each med until I found the one that worked. I imagine that each of us have a different reaction to the various OTC allergy meds, name brand to generic. Give it a shot! I CAN FINALLY SMELL THE ROSES!!!
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replied January 23rd, 2012
For the past few months I've been routinely smelling smoke in my home. There are no smokers in my home and as far as I know, a cigarette has never been lit in this home for many years. There's nowhere in my home that I haven't smelled it. Some days it's stronger than other days. I can not think of a more irritating smell to me than the smell of cigarette smoke....I have always hated it and have always been sensitive to it even if people were smoking far away from me. I used to think that our neighbor 2 houses away was smoking 24 hours a day and that somehow the wind was always blowing his smoke this way. Good thing I didn't crack him in the face for smoking because I may actually have phantosmia and his smoking may not be the culprit of this extremely unpleasant smell of smoke. My health is excellent and my cogitative processes are as good as they've ever been. I'm closer to 50 than 40 and I don't need this nuisance to wreck my good daily living.
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replied January 25th, 2012
Smelling Cigarette Smoke
These episodes of smelling cigarette smoke just started for me about a week ago. I can't seem to get rid of it. It's during the day at work and also at home, even though nobody smokes in our house. I just turned 55 and have never experienced anything like this before. I'm about 30 pounds overweight, have gone through menopause, I do treadmill workouts every day and try to maintain a healthy diet (because I'm trying to lose the 30 pounds). I have a few more headaches lately than usual, but nothing that should sound any alarm bells. This is all so odd. I have an appointment for my annual check-up next month and will be bringing it up to my doctor if it doesn't subside. I was both relieved and surprised that so many others are experiencing the same problem. I hope it's nothing serious.
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replied January 25th, 2012
These episodes of smelling cigarette smoke just started for me about a week ago. I can't seem to get rid of it. It's during the day at work and also at home, even though nobody smokes in our house. I just turned 55 and have never experienced anything like this before. I'm about 30 pounds overweight, have gone through menopause, I do treadmill workouts every day and try to maintain a healthy diet (because I'm trying to lose the 30 pounds). I have a few more headaches lately than usual, but nothing that should sound any alarm bells. This is all so odd. I have an appointment for my annual check-up next month and will be bringing it up to my doctor if it doesn't subside. I was both relieved and surprised that so many others are experiencing the same problem. I hope it's nothing serious.
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replied February 6th, 2012
Phantom smoke smell
Thank God! I have found others like me! I too can smell the stale smell of smoke, even when I am at my father's house where nobody, not even the neighbours, smoke.

Health history: I was subjected to a random drunken gang attack at Christmas and sustained foot and fist blows to the head, face and nose, plus my ribs. I attended hospital and was advised I had a concussion. They didn't want to give me the head scan due to the increased risk with the radiation which could cause more problems than I might, or might not, already have. Hmm...

Anyway, I regularly take Flecainide for a heart arrhythmia and Naproxen for joint pain irregularly, nothing else. I do suffer frequent headaches and have a 'twitch' in my left eyelid for some weeks now. I do hope someone comes up with an explanation as it is driving me crazy! Please email me if you do...thanks. (I'm in the UK)
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replied February 6th, 2012
I just posted a quick reply to say I too suffer from this 'phantom smoke' smell, but I omitted to say I had a long haul flight before Christmas and have suffered a spinning vertigo sensation upon rising or turning in bed ever since. Is all this connected to air cabin pressure perhaps, in my instance anyway? Or maybe it is a possible cerebral symptom that all is not well after my Christmas beating from a gang of random drunks? Would love to hear from a medical professional. Best of luck to everyone. (I'm in the UK)
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