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I know this sounds insane, but i've noticed that over the past 8months or so, if I start crying my nose tingles and I smell this weird anticeptic or cleaning agent or something like that right when the tears are welling up in my eyes. What is this??? I have never heard of such a thing before and it's really weirded me out. I want to know what's causing it and if it means anythings wrong with me. And for you smart ass people out there, no, it's not because i'm cleaning when I start crying.
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First Helper matty808
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replied January 16th, 2004
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Weird Smell
I would go to an ear nose and throat doctor to see if you had a sinus infection.
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replied January 16th, 2004
I don't think it's a sinus infection b/c I can breath fine and I haven't been stuffy or anything. Also, why would I have a sinus infection for like 8 months? Thank you for the suggestion anyway though. Smile
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replied January 16th, 2004
Somebody out there has to have heard of this or can at least help me by asking someone who might know. I'm going insane worrying about this. Why would I smell anticeptic when I first start crying??? It doesn't make sense.
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replied February 25th, 2010
I also get a smell like T.C.P. in my nose when I come indoors when its cold outside, any ideas?
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replied November 9th, 2010
well you're definitely not insane because i found this page looking for the exact phenomenon, though i may be 6 years a little too late. i smell that antiseptic rubbing alcohol smell right when my eyes water up (although i don't think i always smell it, i occasionally do). It seems like this isn't too common an occurrence because this is the only site on google I found about this.
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replied April 27th, 2014
I just searched it and found this. I also found it on yahoo, but they won't allow me to respond. I smell rubbing alcohol in my tears. I smell it in my nose and throat and in the air around my face when I cry. I just broke up with someone I love. Am an older lady. Have never experienced such a thing until this breakup.
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replied April 15th, 2011
This happens to me, too... has anyone heard anything about it?
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replied May 18th, 2011
It just happened to me, so I started looking and found this page also! Has anyone found anything insightful about this?
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replied October 1st, 2011
Me too
The same thing has been happening to me and I have no idea why. It is only if i get teary eyed or cry. It started after i had some moles removed (which required a numbing shot, so idk if that has anything to do with it but that was 8 months ago and it hasn't stopped) Anyone know anything helpful. My doctor said shes never heard of anything like that.
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replied January 11th, 2013
The same thing happens to me! Can't seem to find any info anywhere, but I'm not worried enough about it to see a doctor, either... at least we know we're not alone, right? Ha.
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replied February 28th, 2013
Rubbing alcohol here too!
This has been happening to me for about 5 years. It doesn't happen all the time. It's straight up rubbing alcohol smell for two seconds then gone! Someone in the medical field has to know something.
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replied September 18th, 2013
Rubbing alcohol smell before tears!!
I found this page because I wanted to see if I was the only one and I'm obviously not!! For the past several years anytime I tear up I smell rubbing alcohol first and then the tears come. I've spoken to a neurologist about it and he said he's never heard of it before. I wish I knew why this happens...
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replied November 8th, 2013
Same thing
I swear to god I've been searching for an answer to this for ages. What can possibly be the reason? Should we see neurologists?
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