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I smell fried oil always even when nobody around me does.

In the last five months I have been smelling fried oil even when am not in anywhere near the kitchen or where Oil is being fried. When I do smell people around do not and at times the smell will almost chock me.

Please what could be the cause of this as am beginning to be concerned
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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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