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overwhelmed by fumes and a smell of rotten eggs?

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I was sitting in my office at my desk and I was overwhelmed and chocking by fumes and a smell of rotten eggs. No one else in the office could smell it. I'm on medication for a thyroid condition.


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replied February 24th, 2012
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The feeling of abnormal smell, is a common finding in many patients with hypothyroidism. This eventually subsides with time.

Medications used to treat hypothyroidism , do not cause such effects.

The other common causes of smell disturbance include -
1. nasal and sinus disease,
2. upper respiratory infection and
3. head trauma, migraine,
4. nutritional defiencies of vitamins and minerals (A, B6, B12, Zinc, Copper),
5. oral infections,
6. oral appliances (e.g., dentures), dental procedures
7. Bell's palsy.
8. Endocrine disorders like adrenocortical insufficiency, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, primary amenorrhea, pseudohypoparathyroidism.

You may consult with your treating doctor if the condition persists for a long time for proper treatment and advice.


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