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I see all the posts about smelling smoke but no answers. Are there any definite answers as to why we are constantly smelling smoke when there is none?


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replied November 27th, 2010
Anxiety and Stress Answer A17368
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Smelling smoke could be due to olfactory hallucination or phantosmia or phantom smell. It is usually due to seizure, or due to schizophrenia or depression or due to an aura of migraine. It can also be due to a problem in olfactory receptor mechanism. This could be due to a smell getting trapped by nasal polyps or tumors.

Sinusitis with post nasal drip can cause both a phantom smell and nausea and this should be investigated first by an ENT. Since it can be something serious, you should be seen by a psychiatrist, ENT specialist and a neurologist. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Hope this helps. Take care!



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