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Smelling Smoke

I am new to this site. Hoping someone can give me some suggestions. I have been Smelling smoke for abut three days now, it used to be once in awhile but now everyday. I have had sinus/allergy issues lately. Does anyone have any answers to this please,

Thank you,

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I have regular sinus problems plus dust allergy and hay fever, I've had the smelling smoke issue a few times and it was a mild sinus infection.

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Hmmm, maybe that is what I have, do have lots of pressure in sinuses. Thank you,

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From the beginning of this forum we have had a trickle of posts like yours. Smelling smoke - and sometimes other things - which don't exist seems to be something many of us go through.

Happened to me but only very mildly. I think, if it really lasted and affected people a lot, we would see many more posts. Hopefully it will fade for you too. :-)

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Hi! Phantosmia is the condition I believe you are referring to. Smelling smoke can be associated with many other illnesses such as depression, stroke, brain tumour, Schizophrenia, Alzeimers, Parkinson etc. If you have been having sinus/ allergy issues lately, it is likely that it is an infection. I say check with your GP and have some antibiotics just in case it's an infection. Good luck!

Tamzin27

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Thanks for reminding me - there was a post here some years ago:

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Oh, thank you much,

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I guess will need to see the doc, hope he does not want to give me more tests.

Thank you much,

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Hi I had this problem for a while I could smell smoke every evening while watching TV, I think mine was due to being under medicated at the time as now my dose has been increased I don't get it any more. You maybe ought to get it checked out by gp just to be on safe side.

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Yes your probably right, it is on and off, have not had it the last few days.

Thank you,

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Maybe it will fade soon, I hope so, drives me nuts even choke from it that is why sometimes I feel like it could be real smoke around. But it happens at home and at work.

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Hi yes I used to smell smoke every night in bed, drove me crazy as I couldn't think where it was coming from.

Since getting my meds right I didn't get it very often, but then discovered I have an allergy problem, which leads to blocked nose & earache/balance issues.

I now have a nasal spray to alleviate these symptoms & I know when I smell smoke it's because I need to use the spray.

Make sure your meds are optimal & chat with your doc

Good luck

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So after you use the spray it goes away? What is the name of the spray?

Thank you,

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I get it on prescription it's a nasobec(TM) aqueous 50mg beclometasone spray

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Could this spray be similar to Flonase?

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Sorry no idea

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I smelt woodsmoke for several months at odd times and kept looking for the source. I did tell my GP and the oncologist I was seeing but they all looked blankly at me. I saw a few references to the condition but never did get to the bottom of it. I was being treated for lymphoma soon after but I cannot prove that it was directly linked,.

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So are you still smelling it?

Thank you,

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No it went early on in my treatment and has not returned. It was a lovely smell.

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yes i get this smoke and also burning electrical smell, sometimes its so strong i cant eat and get headaches. I think mine is worse when im stressed. When it first happened i use to check all plugs, appliances etc drove me bonkers x

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I know what you mean, Do you still have this?

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yes i still get it, it is much stronger when im stressed, then it is really over powering x

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It drives me crazy, hate the smell of smoke, I feel like I am choking from it when it happens so it is hard to believe it could be phantom?

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I kept smelling petrol for a while. It drove me crazy. I had sinus problems at the time and grapefruit seed extract really seemed to help fix that (and restricting dairy). I haven't smelled things that aren't there for ages now.

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I would get this checked out

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I still sense phantom smells from time to time - electrical burning, rubber, wood smoke, a sharp fuel-type aroma, etc. They haven't entirely disappeared, but once I started self-treating my pernicious anaemia, the problem abated considerably. That tells me that the changes/damage to my nervous system were probably responsible.

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