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Tuesday, May 04, 2010 llbllc, Community Member, asks

Q: I smell smoke when there is none around!

For a about 3 years now, I have experienced smelling smoke in my house and, now, in other places. The first time, I searched my house thinking there was a fire! Nobody else ever smells it. I am so glad you all are out there (not happy that we suffer with this) but, it's nice to know I'm not crazy. I'm not on any medications at all.  No allergies either.  Not seeing much posted from the medical community on this...

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Gamefandan, Community Member
5/ 8/10 7:11pm

Thank goodness, I'm not alone! I'm a 15 year old boy and have been experiencing this sensation since last year. Last year, when I had my first encounter with it, I was pretty scared. But after a few months, it just went away. This year, about two days ago, I started having the feeling again. At first I thought I must have done whatever I did last time again, but then I realised, it must be seasonal. I think that anyone with our problem will experiance it for only a certain length of time every year. It may be hereditary, but that wouldn't explain why I haven't been feeling it my whole life. Nevertheless, I'm happy to know that I'm not alone when it comes to this problem. I'm sorry that I can't give any more advise, and I hope that your problem will go away soon.

Gamefandan, Community Member
5/ 8/10 7:39pm

I just put some Vicks in my nose, I feel a lot better. Just get a ultra fine layer of Vicks on your pinky and, well, pick your nose. I know it seems weird but not only should it clear up any weird smells, it will also clear your sinuses. Try it! :D

george, Community Member
3/ 9/12 7:27pm


I've had this issue off and on for over 5 years now.  I can't say for sure that what causes your smelling smoke, but I can pass on what I know about mine.

Mine is caused by foods that have dicalcium phosphate in it.  There are other names for dicalcium phosphate that you'd have to look for too, they are:

-dibasic calcium phosphate

-calcium hydrogenphosphate

-calcium monohydrogen phosphate

-phosphoric acid

-calcium salt


I've also found the related compounds also cause the smoke smelling, they are:

-magnesium phosphate

-monocalcium phosphate

-tricalcium phosphate

-strontium phosphate


These are in a lot of things.  Wheat tortillas, cereal, soy milk, almond milk, salad dressings...a lot.  I found a little, like maybe having just one item with dicalcium phosphate in it doesn't seem to cause the smoke smell.  It's when I'm eating this stuff every day.  So I figure it's building up in my body.  So, when I start smelling smoke, I look at ingredients of what I've been eating, stop eating it whatever has dicalcium phosphate, and a few days later, the smoke smell will go away.  I'm assuming it's just taking a few days to get out of my system.


Oh, its also in otc medicine.  I think it's a filler, so look for it in supplements or vitamins too.  Remember, its not in every brand of the things I listed, but it's also in so much more food items than I listed!


I hope it's as simple for you as it was for me.  You're too young to be having to try to figure out why the smoke smell when there's no smoke around.


Good Luck!  And if you find this helps you, please post it back here and on other boards, to have this be the cause means it's a very cheap fix.  I've read about a lot of people spending a great amount of money on testing.

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By llbllc, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/09/12, First Published: 05/04/10