• KathrynAnnM KathrynAnnM
    October 13, 2011
    Am I have an allergic reaction, or is it cigarette smoke?
    KathrynAnnM KathrynAnnM
    October 13, 2011

     I'm a 16-year-old girl. It's 4:30 am, and I can smell a bonfire smoke. I don't smoke. However people around me do, so I know what cigarette smoke smells like.  I've also had some minor headaches, but there's no fire there. My neighbors have bonfires regularly, but there's no fire or smoke around me. Also, my chest feels slightly tight.

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  • James Leary August 06, 2014
    James Leary
    August 06, 2014

    KathrynAnnM,

     

    Did you ever find out what was causing you to smell smoke?  My first thought would be to check the environment and make sure nothing is creeping in that might smell that way.  As you can see, one of our community members also has a suggestion you can check out involving food allergies.  Either way, I am not a doctor and can't diagnose you over the internet. 

     

    Did you see a doctor or make any changes to your diet?  If you learned anything, please consider returning to the community to let us know.  I'm sure it would help out others!

     

    Best of luck,

    James

     

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  • george March 09, 2012
    george
    March 09, 2012

    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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  • george March 09, 2012
    george
    March 09, 2012

    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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