• Daniel Daniel
    May 13, 2008
    For about a week, I've been "smelling" smoke when nobody else does-at work, home, non-smoking places
    Daniel Daniel
    May 13, 2008

    I recently had a very severe sinus infection. Took a z-pack, when I still had symptoms, took another antibiotic. I feel better now, but I'm experiencing this constant sensation of "smelling smoke" when there is none.

    I don't smoke. Nobody in my family or my workplace smokes. I've never had a smoker in my car, yet I "smell" smoke in all of these places. It's actually the burning sensation of smelling smoke in my nose, my eyes, back of throat, that is identical to smelling cigarette smoke, but I'm the only one in the room who experiences it. This is almost constant, and it is driving me crazy.

    Any thoughts on what this might be?

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  • JB
    JB
    May 23, 2008
    JB
    JB
    May 23, 2008
    Hi Daniel,   That's a weird one! But I think I know what you mean. I've experienced similar sensations before, but not a severe as yours (and they didn't last very long).   I looked around online and found out about something called olfactory hallucinations or "phantosmia." Yeah, sounds crazy. And it might be. According to the MayoClinic.com, phantosmia could be an indication of brain damage, schizophrenia or Alzheimer's Disease. Read more about it by clicking this link.   By the way, do you have migraines? Sometimes people who have migraines experience strange sensory events -- like smells or bright flashes of light or spots -- before the migraine hits. Those sensory events are called the migraine's aura.   The MayoClinic.com site also says that phantosmia could also mean that there's been damage to your smell receptors. Either way, because it could be a sign of a serious illness, you need to see your doctor right away to get help finding out what the problem is. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. READ MORE
    • Colleen
      October 18, 2010
      Colleen
      October 18, 2010

      Thank the Good Lord, I thought I was nuts smelling smoke at times!!! Thankyou all for the information, I will talk to my Dr. abou this.

      Again A million Hugs and Thanks,

      Colleen

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    • lulu
      October 21, 2010
      lulu
      October 21, 2010

      finally after alomst a year of "smelling smoke" off and on,  I get woken up by it at 4:30am! A light goes on..."google it stupid" I have been cleaning out my fireplace, shampooing my carpets, going nuts to get rid of the smell.....lol oh my, i could almost cry right now. I HATE THE SMELL! I am so so glad I am not the only one. Guess Ill be calling the doc...when they open...

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    • Daren
      October 22, 2010
      Daren
      October 22, 2010

      Thanks goodness I am not alone! This is soooooo weird. Mine started just recently, the past few weeks. It is not constant, but periodically through the day no matter where I am at. And it does smell like the smoke from damp wood burning. It has had be thinking and a bit worried so I even told my colleagues at work about it and showed them all where the fire extinquishers are just in case I spontaneouly combust.. just put me out if that happens!

       

      Daren

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    • Kimberly
      January 22, 2011
      Kimberly
      January 22, 2011

      I have been experiencing this for two weeks. It is driving me mad! Someone please help! This is making me crazy. :(

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    • marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011
      marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011

      Did you ever get a answere to your problem? I spent over 11 hundred dollars trying to find out where the smell was comming from that no one else could smell.PLUMBERS,SEPTIC, AIR DUCTS.WATER HEATER REPLACED. I went and seen a ENT. he acted as if I was crazy.He did order a CT. I'm waiting on results still.Suppose to find something out next week. write back,thanks. Marvin.

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    • marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011
      marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011
      Did you ever get a answere to your problem? I spent over 11 hundred dollars trying to find out where the smell was comming from that no one else could smell.PLUMBERS,SEPTIC, AIR DUCTS.WATER HEATER REPLACED. I went and seen a ENT. he acted as if I was crazy.He did order a CT. I'm waiting on results still.Suppose to find something out next week. write back,thanks. Marvin. READ MORE
    • marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011
      marvin bourque
      January 29, 2011

      Did you ever get a answere to your problem? I spent over 11 hundred dollars trying to find out where the smell was comming from that no one else could smell.PLUMBERS,SEPTIC, AIR DUCTS.WATER HEATER REPLACED. I went and seen a ENT. he acted as if I was crazy.He did order a CT. I'm waiting on results still.Suppose to find something out next week. write back,thanks. Marvin.

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    • S. K.
      February 06, 2011
      S. K.
      February 06, 2011
      I have had this problem of what I guess are smelling odors that probably aren't there off and on for months ever since I lost much of my sense of smell after a respiratory virus.  I have read that loss of the sense of smell and smell hallucinations can result from damage to the smell receptors in the nose from an infection.  This sometimes drives me nuts, because it seems so real.  My son mentioned to me that someone told him about a relative who had had loss of the sense of smell from chemotherapy, and that they regained it after taking zinc supplements for a while.  So, if it worked in that case I am trying it.  I only just started, so I'll see.  (There have been reports of loss of the sense of smell from using those zinc nasal sprays, but of course taking it by mouth is a completely different thing, since not getting enough zinc causes loss of the sense of smell.) READ MORE
    • JCB
      JCB
      February 17, 2011
      JCB
      JCB
      February 17, 2011

      Marvin,

      I would be really interested to hear what the ENT found on the CT, if anything. I have had the same problem--smoke smell--since August 2010. Went to ENT for CT a couple weeks ago. The only thing he found was a slightly enlarged pituitary gland (which he said probably means nothing) and a little congestion in the sac right in front of the pituitary.

       

      My sinuses were clear otherwise, although I have a terribly deviated septum. But I've always had that apparently.

       

      I'm Iron deficient, Vit.D deficient, but those have been around for longer than the smell.

       

      The only other thing that's new since August is that I started a workout plan and dropped 20 pounds. Anyone else out there lost weight simultaneously with this problem?

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    • Dede
      February 28, 2011
      Dede
      February 28, 2011

      I have been smelling cig smoke where there is none as well. I saw a neurologist and he thinks I am having simple partial seizures.  I do not lose consciousness, but only smell the smoke.

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    • JCB
      JCB
      February 28, 2011
      JCB
      JCB
      February 28, 2011

      "I saw a neurologist and he thinks I am having simple partial seizures."


      Why does he think you are having seizures? This seems to be one of the reoccurring themes in our discussion--seizures and/or seizrure medication. Is there a test that he gave you that indicates that you are having seizures?

       

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    • Julia
      March 03, 2011
      Julia
      March 03, 2011

      I just found this website and I can't believe that there are other people who actually smell smoke when there is NO SMOKE, too!!  Not that I'm glad anyone else is suffering with this, I just thought it was me : (  No one in my family smells the smoke besides me.  I have been suffering with this for over 2-years now and no physician has figured it out.  Went to my family MD and ENT who ordered a CT, nothing to answer why I am smelling smoke.  Surely there is a specialist somewhere who has dealt with this before.  Does anyone have any suggestions at all??  I can't stand this anymore, it makes me so nauseated...

      Julia 

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    • missdaisy
      March 08, 2011
      missdaisy
      March 08, 2011

      I too have had this problem for a couple of years. I noticed it after a very severe sinus infection and bronchitis. After I was "well" it started. But I didn't realize that, or connect the dots until about a year later. this May it will be three years. It is subsiding a little. Only comes and goes. but up until now it was constant. Shifting from cig smoke to gasoline...even to the point where my eyes watered and I would sneeze. I guess if I had a brain tumor I'd be dead already. So I just live with it.

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    • Wendy
      March 28, 2011
      Wendy
      March 28, 2011

      I just found this website too. I am actually amazed that anyone else has this problem. But it is driving me crazy. I thought maybe I was getting smoke from the apartment next door but noone else  smells this but me and I don't even know if they smoke. It is driving me crazy. I can't stand it. It comes and goes. I read where some doctors talk about seizures. Could this actually be acurate. I am going to put a scent out and see if that helps cover this smell. I am actually getting sick from the cigarette smell. Sorry anyone else has to suffer with this but glad to see I'm not alone....Wendy

       

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    • TMac
      April 05, 2011
      TMac
      April 05, 2011

      I have... I dropped 31 pounds since January 2011... Over the course of three months.... I wondered if that had anything to do with it.  I just saw my ENT today, who found nothing, but is scheduling an MRI for me in the near future.....

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    • Doug
      April 11, 2011
      Doug
      April 11, 2011

      I'm so glad I found all of the other people who are experiencing this besides me (I'm not glad that you are experiencing it, but that I'm not alone, or worse yet, crazy!). I too, thought I was getting cigarette smoke from the apartment next door, but that was proven to me not to be the case. It was driving me nuts, I could SWEAR I smelled the smoke. But when a long time friend did not smell what I could plainly smell and looked at me quizzically, I knew something was up.

      In October 2009 I had alcohol-related seizures that landed me in the ICU for 7 days. Luckily I had not experienced any long-term effects that I could tell. This smoke smelling has only been present for about the last 4 months or so, that I can recall. Could it be related? What triggered it? I don't know.

      I'm unemployed and have no insurance so I guess I'll just have to try to live with it and ignore it.

      Doug

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    • Broodie
      April 19, 2011
      Broodie
      April 19, 2011

      Can you tell me how I can inform someone of this who is in complete denial...

       

      My roomate has had these symptoms for 2 months now and hes proceeding to try and ruin my life because he thinks that I smoke in his room when hes gone and blow smoke towards his room when he sleeps but he wont listen to me at all, I'm getting really stressed out.

       

      I've tried talking to him but he yells over me, wakes me up at nights/morning banging on my door and screaming profanities.

       

      Recently hes been trying hard to deter my landlords from giving me my damage deposit, because I'm definitely moving out. He's also talked trash behind my back to my family and friends...

       

      Anyways, How can I guaranteed convince an unreasonable/unrational person of this?!

      I'm warm hearted in nature and while he's really really getting on my nerves I dont wanna see him go insane.

       

      FYI: We are both smokers, after a month of him complaining I decided to stop smoking for 1.5 weeks without telling him just to see if it really was me. On the seventh day that I stopped he came shouting at my door really aggressively, so I woke up and got dressed (I had been asleep for around 6 hours) and went to the hallway. His eyes were glossed over and he said he could see my cigarette smoke in the air, but I didnt see anything. Then he said his room was filled with the smell so I asked him if I could go in his room and smell, I did and I smelled 0% smoke at all.

       

      Please give me a hand if you can I'm super stressed out and hope this information helps :(

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    • Phyllis
      April 21, 2011
      Phyllis
      April 21, 2011

      Over the past few days I have been smelling cigarette smoke where there is none. I had a friend last year who went through the same thing and was told there may be a brain tumor, had a CT and they found nothing.  They symptoms went away for him.  As mine continues yet again today, I wondered what could be the cause.  I just started putting antibiotics in my ear for an possible infection and thought it might be that.  Now that you mention possible partial seizures, it makes me wonder if its connected to these mini-seizures I began having when hitting my head hard.  I went through a huge battery of tests for epilepsy including MRI and CT and they found nothing.  I do have a displaced c7 verterbrae pressing into my spinal cord that may have contributed to the mini-seizures and perhaps this smell of cigarette smoke is connected to this as well.  It is so weird!!

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    • gotsparkles
      April 27, 2011
      gotsparkles
      April 27, 2011

      I almost cried when I found this!!  It is such a relief to know that I am (hopefully) not going crazy! 

       

      I have never had a very good sense of smell, that is until I got pregnant.  We live in a single family home and during my pregnancy I could actually smell our neighbors smoking inside their home. 

       

      Well our son is now 19 months old and, even though I cannot smell other scents as acutely as I did when pregnant, I still smell cigarette smoke like it's right next to me.  The problem is, it apparently isn't there... Not in my home, or my car, or my place of work.  No one else can smell it.  It's not constant, but occurs several times (maybe a dozen or more) throughout the day.  It's awful - my eyes and throat burn, I can't breathe in through my nose. I can take a full breath with my mouth, so I know it's not a lung capacity issue...  I really wish I could get rid of it!!

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    • gotsparkles
      April 27, 2011
      gotsparkles
      April 27, 2011

      I almost cried when I found this!!  It is such a relief to know that I am (hopefully) not going crazy! 

       

      I have never had a very good sense of smell, that is until I got pregnant.  We live in a single family home and during my pregnancy I could actually smell our neighbors smoking inside their home. 

       

      Well our son is now 19 months old and, even though I cannot smell other scents as acutely as I did when pregnant, I still smell cigarette smoke like it's right next to me.  The problem is, it apparently isn't there... Not in my home, or my car, or my place of work.  No one else can smell it.  It's not constant, but occurs several times (maybe a dozen or more) throughout the day.  It's awful - my eyes and throat burn, I can't breathe in through my nose. I can take a full breath with my mouth, so I know it's not a lung capacity issue...  I really wish I could get rid of it!!

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    • AcidGirl
      May 11, 2011
      AcidGirl
      May 11, 2011

      Just dropped 17 pounds and started smelling what I would characterize as more of a dryer lint or dusty smell. Through research, I am fairly convinced that this is caused by Acid Reflux. I have had problems with it on and off for years and since I've been dieting and exercising the reflux has been pretty intense. I believe the smoky strange smell is due to gases that are released from our stomachs due to the reflux. Have you noticed that the smell is more present when you are sitting? This is because of your stomach being compressed and exacerbating the reflux. And even if you havent noticed the common symptoms of reflux, such as burning sensation, etc, you can still have it - its known as A-symptomatic Acid Reflux, I believe.

       

      For those saying things about brain tumors and such, I really wish you would stop. Yes, sometimes serious medical problems are present and if you are concerned you should always see your doctor, but seeing how many people have/are experiencing this weird symptom, what do you think is more likely - that we all have brain tumors or a much more common issue like acid reflux. When you consider a typical modern diet and stress levels we endure, it just makes sense.

       

      I just started taking Prevacid 5/11/11, which I was on a few years back and really helped with the reflux - so far the smell has been reduced, and I expect that as the medicine does its thing and the reflux disappates, so will the odd smell/taste.

       

       

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    • JCB
      JCB
      May 11, 2011
      JCB
      JCB
      May 11, 2011

      I think you're on to something as is the person who mentioned coffee and milk. The things we eat and the acid reflux make a lot of sense. I have noticed the problem is worse when I am sitting and/or laying down. It is also worse when I am digesting after eating or drinking foods high in tannins (coffee, black tea) because these inhibit digestion. Reducing the coffee has really helped (boohoo!).

       

      The problem is better when I eat salad at dinner and (this may seem counterintuitive) use vinegar as dressing. The vinegar really cuts down on acid reflux.

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    • Reta
      May 21, 2011
      Reta
      May 21, 2011

      You are not alone.  My doctor ordered extensive tests including an MRI of my head and found nothing.  Ruling out all possible physical causes, she diagnosed it as a migraine aura.  Migraines do not always result in pounding headache.  Mine don't.  I will get a mild headache if the smell is long lasting or intense causing me to sneeze or eyes burn.  Stress will also bring on the smell which is often associated with migraine.  I have just learned to live with it and as time goes on, I notice it, but it doesn't drive me insane as it did when it first started.

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    • Ann
      Ann
      May 26, 2011
      Ann
      Ann
      May 26, 2011

      It was only out of desperation I googled it.  I would never have thought this happens to others. I am neither a smoker nor anyone in my family.  Months ago I started smelling cigarette smoke in my office to the point where I could not breathe. Hovever, no one else smelt it.  The smell was so intense that I left the office in search of the person smoking near by. I started to worry when I would smell cigarette smoke in my car, at home etc.  The episodes occurred for some months and then it stopped as suddenly as it appeared. Nearly forgot about it when it all started again two days ago.  I am home by myself at this moment and the cigarette smoke is taking my breath away. What amuses me is "why cigarette smoke" and not roses??? :-) The sad think is I have never thought to mention it to my doctor.

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    • CR
      CR
      June 03, 2011
      CR
      CR
      June 03, 2011

      What was your CT scan said?

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    • Lily
      June 18, 2011
      Lily
      June 18, 2011

      Oh man, I tore my place up looking for the smell and it's not to be found. I too have a) Acif Reflux b) have recently lost 20 pounds (dieting makes reflux worse - the lighter my meal the worse I feel which is wierd) and c) I had severe bronchitis in December around the time this all started.

       

      Wow.  I recently (about 5 years ago had a Brain MRI to check for MS and all was fine) so unless it's something new I don't think it's that. I think it's something related to a, b, c above. I've started doing sinus irrigation with salt water just to see if it helps anything

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    • Cathy
      June 24, 2011
      Cathy
      June 24, 2011

      I fell down my steps about 6 months ago and landed on my face on a concrete floor.  I had a severe concussion, and I still suffer from daily headaches (concussion headaches are very different from normal headaches or migraines).  I was smelling smoke for days, and I finally googled it and found this site.  I was so relieved to know that there are other people experiencing the same thing.  My "concussion" doctor said it is completely normal.  Today, I am smelling skunk, and there is none in my office.  I hope it all goes away soon - the smells make me nauseated!  My doctor tells me that I should be thankful for being 6 feet above the ground instead of 6 feet below the ground.  I agree.  Good luck to everyone! 

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    • TXJoy
      June 28, 2011
      TXJoy
      June 28, 2011

      Not necessarly. It is still prudent to get a work up by a Neurologist to rule out tumors (yes they can be slow growing), seziures, pituitary problems, sinus issues including cancers. If all is clear, then just live with it. 

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    • Alicia
      July 01, 2011
      Alicia
      July 01, 2011

      I have been smelling a smokey smell too!  And guess what?  I started walking to lose weight almost three months ago and have since lost 27 pounds.  And now I have this strange smell I can't seem to get away from.  I can tell it's only in my nose and not from external factors.  In fact, last night I had trouble sleeping just from the strong oder making me feel sick to my stomach.  I'm going to try to find out more about this....let me know if you have found anything out since writing this!  Thanks!

       

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    • Robert W
      July 05, 2011
      Robert W
      July 05, 2011

      Just by chance my wife tolf to Google it, and I can't believe all of the people who have the same symptoms.  For about three months now all I can smwll is cigarette smoke.  I quit in 1981 and my wife quit in 1978.  We live in a condo and none of our neighbors smoke either.  And yes, it's driving me nuts too.  On July 18th. I'm going in for an endoscopy & colonoscopy, I hope that this may show the reason for this wierd symptom. No body else who comes into our home smells it, but I smell it all the time, even while outside or in a restaraunt.

       

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    • lotl
      July 20, 2011
      lotl
      July 20, 2011

      Yes, I recently lost 20 pounds from eating less food and the smoke smell has started since losing the weight. I just had a CT scan and it came back normal. I see my Dr. next week. I read something on another forum that it could be related to acide reflux. I do not have any symptoms of acid reflux but the poster said you can have it without having symptoms. i am thinking of trying some Prevacid or other OTC med and see if the smells go away.

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    • Where's the fire
      July 22, 2011
      Where's the fire
      July 22, 2011

      Way to say it Acid girl.  I totally agree about dropping the whole brain tumor thing.  The thought of having a brain tumor only stikes fear into those of us suffering with this chronic "smoke smell".  Of course the fear leads to worry and of-course stress from worrying increases the acid reflux.  Absolutely brilliant!  Looking back after reading your comments - I now realize that I should have taken up stock in "TUMS" I go through about a bottle a week.  Unfortunately I have yet to experience the weight-loss problem.  Perhaps if I can put up with the "smoke" a few months longer I can finally lose those unwanted pounds.

      I have read other articals that also suggest that the smell could be caused by an undiagnoised chronic fungus infection.  This could be sinus and or upper respiratory.  Symtoms include the smoke smell as well as dry, itchy, watery eyes from time to time.  I do tend to have sinus issues especially during this time of year. Thanks to your information and those articles I now feel well armed to go ahead and contact my physician and not have to worry about being sent to the "Looney Bin".

       

      Either of these two diagnosis - sound much better than a brain tumor!

       

      Signed: Waiting for the smoke to clear

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    • fert
      July 22, 2011
      fert
      July 22, 2011

      vinegar is a weak acid and acts as a buffer...

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    • LucyKitty8
      July 24, 2011
      LucyKitty8
      July 24, 2011

      I'm ecstatic to find out I am not alone with this problem.  I have had it for over a year now.  I have had migraines in the past and am wondering if this is connected.  I was hesitant to mention this to my doctor since I have so many other ailments I know he'll think I'm nuts.  But I have to ask now.....it has been driving me crazy...even the eyes burning.  Thank you for your post.

       

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    • g808
      July 24, 2011
      g808
      July 24, 2011

      Oh my. I was so baffled as to why my boyfriend could not smell this noxiuos burning smell that plagues my days and nights. To me it smells like plastic burning. But I only experience it in our bedroom. I was convinced that the wires were burning in the walls! But NO ONE ELSE smells this. It is so strong that it makes my eyes burn and water all the time. And I swear I can feel like a coating of soot from this smoke smell in my nose and down the back of my throat. It even feels like it is permeating down to my stomach making me nauseaus. It also seemed to make my bones ache and seems to affect my memory as well as makes me lethargic, so I was certain is was some kind of poisonous fumes. The odd thing is that my little dog that stays in the same room as I smell it in has started hacking/choking/coughing. I too get a flem build up from what I thought was a layer of soot from the burning substance. I have always had an excellent sense of smell and a very sensitive pallate. There was an occassion where I smelled a gas leak when no one else could. This is baffling. So many people with this symptom. If it is a brain tumor it is probalbly from using cell phones. Is there anyone experiencing this that hasn't used a cellphone? It is hard for me to accept this. We are going to rent an air sensor that detects gases and fumes. I will definitely post the results. If they do come back negative I will definitely be making a Dr.s appt. P.S. I am a long time smoker, I have been experiencing this off and on for the past 2-3 years (mostly on) and only while I sit on our leather couch in our room, which is most of the day and night...So what is it that we all have in common that is causing this symptom? Could it be our cell phones? The Swiss did find that it caused brain tumors in rats. After pondering I have a few other possibilities: Silver fillings and/or root canals. As an assistant I have observed Dr.s heating a metal instrument in order to seal the gutta percha in the canals to finalize the root canal. Smoke would appear when the hot metal seared the gutta percha and that could now be seaping into out nasal passages and down our throats and stomaches and up into our orbital cavities. Maybe. Plausable. We need to take a poll of everyone experiencing this to find out what is causing it. Truly bothersome. Any suggestions anyone?Undecided

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    • g808
      July 27, 2011
      g808
      July 27, 2011

      So we used a tester and it didn't detect anything. Bummer. Hope it is not a brain tumor. But unlike everyone else, I only smell it in our one room. No where else. Weird. Oh well, 2012!Cool

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    • g808
      July 27, 2011
      g808
      July 27, 2011

      So we used a tester and it didn't detect anything. Bummer. Hope it is not a brain tumor. But unlike everyone else, I only smell it in our one room. No where else. Weird. Oh well, 2012!Cool

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    • nose trouble
      August 05, 2011
      nose trouble
      August 05, 2011

      Hey Doug, I feel for you, mine isn't exactly a smoke smell so much as a burning smell but I think it may be computer related. I just started using computers last April 2010 and have had trouble with smells ever sense, could be acid reflux or bile reflux or something to that effect because we are bent in half most of the day but also our nasal passages get dried out a lot faster than if we were outside breathing the fresh air, I tried moisterizers but i just dry up to fast so I am going to give a go at no comp for 30 days and see if things return to normal. My Drs can find no problems Ct scans, antibiotics, acid reducers no luck SOOOOOO. No computer whats to lose?  

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    • nose trouble
      August 05, 2011
      nose trouble
      August 05, 2011

      Hey Doug, I feel for you, mine isn't exactly a smoke smell so much as a burning smell but I think it may be computer related. I just started using computers last April 2010 and have had trouble with smells ever sense, could be acid reflux or bile reflux or something to that effect because we are bent in half most of the day but also our nasal passages get dried out a lot faster than if we were outside breathing the fresh air, I tried moisterizers but i just dry up to fast so I am going to give a go at no comp for 30 days and see if things return to normal. My Drs can find no problems Ct scans, antibiotics, acid reducers no luck SOOOOOO. No computer whats to lose?  

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    • Treasurechick
      August 05, 2011
      Treasurechick
      August 05, 2011

      I have had this issue on and off for about a year now. I do not normally have sinus issues. I have however owned a cleaning business for 15 years in the past and now worry that the chemicals I used has somehow caused me to be ultra sensitive to smell or to smell things that are not there. I dread doctors. I really don't want to go even though I have insurance. I'm glad I'm not alone (although sorry you all suffer with this too). I will probably have it checked out soon though. It even makes my chest ache like I need to cough from the smell. I don't have any congestion at all. Its just like someone is nearby smoking or was in the room before me smoking and I'm not working or living with any smokers. 

       

       

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    • Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011
      Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011

      I am so relieved to read that I'm not alone.  This 'smoke' thing has been bothering me off and on for a couple of months.  I had a head trauma about six years ago which left some deficits.   At one point, some of my physicians were concerned about Alzheimer’s. I also developed throat allergies to 'summer' two years ago and it has been a long, hot, humid one here in OH so my allergiy has gone from throat to ears and nose with allergy medicine not helping.  BTW, I have since been evaluated as not having dementia of any kind (a fact my brothers still refuse to believe) just still have the aforementioned head injury deficits.  So I can take my pick of causes, and I am not rushing back to the doctor (for a while, I felt like the guy from Verizon with the 'network' outside - only mine was a network of specialists).  BUT, it is a relief to know it isn't so abnormal.  Thank heavens it is only cigarette smoke I am fantasizing - it could be worse (maybe I’ll add a gorgeous George Clooney type hunk to the smoke in my head – that might make smelling the ‘smoke’ worth it).  Thanks for the chance to share.

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    • Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011
      Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011

      I am so relieved to read that I'm not alone.  This 'smoke' thing has been bothering me off and on for a couple of months.  I had a head trauma about six years ago which left some deficits.   At one point, some of my physicians were concerned about Alzheimer’s. I also developed throat allergies to 'summer' two years ago and it has been a long, hot, humid one here in OH so my allergiy has gone from throat to ears and nose with allergy medicine not helping.  BTW, I have since been evaluated as not having dementia of any kind (a fact my brothers still refuse to believe) just still have the aforementioned head injury deficits.  So I can take my pick of causes, and I am not rushing back to the doctor (for a while, I felt like the guy from Verizon with the 'network' outside - only mine was a network of specialists).  BUT, it is a relief to know it isn't so abnormal.  Thank heavens it is only cigarette smoke I am fantasizing - it could be worse (maybe I’ll add a gorgeous George Clooney type hunk to the smoke in my head – that might make smelling the ‘smoke’ worth it).  Thanks for the chance to share.

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    • Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011
      Dreampusher
      August 07, 2011

      I am so relieved to read that I'm not alone.  This 'smoke' thing has been bothering me off and on for a couple of months.  I had a head trauma about six years ago which left some deficits.   At one point, some of my physicians were concerned about Alzheimer’s. I also developed throat allergies to 'summer' two years ago and it has been a long, hot, humid one here in OH so my allergiy has gone from throat to ears and nose with allergy medicine not helping.  BTW, I have since been evaluated as not having dementia of any kind (a fact my brothers still refuse to believe) just still have the aforementioned head injury deficits.  So I can take my pick of causes, and I am not rushing back to the doctor (for a while, I felt like the guy from Verizon with the 'network' outside - only mine was a network of specialists).  BUT, it is a relief to know it isn't so abnormal.  Thank heavens it is only cigarette smoke I am fantasizing - it could be worse (maybe I’ll add a gorgeous George Clooney type hunk to the smoke in my head – that might make smelling the ‘smoke’ worth it).  Thanks for the chance to share.

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    • traceys67
      August 12, 2011
      traceys67
      August 12, 2011
      OMG!! I just started smelling this annoying smoke smell over the last three days. I'm lying down now and it's stronger than ever. I feel like I'm at a bar, but no one smokes in our home!! I am so shocked to hear how common this is. I just got over a serious sinus infection that came complete with vertigo episodes. I also lost my smell completely!! (at this poiny, I'd prefer to go back to the nonsmelling problem). I just finished a predasone pack and another super strong antibiotic and have been feeling wonderful until this smoke smell began. I just don't know what to do. The whole brain Tumor thing is freaking me out. I just finished shelling out 1100 bucks for all of that previous care (no health insurance) and I just don't want to put that kind of money out there again. Grrrrrrrrr If anybody is interested in chatting about this, I could really use a friend who doesn't think I'm nuts because I claim to smell smoke. My husband thinks I'm exaggerating. He doesn't understand how I can smell smoke and he can't. I need a friend. My email is traceys67 at gmail dot com. (I typef it out in case they discourage that in the forum.) Regards, Tracey READ MORE
    • vi
      vi
      August 23, 2011
      vi
      vi
      August 23, 2011

      I started having this experience in August of 2010 too.  I live in the Grand Prairie area, could it be environmental or allergy medication related?

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    • pisces_child
      August 24, 2011
      pisces_child
      August 24, 2011

      I came across this site while seeking a similar answer, only mine is even more baffling!  Not only am I smelling the smoke, I came home from work the other day & kissed my husband, and he became defensive, and said my mouth tasted like cigarettes.  He wanted to know when I started smoking, which I denied, so then he accused of kissing someone who had been smoking (which I had not done).  I don't smoke, drink, use illlegal drugs, or cheat.  So I am baffled.  It has been going on for about a month now & I'm worried.  Any ideas?

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    • Amy
      Amy
      August 24, 2011
      Amy
      Amy
      August 24, 2011

      Hi Tracey, my name is Amy and I have been experiencing this for a number of years. I don't even really tell anyone anymore because they all think I am crazy. I used to smell it over 7 years ago when I lived in a really old house with my dad. Thought it might be the lights or something. Well I have recently begun smelling it again. It has popped up here and there over the years but it is really bugging me now. Sometimes I think it is the coffee maker, but then it is not even on. It is so weird. I don't even know what to do or think!

       

      Amy

       

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    • Diana
      August 29, 2011
      Diana
      August 29, 2011

      Hi Tracey, my name is Diana and like Amy I've been experiencing this for a number of years (about ten). For me the smell has changed over the years - it started like dust, changed to smoke and is now just an unpleasant conbination of the two. Sometimes it's so strong it makes me feel sick and my eyes burn - I just have to go to bed and sleep to escape from it. It appears to be exacerbated at times of stress but other than this I have not been unable to link it to any food, drink or illness. I had a sinus scan about a year ago but this showed nothing. My ENT consultant is baffled. It does seem strange that so many people are suffering the same and yet no one has an accurate diagnosis. Diana

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    • sothrnblze
      August 29, 2011
      sothrnblze
      August 29, 2011

      Hi, I'm experiencing the same problem and I can't get rid of the smell of smoke. I know I have mold in my home. I want to know taking the medicine for acid reflux helped you?

       

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    • sothrnblze
      August 29, 2011
      sothrnblze
      August 29, 2011

      Hi, I'm experiencing the same problem and I can't get rid of the smell of smoke. I know I have mold in my home. I want to know taking the medicine for acid reflux helped you?

       

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    • EJ
      EJ
      September 01, 2011
      EJ
      EJ
      September 01, 2011
      Hi Diana, I've had this problem for a long time too! I've asked for years, do you smell that cigarett smoke, recently it's changed to just a smoke smell and the smell of dust. I've not had any medical testing done or questioned my doc about it. I do have migraines, but I had them a long time before I started smelling smoke. I see my dr tomorrow and will mention it, but I don't expect anything out of it! EJ READ MORE
    • Amy
      Amy
      September 06, 2011
      Amy
      Amy
      September 06, 2011

      I also  have been experiencing the cigarette smell for the past month - and it is literally making me sick.  In reading all of the comments, I think weight loss has something to do with it.  I lost about 50 pounds rather quickly about a year ago (stress) and then another 15 pounds over 2 months.  Part of the losing the last 15 pounds is due to the constant cigarette smell that I smell.  It seems so odd, but the constant nasty smell and now a constant dull aching headache (probably due to lack of food) that makes it hard for me to keep food down or even want to eat.  I was also told that I have some nerve damage in my foot.  Going to a neurologist next week and will discuss the smoke smell as I didn't originally talk about it to my primary doc.  Do you think it could be from a vitamin deficiency or something?  I know I am not at my healthiest and am wonder if others are in the same place.  Lost alot of weight-maybe too much and may not be eating healthy now which could cause a vitamin deficiency and maybe even nerve damage.  It is making me crazy. 

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    • Lauramommyof2
      October 02, 2011
      Lauramommyof2
      October 02, 2011

      Hi Tracey, I have been doing this for about a year now too...I have a terrible post nasal drip cough which is caused by really bad allergies which I have recently started taking shots for hopefully they will start helping soon.  I started feeling like this when I was working at a grocery store and in the entry way it always smelled like cigarette smoke because people would put their cigarettes out before going into the store but I haven't worked there in over 8 months and I still smell it occasionally and no one in my house smokes either.  It's the strangest thing and I don't even mention it to anyone anymore because they would think I am crazy.  I am really glad I am not crazy and that other people have this same issue.  It must have something to do with allergies or maybe acid reflux, maybe the chronic cough I have is caused by acid reflux but the only thing is I don't usually have heartburn or anything just a cough that almost feels like asthma but it's not because I have been tested they said it's post nasal drip.  Right now I am smelling the smoke and have been feeling that way all day, it comes and goes but is very annoying like I am in a bar and need to go get some fresh air but can't get it.  Write me back when you can.  Good luck.  Laura

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    • Karrie
      October 07, 2011
      Karrie
      October 07, 2011

      I have been complaining about the smoke smell for about 2 weeks now.  I smell it at home and at work though both places are smoke free.  I recently started losing weight (15 lbs) and I take Rx for acid reflux.  I have suffered from migraines since third grade and I will turn 50 this year.  I also have a history of sinus problems.  I work at a highly stressful job.  It is wild that so many people experience this "smoke" sensation and we all have the same health issues.  

       

      I have no issues with brain tumors, brain damage, schizophrenia or Alzheimer's Disease.  I am pretty much ruling these out.   

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    • walnutmiss
      October 11, 2011
      walnutmiss
      October 11, 2011

      A number of times over the last few years, I have been awakened by the smell of smoke (wood-burning smoke, not cigarette smoke).  You wondered if there was anyone who experiences a faux odor who doesn't use a cell-phone.  I do not.  I don't have acid reflux; however, recently, I have lost about 15 pounds.  It is past midnight and I got awake thinking our house was on fire.  Doesn't appear to be. I decided to see if I could find an answer on-line and found this sight.  Very strange that so many people have similar weird experiences.

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    • jackid
      October 18, 2011
      jackid
      October 18, 2011

      I too am happy to see so many others with this dust and wood smoky smell.  Last March I had a full furnace check and all of my air ducts sanitized; also had new smoke alarms hard wired in, just 'cause, and compulsive changing of my furnace filters.  Anyway, the smoky smell ended.  This month the problem has reocurred

      so, furnace service again and repeated filter changes. The smell seems to be worse mostly through the time I should be sleeping,but is also apparent in the day time-somtimes even outside.  My eyes get irritated and breathing this smoke in feels heavy in my lungs.  Psycosymatic or not, it's very unsettling.  Next time I see my doctor I'm going to mention it, although it sounds like there's no corrective cure.

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    • Troubled
      October 20, 2011
      Troubled
      October 20, 2011

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with this.  I have bought air cleaners and gotten angry with neighbors thinking they are smoking and the smoke was wafting into my house.  I realized it was coming from me while I was at work, and there is no smoking anywhere near my office.  The intensity of the smell just won't go away.  I open windows, I spray air deodorizer just to get some relief. 

       

      There was a comment made earlier about losing weight.  I just lost a ton of weight within the last five months, and the problem seems to have exacerbated.  I am talking to my doctor about it, but I suspect there isn't much that can be done.  I just need a reprieve.  I HATE the smell of cigarette smoke. 

       

      Thank you everyone for sharing and helping me to not feel like such a loony. 

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    • miles
      October 23, 2011
      miles
      October 23, 2011

      Thank God for confirming that I'm not crazy. Mine started about a two weeks ago. All of a sudden I smell this cigarette smoke inside my office. The funny thing is nobody in the office smokes. I smoke for a decade and been clean for seven years now. But I still remember the smell of the cigarette. The worst part is, it's the smell of a second hand smoke. I told my wife that someone is trying to "voodoo" me or something for I am the only one smelling the smoke. It's just good to know that I am not the only one experiencing this weird thing. I'll try to set up an appointment with my doctor soon and hope she will solve my problem. To those who post their experiences in here. You guys are awesome. Kind Regards, Miles

       

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    • Lovescoffee123
      October 24, 2011
      Lovescoffee123
      October 24, 2011

      HI the first time I experienced this was when I was pregnant too. I thought it was  something to do with hormones. It would come and go, but even now not pregnant it happens. I feel like someone is right next to me smoking, and no one in my home smokes. Very freaky, strange. I would love to know what is causing this? I was very surprised to see so many people have the same problem!

       

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    • Mara
      October 30, 2011
      Mara
      October 30, 2011

      Hey Marvin, I have been on a work outplan and have been smelling smoke for about a month now.  I'm thinking it might be the combo of the shakes and the ingredients in them and another supplement i tried about a month ago.  I was thinking the combo was creating it so I stop the other suppements and I still smell it almost taste it :(

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    • Linda Millett
      November 08, 2011
      Linda Millett
      November 08, 2011

      Dear Coleen,

       Although I am 67 I am fit and healthy but for a few weeks now I have been smelling stale cigarette smoke! nobody else can smell it though so I keep quiet about it. Then yesterday I had pins and needles on one side of my head and face it lasted a few seconds so I forgot about it. Then five hours later it happened again but this time I tried to speak but could not. I took an aspirin and phoned the National Health Help Line within the hour I was in hospital having tests, it appeared I had had two mini strokes. I was surprised to be alive the following morning when I went back to the hospital for next artery scans and MRI scan. All normal so the specialist said that she believes I am suffering from migraine although I have never had that before. I still have a left sided headache..... I never mentioned the smell to her as I never thought it would be related till I asked "the computer"

      best wishes

       

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    • RD Murray C.A.D.C.
      November 23, 2011
      RD Murray C.A.D.C.
      November 23, 2011

                Being in the field of addiction, I can report that it's NOT always an indicator of a larger problem! I would first ask if this individual has recently stopped smoking cigarettes , or marijuana? It's common that one starts to smell the substance about twenty to thirty days after discontinuing the substance that he or she had been using,(smoking) or ingesting. This process occurs when the chemical begins to exit from the fatty tissue in our body. The substance still has to travel through the blood stream, which means "through the brain", which is where the sensors are (olfactory) that allows one to smell! This only occurs for a couple of seconds once the substance enters the brain but long enough to trigger the smell which the normal reaction is to look around to see where it's coming from? Even though it's a very short process I have had clients report dealing with this problem up to a year. I say problem because of how many of them end up relapsing not knowing or understanding what their body is going through, I always let my clients know that if they do experience this process that it is progress, and evidence that they are clearing up enough which basically means that they are recognizing the (internal body signals) which they were not able to do before, "you can't feel what you can't see". 

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    • RD Murray C.A.D.C.
      November 23, 2011
      RD Murray C.A.D.C.
      November 23, 2011

                Being in the field of addiction, I can report that it's NOT always an indicator of a larger problem! I would first ask if this individual has recently stopped smoking cigarettes , or marijuana? It's common that one starts to smell the substance about twenty to thirty days after discontinuing the substance that he or she had been using,(smoking) or ingesting. This process occurs when the chemical begins to exit from the fatty tissue in our body. The substance still has to travel through the blood stream, which means "through the brain", which is where the sensors are (olfactory) that allows one to smell! This only occurs for a couple of seconds once the substance enters the brain but long enough to trigger the smell which the normal reaction is to look around to see where it's coming from? Even though it's a very short process I have had clients report dealing with this problem up to a year. I say problem because of how many of them end up relapsing not knowing or understanding what their body is going through, I always let my clients know that if they do experience this process that it is progress, and evidence that they are clearing up enough which basically means that they are recognizing the (internal body signals) which they were not able to do before, "you can't feel what you can't see". 

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    • lovetambra
      November 27, 2011
      lovetambra
      November 27, 2011

      This is crazy, I've been smelling smoke for the past three years, but I always thought it was  psychosomatic because my Dad died almost 3 years ago and it always happens when I'm in my home office. I just thought maybe he was visiting me or tormenting me somehow. He was always a jokester and he knew how much I hated smoking. I'm sitting here working right now and I smell it clear as day. I was wondering if it could be some type of tumor or some brain thing, but I don't know, maybe it is just Dad checking up on me and not letting me forget him.... oh by the way, I have 2 monitors on my desk, hmm maybe it is computer related?

       

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    • lovetambra
      November 27, 2011
      lovetambra
      November 27, 2011

      This is crazy, I've been smelling smoke for the past three years, but I always thought it was  psychosomatic because my Dad died almost 3 years ago and it always happens when I'm in my home office. I just thought maybe he was visiting me or tormenting me somehow. He was always a jokester and he knew how much I hated smoking. I'm sitting here working right now and I smell it clear as day. I was wondering if it could be some type of tumor or some brain thing, but I don't know, maybe it is just Dad checking up on me and not letting me forget him.... oh by the way, I have 2 monitors on my desk, hmm maybe it is computer related?

       

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    • Weeny
      December 07, 2011
      Weeny
      December 07, 2011

      It could be the early signs of a lung infection. I suffer from COPD (14 years now after 1st diagnosis :) and whenever I start "smelling" smoke when there's no fire burning, it generally means that an infection is brewing. Usually it's the first sign. Even before the yellow phlegm. As I exhale normally, I 'taste' a slight smoky 'flavor'. What it really is I think is rotting bacteria and old phlegm that the new bacteria is breeding in. And the odor is wafting up as I exhale and then passing up slightly through my sinuses. Thereby giving me the sensation of a bar-bee-queue going on down there. Bummer :(. I'd say look out for that and get with your doctor about finding out for sure. Lung infections can smolder a long time before they get REAL serious and cause you to get pneumonia or kill you or whatever. But the thing is, they do loads of damage to your healthy lung tissue in the interim (which leads to scar tissue and that leads to more infections. Or even COPD like me). Get on an antibiotic asap. I know that's the first thing that I do.

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    • Wetzle
      December 07, 2011
      Wetzle
      December 07, 2011

      It could be the early signs of a lung infection. I suffer from COPD (14 years now after 1st diagnosis :) and whenever I start "smelling" smoke when there's no fire burning, it generally means that an infection is brewing. Usually it's the first sign. Even before the yellow phlegm. As I exhale normally, I 'taste' a slight smoky 'flavor'. What it really is I think is rotting bacteria and old phlegm that the new bacteria is breeding in. And the odor is wafting up as I exhale and then passing up slightly through my sinuses. Thereby giving me the sensation of a bar-bee-queue going on down there. Bummer :(. I'd say look out for that and get with your doctor about finding out for sure. Lung infections can smolder a long time before they get REAL serious and cause you to get pneumonia or kill you or whatever. But the thing is, they do loads of damage to your healthy lung tissue in the interim (which leads to scar tissue and that leads to more infections. Or even COPD like me). Get on an antibiotic asap. I know that's the first thing that I do.

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    • JCMaturan
      December 30, 2011
      JCMaturan
      December 30, 2011

      I use to smoke but kicked the habbit back in 1999.  I have the same problem but it only lasts for a few days.  I thought it was my body trying to get rid of the old tar that was in my lungs long ago

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    • j
      j
      January 13, 2012
      j
      j
      January 13, 2012

      If anyone has started taking Phentermine, to lose weight like myself, I would like to know because I started a month ago and started smelling cigarette smoke.  Glad I'm not in this alone.

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    • vicinaz
      January 16, 2012
      vicinaz
      January 16, 2012

      It is amazing to read ab0out so many with the same sympoms I'm having...smelling a smouldering campfire all the time.  It started about a week ago and at first I was mad at the neighbors burning something all night.  But everyone in my house says they can't smell it.  Then I noticed the smell every where I go so I just realized its all in my head!  I have mygrain caused by hydroceflus (misspelled I'm sure) also known as psuedo tumor.  But have recently started accupunture for the headaches and this problem started as soon as the headaches stopped. Go figure!?!  vic

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    • kashay
      January 25, 2012
      kashay
      January 25, 2012

      I have been taking Phentermine on and off for almost 2 years. I haven't taken it in about two months. I thought I was going crazy a few months ago when I could smell cigarette smoke!! My husband and child couldn't smell it and no one smokes in our home. It went away and it's been back for a week or so now. It's driving me crazy because I HATE that smell! I have been on to my friends, parents, and grandparents all of my life about quitting smoking because it stinks and the side effects and now this!!! This is the first time I've googled it and when people were saying they had lost so much weight I wondered if they had taken Phentermine to do it. I also have had sinus issues lately along with miagranes and acid reflux. I'm going to make a doctors appointment and hopefully figure this out.

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    • Lourdes Martinez
      February 07, 2012
      Lourdes Martinez
      February 07, 2012
      Tracey, I was suffering from same problem and recently realized it was the CFL bulbs in my lamps. Try replacing them with incandescent bulbs and see if there is any change. They can emit mercury vapors and are dangerous. It's worth trying if u have those bulbs. Thankfully I don't smell smoke anymore since replacing them. Good luck READ MORE
    • Misty
      February 20, 2012
      Misty
      February 20, 2012

      I have always thought it was my deceased "chain smoking" father's spirit coming to visit me.  I don't believe in such, but this always happens when I am struggling about something.  In the back of my mind I can hear daddy telling me "don't do it", or "you know better".  It has really been creeping me out.  It feels good to know that others are experiencing this.  I hate the smell, but the thought of daddy being near by makes it tolerable when this happens. 

       

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    • Misty
      February 20, 2012
      Misty
      February 20, 2012

      Lovetambra,

      I completely agree that it is your father checking in on  you.  My daddy was a chain smoker, and this always happens when I am stressed about something major in my life.  Daddy was also a jokester.  He also hated that when he got very sick, that I would not go and buy his cigarrettes.  I do not have any other health problems and I can say that I can sort of feel his presence when this happens.  It took me a while to  figure it out when it first happened about 5 years ago.  My eyes water, and my throat feels as if I am in a smoke filled bar.  I have convinced myself that it is my daddy, and I just deal with it with the comfort of knowing thaat he is watching over me.   I hope this helps to comfort you, even if just a little bit.

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    • ziegan
      March 14, 2012
      ziegan
      March 14, 2012

      Tonight I can't sleep because the smell of smoke throughout my home is soooo bad--and guess what--I'm on Phentermine, losing weight, and a non-smoker.  No acid reflux, though.

       

      I've barely been able to eat today because everything tasted so incredibly bad. I even tried to cheat on my diet to see if I was just sick of my meal plan.  When I ate other foods, they tasted horrible.  Everything tastes horrible.  It's like I can taste every single synthetic chemical used to make up whatever I'm eating.  Very, very weird.

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    • Angela
      March 19, 2012
      Angela
      March 19, 2012

      Hi, my name is Angela and I was looking for an answer, also, to this smoky, musty smell. No one in my house smells it. I may call my Doctor, thought it may be a sinus infection. I normally don't have a very good sense of smell compared to most.  Like others I have lost weight recently and have acid reflux but take Prilosec and don't think it's a problem.

         BUT, have any of you taken diet pills to loose the weight?? I have been on them and wondered if that is the problem? I quit them starting today and will see if it helps. This is so anoying and puzzling!!

        Before this, I also had a strong smoky smell for days after a barbrque a few times. My brothers are big barbeque smokers at competitions, etc. other than that I usually have very little sense of smell.

       

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    • Gina
      March 29, 2012
      Gina
      March 29, 2012

      I just started experiencing the same over the past few days. It is stronger when I am at home, but I noticed it first while at work a few days ago. We have patients that smoke, my neighbors below me smoke, and I was out at a couple of bars earlier this week where people were smoking (something I do rarely, because I HATE smelling like cigarettes).

       

      At first, I thought I was smelling the smoke on myself because I was out at a bar. I smelled my clothes, hair and skin. All to no avail. Usually I could spot a patient who is a smoker from several feet away, but now I can't. Now, as I am sitting down, it smells stronger, and I can almost taste the smell when I breathe through my mouth.

       

      A little more back history: I have been recently sick, within the past two months, with an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. I have seasonal allergies, and am stuffy constantly. Unfortunately, due to a hypersensitivity to even over the counter medications, I cannot get much relief from allergy or sinus medications because they all make me either drowsy, dizzy or nauseaus.

       

      Aside from this being an annoying symptom, I also fear for a safety reason. My sense of smell has always been much more keen than most of the people I know. My teenage son, who has similar sinus issues, has very limited olfactory senses. The smell would have to be very strong or pungent for him to notice it. Therefore, the safety issues would arise if there was a true fire emergency, because no one would smell it!

       

      I am thankful to read these posts and find out that I am not delusional; however, I am not happy that others, as well as myself, are suffering from this olfactory hallucination.

       

      More useful advice would be helpful. Less rhetoric about terminal illnesses would be appreciated. I will look in to getting Tums, or something else, for the possibility of reflux. I have gained several pounds over the last year, and have been suffering from the reflux for about three months, but am doubtful that this is the cause. The sinus issues seem more plausible, but I have been a sinus sufferer my entire life. I seems odd that now, at 41, I would be just starting to smelling the smoke / dust smell.

       

      Thank you for any and all input on this. It is much appreciated!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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    • Trudy
      April 18, 2012
      Trudy
      April 18, 2012

       

      I got on line looking for a possible explanation to why I'm smelling cigarette smoke all the time. My eyes and throat sting like I'm in the presence of smoke. But I've never smoked; I work on a smoke free campus, and live in a smoke free home. About 3 months ago I went to the Doc. thinking I was about to have heart failure. It was acid reflux. It was the first time I had experienced acid reflux. Later my Doc. was concerned about my weight gain and suggested Phentermine. I took 1 daily for about 2 weeks. The constipation became so extreme that I cut back to 1 every 3 days; I lost 20lbs. I did have a sinus infection recently too.

       

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    • captainlaser1
      April 21, 2012
      captainlaser1
      April 21, 2012

      I have had this off and on for more than a year and it appears to be worse when I'm sitting and working on a laptop and, yes, I have CFL lightbulbs.Smile  All these are "causes" for many people.  

       

      But your explanation is the one I'm leaning to most.  I can reduce the smell by cutting out coffee with cream.  And I notice that it is worst when I'm smelling my morning coffee.  Particularly bad is Starbucks Dark Roast.  I think it has to do with too strongly roasted coffee for me and, unfortunately, my morning buzz is all that keeps me going.

       

      I guess if I really can't stand the smell, I'll cut out the coffee, but I'm currently working on the theory that it is in my sinuses from coffee fumes that are not being flushed out.  Perhaps it is creating an infection or are just being "digested" in my sinuses instead of in my stomach.

       

      Thanks for the suggestion.

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    • captainlaser1
      April 21, 2012
      captainlaser1
      April 21, 2012

      I have had this off and on for more than a year and it appears to be worse when I'm sitting and working on a laptop and, yes, I have CFL lightbulbs.Smile  All these are "causes" for many people.  

       

      But your explanation is the one I'm leaning to most.  I can reduce the smell by cutting out coffee with cream.  And I notice that it is worst when I'm smelling my morning coffee.  Particularly bad is Starbucks Dark Roast.  I think it has to do with too strongly roasted coffee for me and, unfortunately, my morning buzz is all that keeps me going.

       

      I guess if I really can't stand the smell, I'll cut out the coffee, but I'm currently working on the theory that it is in my sinuses from coffee fumes that are not being flushed out.  Perhaps it is creating an infection or are just being "digested" in my sinuses instead of in my stomach.

       

      Thanks for the suggestion.

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    • emm
      emm
      April 26, 2012
      emm
      emm
      April 26, 2012

      I've also been smelling cigarette smoke all the time.  It started about 3 weeks ago while I was in the middle of a really bad sinus infection.  Based on many of the posts here I would definitely blame it on the sinus infection.  Hopefully it goes away soon!

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    • Martin Friedman
      May 14, 2012
      Martin Friedman
      May 14, 2012

      SurprisedHello.  My name is Martin.  I live in North Carolina and I have been driving my wife crazy a long time because I too constantly smell smoke when none is around.  Yes, all doctors think we are nuts and right away they have us dying from a tumor.  I have been to ENTs all my life, took every test and nothing shows up.  My wife sometimes thinks I too am exaggerating this.  My wife thinks it is perhaps a factor as to where we live that affects some, not all of us.  We live right by a major airport and naturally, the planes emit gases and fumes that may affect us.  I have always been an allergy sufferer and occasionally have sinusitis.  Nothing I do alleviates this.  I drink water all day.  Doesn't it seem to you that the odor is very like when you pass a house that burned down the previous day - the horrific burning odor?  It stays with you all day and even wakes you up at night?  It comes and goes and I never know when it will occur.  And, absolutely no flames or fire are around when I suffer.  As I am writing this, it is Monday, May 14 and I have it again as I am sitting here while I e-mail you.  Sooo many of us are suffering and no one cares.  As you say, how many times can you pay a doctor who invariably tells you nothing prudent!  You may e-mail me anytime at Friedmanmartin@rocketmail.com.  Thank you for yuur input.

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    • Martin Friedman
      May 14, 2012
      Martin Friedman
      May 14, 2012

      SurprisedHello.  My name is Martin.  I live in North Carolina and I have been driving my wife crazy a long time because I too constantly smell smoke when none is around.  Yes, all doctors think we are nuts and right away they have us dying from a tumor.  I have been to ENTs all my life, took every test and nothing shows up.  My wife sometimes thinks I too am exaggerating this.  My wife thinks it is perhaps a factor as to where we live that affects some, not all of us.  We live right by a major airport and naturally, the planes emit gases and fumes that may affect us.  I have always been an allergy sufferer and occasionally have sinusitis.  Nothing I do alleviates this.  I drink water all day.  Doesn't it seem to you that the odor is very like when you pass a house that burned down the previous day - the horrific burning odor?  It stays with you all day and even wakes you up at night?  It comes and goes and I never know when it will occur.  And, absolutely no flames or fire are around when I suffer.  As I am writing this, it is Monday, May 14 and I have it again as I am sitting here while I e-mail you.  Sooo many of us are suffering and no one cares.  As you say, how many times can you pay a doctor who invariably tells you nothing prudent!  You may e-mail me anytime at Friedmanmartin@rocketmail.com.  Thank you for yuur input.

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    • Marty
      June 04, 2012
      Marty
      June 04, 2012

      Hi Martin. I too have the same symptons. Started about 6 months ago. It only happens when I'm indoors and so far have only noticed it at my house and my mother's house. I have had reflux issues, but not lately. And I do drink coffee every morning. So not sure if gases in the stomach is a part of it as other here have suggested. I do have allergy issues and take over the counter meds for that. 

       

      So similar problems as others here. Good to see I'm not the only one. As long as it is not a sympton of a serious problem, I can live with it. Don't want to change my life style or run a lot of expensive test. But if anyone gets an answer for our problem, I hope they will post it here.

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    • kevadb1
      June 20, 2012
      kevadb1
      June 20, 2012

      Oh thank goodness.  I noticed the smell of smoke a few months back and it took me a while to realize I was the only one smelling it.  I smell it both at work and at home.  I do suffer from migraines and acid reflux, but I haven't had a headache in quite some time, so I'm not sure the smell is related to that.  This is such an annoying problem and I am terrified I have a brain tumor or something.  It is so refreshing to know that others share this odd phenomenon and it may not be a s serious as I thought.  I'm also having problems with my ears being stopped up.  This has been going on for nine months.  I have a doctor's appt in the next month and will probably also see an ENT specialist at UNC Hospitals to try and figure all this out.  I will keep you posted as I hope you will if you find out anything.

       

       

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    • kevadb1
      June 20, 2012
      kevadb1
      June 20, 2012

      Oh thank goodness.  I noticed the smell of smoke a few months back and it took me a while to realize I was the only one smelling it.  I smell it both at work and at home.  I do suffer from migraines and acid reflux, but I haven't had a headache in quite some time, so I'm not sure the smell is related to that.  This is such an annoying problem and I am terrified I have a brain tumor or something.  It is so refreshing to know that others share this odd phenomenon and it may not be a s serious as I thought.  I'm also having problems with my ears being stopped up.  This has been going on for nine months.  I have a doctor's appt in the next month and will probably also see an ENT specialist at UNC Hospitals to try and figure all this out.  I will keep you posted as I hope you will if you find out anything.

       

       

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    • Moe
      Moe
      June 21, 2012
      Moe
      Moe
      June 21, 2012

       

      I have been on Phentermine (a weight loss medicine) and have lost >20 KG. Thinking back now, the smoke smell and phentermine started almost at the same time... I also take Mecardis (hypertension) medication, it immediately caused a nasty dry smelling and breathing issues. Reading the above posts revealed a plausible relationship between weight loss and this nasty smell. I did smoke for 25 years and gave up 5 years ago. 

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    • Nikki C
      July 28, 2012
      Nikki C
      July 28, 2012

      Hello Tracey,

      My name is Niccole and I have been having this same problem for a few days now and it seems worst when im sitting or laying down. My cousin always says "Google is great you can find anything"...so here I am 4:00 am reading to my surprise that others have the same problem.  I have a very senstive sense of smell that my husband always teases me about. I am semi-allergic to cigarette smoke and I avoid it at all cost.  The funny thing is I live in Las Vegas so that is very hard to do but I DO!!!! This smell of smoke is starting to make my throat irrated and my eyes watery.  Which is exactly how I feel when I am anywhere that people smoke for any  period of time.  You are not crazy and as you can see many are going through the same thing!!!!  I checked my neighbors next door because they smoke and I thought it might be coming in my windows...went outside to see if they were in their backyard but they weren't so I went in a checked all my windows anyway...NOTHING!! So, I am totally stumped on this one. I recently was diagnose with kidney cancer and I have went through surgery and now everything is fine and I dont have to have chemo or radiation.  So, I understand not wanting to go through a whole lot more test or money as you mentioned.  I have been reading different responses for about 20 minutes now and they have went from the bizzare tumor to acid reflux...so I really dont know.  To be honest, its better to be safe than sorry so I think we should both talk to our doctors and get a medical opinion and not get all freaked out over other people's self-diagnosing the problem.  I am a true worry wort...I worry about everything.  But in this case I say clam down, don''t panic , and seek medical advice...and yes, unfortunately it's gonna cost us but WE ARE NOT CRAZY and something is happening to us... I hope I've made you feel some better and at ease but if you need to discuss this futher at another time my email is niccole100@msn.com.

       

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    • Nikki C
      July 28, 2012
      Nikki C
      July 28, 2012

      Hi Broodie,

      This is my first time on this site and I seen your post...I am hoping and assuming that you have moved out and all your stress and problems are gone!!!  But just in case you are still dealing with this "special" individual why don't you let him read the post of othe rpeople who have smoke smelling symptoms..in a calm and rational way and then maybe your roommate will see that there is other serious issues here!! He may have a medical problem not a bad roommateWink

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    • Nikki C
      July 28, 2012
      Nikki C
      July 28, 2012

      Hi Broodie,

      This is my first time on this site and I seen your post...I am hoping and assuming that you have moved out and all your stress and problems are gone!!!  But just in case you are still dealing with this "special" individual why don't you let him read the post of othe rpeople who have smoke smelling symptoms..in a calm and rational way and then maybe your roommate will see that there is other serious issues here!! He may have a medical problem not a bad roommateWink

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    • kittyone33
      August 16, 2012
      kittyone33
      August 16, 2012

      It's been a year since almost exactly to the date and even the time but I too have been smelling the smoke smell for a few weeks and it is soooooooooo irritating.  I haven't had any type of sinus infection, don't have migranes and haven't had any signs of acid reflux either.  I initially noticed this the day after being on a very smoky and rough water casino cruise and have been smelling it ever since. I don't and new have smoked, there is no smoking at my job but I smell it all the time. have you gotten any relief?? paulette

       

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    • Lori
      October 23, 2012
      Lori
      October 23, 2012

      I started smelling cigarette smoke in February of this year. I'm 55 and healthy (although about 30 pound overweight). I went to my doctor thinking it was related to sinus issues I had been having off and on over the winter. I did have sinusitis but he sent me to an ENT because of the smoke smell. I had an MRI and they unexpectedly found an aneurysm in my head that was quite large (1-1/2 CM). They weren't sure if the smell was related to the aneuysm but left open the possibility that the restricted blood flow may have interfered with my olfactory nerves. I had the aneurysm repair surgery in May and had not had any incidences of smelling cigarette smoke smell until this past Saturday when it unexpectedly returned. Coincidentally, I have been having sinus problems again for the past couple of weeks and have been sneezing, blowing my nose and coughing a lot. I'm also experiencing a lot of acid reflux for some strange reason. I called my surgeon's office and they don't think its necessary for me to come in because they don't believe it's being caused by the aneurysm or the surgery. They said if it continued or got worse, which it has, I should call my regular doctor, which I did today. I'll let you know what happens, but there seems to be a definite pattern with all the posts I'm reading about sinus issues, acid reflux and allergies.

       

      Thanks.

      Lori

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    • Den
      Den
      December 03, 2012
      Den
      Den
      December 03, 2012

      I also lost a ton a weight on a stringent diet and exercise program.  Then I was sick for over a month with severe bronchitis and now I'm constantly tasting and smelling smoke and dust.  Seems like there is definitely some connection here!

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    • Den
      Den
      December 03, 2012
      Den
      Den
      December 03, 2012

      I also lost a ton a weight on a stringent diet and exercise program.  Then I was sick for over a month with severe bronchitis and now I'm constantly tasting and smelling smoke and dust.  Seems like there is definitely some connection here!

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    • The Doc
      November 17, 2013
      The Doc
      November 17, 2013

      Phantom smells can cause weight loss espesically if the smells interfere with your ability to taste. And or smell the food your eating.

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  • Cathy June 18, 2008
    Cathy
    June 18, 2008

    Hi Daniel-

    I have also experienced this on & off for about 2 years. I had it all day & night yesterday & it has promted me to try to find the answer since it really bothers me. It actually feels like my sinuses are burning at times. I also had migraines and allergies in the past, but because of lifestyle changes and supplements have not had problems with that in about 4 years. Very confused and would like anyone that has figured anything out to let me know.

     

    Thanks

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  • Linda May 31, 2008
    Linda
    May 31, 2008

    I am also having that same thing!  Started really faint, occasionally last week and today I realized it is constant.  Driving me crazy, hate cigarette smoke.  I used salt water and it cleared out my sinuses, but smell is still there.  Had a really bad cold, or allergies the first of May and has lingered.  So we have the sinus thing in common!  Has your gone away, or have you found out anything.  I can not go to the Dr. unless gets really bad, have a huge deductible.  Let me know if you have found anything about yours.  Haven't taken any antibiotics.

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  • ittt November 23, 2008
    ittt
    November 23, 2008
    It looks like I may be a little late for this discussion, but if anyone returns to this spot, I hope that I can shed some light. I am 60 and have suffered from these smoke hallucinations for about 10 years. They usually last from 2 to 5 days and include burning eyes, sinuses, face and and a sinus-type headache. Although I have been very careful in my eating habits, choosing whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts and produce, as well as fish and meats that have not been produced using hormones, antibiotics and pesticide-ridden feed, I still deal with this periodically. I have found, however, that when I eat a preponderance of sweet foods, in other words breads, cereals (even whole grains), desserts (even when just sweetened with dates or honey), potatoes, corn and even fruit, any time I get into BBQ or any other smoke, I will definitely have a phatom smoke episode. It seems that according to the research that I have done, our immune systems have a hard time holding up if we consume too many sugars, and if our immune systems are not working well, then we become subject to respiratory and allergice trouble. I have also found that too much salt in the diet dries out the sinuses making them vulnerable to allergens and bacteria. When I am able to keep to a diet free of too many sugars, only have fruit occasionally and nix salt; and when I make sure I am getting plenty of protein in the form of fish, poultry, legumes and grains, I seem to fair well. I hope that this has been of some help. READ MORE
    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      Thank you for your post. I have been suffering with the smoke smell for over 2 yrs. now. I love sugar, any sweet foods, have to have something with every meal... Can't believe I am not over weight... I also have dry sinuses all the time. I get sores in my nose because of the dryness. Your explination would make sence in my case due to these facts. On the other hand I have MS. Was diagnosed in Aug. 99 and migraines at least once a month. I have about 5 lesions on my brain from the MS so I am not sure which one of these are causing this problem.. This helps me though.. Thanks..

       

      blnix@bellsouth.net

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    • molly guenther
      March 26, 2010
      molly guenther
      March 26, 2010

      Thank you for your input. Since experiencing this smoke smell and it effecting my sleep adversely, I was looking for a remedy that did not include taking  medications or even going to my physician. I had wondered if the food I had eaten had been the cause of this phantom smell and since I feel quite strongly that diet is vital to health was curious as to which foods could be a catalyst.    You say you stay away from fruits because of the sugar, can you eat vegetables freely? I am trying to go vegetarian and this could increase the selectiveness and options in my diet but I am willing to if need be. Have you noticed a change since changing your diet?

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  • wd9dan December 06, 2008
    wd9dan
    December 06, 2008

    It sounds to me like there are two groups here.  Those that have had this for a few days or weeks, and those that have had it for years.

     

    I too had a bad sinus infection and a fever, etc..  Three different antibiotics over a period of 5 weeks did nothing to cure me.  I got better gradually on my own, but I STILL smell the cigarettes a lot.  My wife had the same bug that I did (seems to us) and she smells it too.  No matter where we are, and we do NOT smoke, nor is there any in our home, cars, etc..  We even smell it when we are out and about.  We KNOW it's false, but we smell it.

     

    Lately, it's worse when I chew food, than it is when I am simply sitting around.  I can TASTE the cigarette when I eat, and I cannot taste my food very well.  The wife and I both assume that it is related to the very hard to kill bacterial infection that we had.  By the way, several doctors looked in my ears and sinuses and said, "Yup, that's bacterial all right!  Look at all the brightly colored congestion!"  and yet, no help from the antibiotics.

     

    Just wanted to share our experience here in case it helps.  We are assuming it will go away in a few more weeks.  We are on week 8 since the whole thing began, and no symptoms left except for the smell/Taste of the cigarette.

     

    I would think that those of you who have had this sensation for years, have a different cause.

     

    My 2 cents.

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  • a2ashraf October 18, 2008
    a2ashraf
    October 18, 2008
    It can be a few things:   1) your nose sensory receptors have been damaged (all things heal and with time) 2) you are having sympoms of  seizure / stroke (but dont get alarmed, you should be seeing other symptoms too right? - blurred vision, or really messed up vision, behaviour not normal, cant lift left (or one side of body, left or right) arm above shoulders etc. 3) Alergies   now best thing to do is see someone. Are you noticing other symptoms? Do you currently smoke?   First thing to do: if you are on any drugs, medication or otherwise, speak to your physician to see if those drugs are causing a side effect. second thing: try to recall in the last while if you smelled something really strong that could have screwed with your sense of smell.  Example: i smoke, so i sprayed a crap load of perfume in the car so no one would smell it. Then on the way out of the car i took a normal inhale, and i smelled a very concentrated area and it just threw me back.  That could have done it.    I saw a doctor about it: they suggestion 2 things 1) take a nasal spray (my nose is always congested), and this opens up the nasal area's for smoother air flow 2) see a ear throat nose (ent) specialists   Seizure was not discussed/ stroke / heart attack was not discussed.  We always assume the worst!     READ MORE
  • musicwiz October 28, 2008
    musicwiz
    October 28, 2008

    Hi, I have been feeling a burn smell in my nose and all a way to my lungs. I asked my wife if she smells the same and she said that she doesn't smell anything. I don't have this sensation if I am outdoors, unless there are some fires far away.  I always had very sensitive sense of smell, but now I am anxious  about it, especially reading about the neurological problems all over the internet.   I never had any allergies, or headaches. What is this possibly could be? I can't find any answers. My doctor said its distorted sense of smell. Its annoying and Distracting. Well, one way to find out is to do the MRI test.

     

     I wish I could find the cure or the answer.

     

    Thanks,

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    • according2jo
      May 31, 2010
      according2jo
      May 31, 2010

      Hello,

       

      I am wondering if you ever went for the MRI you were going to do in regards to the problem with smelling smoke?

       

      If yes, did you find out anything that might provide answers for this condition we suffer from?

       

      Sincerely

      Joanne

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    • g808
      July 27, 2011
      g808
      July 27, 2011

      I've been mulling this over in my head (because I don't want to chalk it up as a brain tumor) and think maybe we are all smelling the fallout from all the radiation from Japan. It still has not been contained and if you check the wind directions it is bound to reach us if it hasn't already. Plausable, perhaps. Or, I would love to know if anyone experiencing this has not/never used a cell phone?

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    • g808
      July 27, 2011
      g808
      July 27, 2011

      I've been mulling this over in my head (because I don't want to chalk it up as a brain tumor) and think maybe we are all smelling the fallout from all the radiation from Japan. It still has not been contained and if you check the wind directions it is bound to reach us if it hasn't already. Plausable, perhaps. Or, I would love to know if anyone experiencing this has not/never used a cell phone?

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  • Robbi May 27, 2008
    Robbi
    May 27, 2008

    Hi Daniel,

    That is crazy... I have been smelling the same thing for about a week now and I think it is going to bring on a migrane. I am online now trying to find answers when I saw this!!!  I am so glad I am not alone.  I guess I will have to call my doctor to find out what is going on.

     

    Thanks,

    Robbi

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    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      Hi guys! I have had this same thing going on for over two years... I have told doctors, when I was in for other medical reasons ( I have MS) and they have never heard of such a thing. I looked online in the past and never found anything until now. It's nice to know that I am not going crazy! I am sitting here smelling it right now, for 3 days straight and every time I breath in it not only smells like smoke, it burns just like the cig. was right under my nose... I am going to check all this info. out. Thank you for posting...

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    • thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010
      thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010

      Hello!  You are definitely not alone.  I have been smelling smoke (with no source of smoke in house or other places).  I have been taking an antibiotic, but smelled the smoke long before taking it.  I also take other medications for allergies and asthma Allegra XR (just started on generic form), Advair (years), Albuterol, any of which could possibly cause this as a side effect but have been taking them for years and this smell is somewhat recent (about 1/2-1 year).  If anyone who is experiencing this symptom would please indicate meds taken or illnesses, this would help narrow down some areas to investigate.

      Thanks for the postings!Sealed

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    • leticia
      March 03, 2010
      leticia
      March 03, 2010

      WOW!!!! I HAVE (MS) TOO AND EXPERIENCING THE SAME THING AND IS BEEN GOING ON ABOUT A WEEK PEOPLE LOOK AT ME LIKE IF I'M CRAZY,I'M GLAD THAT I'M NOT ALONE BUT I WISH I KNEW WHY THIS IS HAPPENING?IF YOU GET ANY ANSWERS PLEASE LET ME KNOWYell

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    • Melanie
      March 29, 2010
      Melanie
      March 29, 2010

      I've had this smoke smell since 11/09, coincidently it started when there was a death in the family.  It's been a constant on and off, I've gotten used to it.  I first thought it was triggered from the stress and grief from the loss of a loved one, it seems to happen when I feel particularly stressed at work and home, mostly at work, and I am not a smoker nor anyone in my family.  I don't take any medications accept benadryl at night for allergies, although allergy symptoms are worse now.

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    • Deb
      Deb
      March 30, 2010
      Deb
      Deb
      March 30, 2010

      Yes, please let me know if anyone gets a medical diagnosis for this.  Mine is not always smoke, it smells more like exhaust type fumes or gasoline fumes.  I even went to the mechanic and had him check my exhaust system, gasline for a leak.  He mentioned that if I don't run the air conditioner in the vehicle and just use the fan that exhaust from other cars can build up in the filter. Essentially every time I turn on the fan I am blowing all the build up back into the car.  This however does not explain why I smell this so strongly in my office or in my home.  When I smell my clothing they don't have the odor.

       

      I feel burning in my sinuses, soreness in my throat and at times even tightness in my chest.

       

      As others have mentioned I have taken alergy meds, Claritin, Z-pacs etc and not sure if these are truly related. I am borderline diabetic and love sugar as others have mentioned as well.

       

      Thanks

      Debra

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    • Am I crazy?
      April 04, 2010
      Am I crazy?
      April 04, 2010

      I have the same problem. It was only happening in one room of my home but lately I've been smelling "smoke" everywhere. I am not on any medications. I have used Albuterol in the past but only on occasion. This has been going on for almost a year now.

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    • ann
      ann
      April 17, 2010
      ann
      ann
      April 17, 2010

      I saw the topic of smelling smoke a few years ago on one of those informative news shows they were about to tell the viewers that it was a symptom of something but needless to say, a commercial came on I left the room and sure enough when i walked back in it had gone off and moved on to the next topic. So much for bathroom breaks.  I have had the problem for several years maybe 7 or more it smells more like smoke that comes from burnt wood for me. It causes me to suffer from nausea the smell is so strong.  I have had problems with my sinus but I smell smoke even when there are no sinus problems it happens only a few times a year but it's a very terrible experience. I wondered for years if there were any other people that shared the same problem and today here they are I only wish we knew for a fact what the real problem was and not all the guessing maybe a doctor will read our stories and look for a connection other than sinuses. Millions of people suffer for sinus infections so there should be more than a handfull of people smelling smoke where there is none.

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    • lorelei
      April 28, 2010
      lorelei
      April 28, 2010

      Me too. Exhaust smoke, and I am smelling it now, though I know it is not really here. I'm glad I'm not alone and yes, I also suffer from sinusitis and allergies and take meds. 

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    • lorelei
      April 28, 2010
      lorelei
      April 28, 2010

      Me too. Exhaust smoke, and I am smelling it now, though I know it is not really here. I'm glad I'm not alone and yes, I also suffer from sinusitis and allergies and take meds. 

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    • Morgan
      May 04, 2010
      Morgan
      May 04, 2010

      Gang Stalking must be considered by anyone constantly smelling odors.  It's part of Gaslighting, a way to try and drive a person crazy.  Please do yourself a favor

      and Google the words "Gang Stalking" ,  "Gaslighting", and Gang Harrassment".    

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    • Carmela
      May 11, 2010
      Carmela
      May 11, 2010

      I have only smelt it in my sleep a couple of times. The smell is so strong it wakes me up. I do not smoke and there is no smoking in my house. I know this sounds crazy but I started to think it might be a ghost of some kind. I wanted to look it up and see what I coud find. I do not take any medications and I have never used Albuterol, I do have migraines but I do not feel one coming on and I do have sinuses but I feel fine. I am not sure why I smell this only at night, in my sleep and when it wakes me up I still smell it.

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    • according2jo
      May 29, 2010
      according2jo
      May 29, 2010

      Hello again,

       

      Here is one of the links that describes the reasons for the smoke smell we are all experiencing.

      I will find the other one that provides additional details and post asap.

       

      http://www.airqualitytips.com/109/the-1-myth-about-smoke-allergies/

       

      Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

       

      Joanne

       

       

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    • according2jo
      May 29, 2010
      according2jo
      May 29, 2010

      Hello to everyone who smells smoke and can't figure out why.

       

      I also have this condition and it drives me crazy. I do, however, know where the smoke comes from. It is second hand smoke that you are smelling. (at least this is the case for me.)

      I have had this problem on and off for many many years.

      It always happens after I quit smoking. I get highly sensitive to anything that is cigarette related including; second hand smoke (whether it is in front of me or outside and far away from the building I am actually in.

      I have proved this to myself by checking outside when the smell comes and sure enough it is my neighbour across the street who is having a cigarette on his deck.

      Whenever the smell comes, I immediately get nauseated, my breathing changes, my head feels like it is being squeezed and my mood becomes irritated and angry.

      I also despise the smell of smoke on other people's clothing, cars, houses, buildings, ashtrays, and while walking outdoors! What pisses me off the most is when I smell a poor innocent child who reeks of second hand smoke!!!!!

      Because I am an ex-smoker, my body immediately wants to prevent the smoke from entering by causing the physical symptoms I get.

      Furthermore, my special needs grandson coughs everytime the smell comes as well. He is not even 2 years old yet and this affects his asthma greatly. It bothers me that his already comprimized health gets affected by someone else's smoking! It boils my blood!

      I have done extensive research on this topic and there is a lot of information on this specific topic...."sensitivity to second hand smoke." If I had the link right now, I would post it but I will have to look for the best one and post it here. I will write my message in red again so everyone can easily see it.

      It talks about the reasons for these reactions and explains what chemicals are responsible for it.

      ps.....has anyone else had this reaction after quitting smoking?

      I have quit many many times and the problem with the smell was always there until I would fall off the wagon and start smoking again.

      I have now quit for almost 3 years and still the smell makes me sick.

      psss..... I forgot to mention, the tightness in the head is caused by blood vessels constricting when the smoke enters the nose.

      I hope this helps some of you.

      Joanne

       

       

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    • according2jo
      May 30, 2010
      according2jo
      May 30, 2010

      Hello,

       

      I've just posted some information that you may be interested in. I also included a link that explains some reasons for experiencing these smells.

      I am under the name according2jo.  I left 2 messages so far and will leave another as soon as I find the link I am looking for.

      I hope the info helps you.

      Joanne

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    • SweetDee
      July 20, 2010
      SweetDee
      July 20, 2010

      OH my gosh. Try smelling fingernail polish remover like the bottle was under your nose all the time for days at a time.  It makes me cough and my eyes water and everyone thinks I am nuts when I ask if they smell it.  My GP actually is actually blowing me off.  I am looking for a Neuro Dr. right now in my area.

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    • Mardi
      July 26, 2010
      Mardi
      July 26, 2010

      Me too and it is the "burnt wood" like forest fire/wood burning stove smell.  It started about 2-3 weeks ago.  At first I thought it might be coming in through the A/C and it might be from some sort of small fire in the area (I live in Daytona Beach area and we are prone to forest fires during the dry season).  However, when I go outside - nothing.  Really sorry you took a bathroom break - Ha! Ha!  Right now sitting in front of this computer I am experiencing the burning wood smell and, you are right, it is almost nauseating.  I have read through all of the other replies but do not seem to find anything definitive.  The "PHANTOSMIA" may be a possibility but I have not suffered a head injury and I do not have upper respiratory infection, nor have (to my knowlege) suffered a temperal lobe stoke, seizure, sinusitis, brain tumor, Parkinson's disease.  Possibly first signs of Alzheimers.....  I suppose I could go to a doctor but I am one of those millions of persons who do not have health insurance and who would trust the diagnosis of a walk-in-clinic doctor as opposed to a Mayo clinic doctor??

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    • MRHAZ
      August 12, 2010
      MRHAZ
      August 12, 2010

      COULD BE but in most cases not.

      DO not listen to untrained people or a doctor that lies to you or blows it off, downplaying it, IT COULD BE SERIOUS!!!

      http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2009/11/10/4380036-phantom-smells-may-be-a-sign-of-trouble

      "Medical tests such as MRIs, CT scans and EEGs can find common physiological triggers such as tumor, sinus infection and epilepsy, but some patients never understand why they're suddenly inundated by the smell of garbage or rotting fish or burned coffee or cheese. While pinpointing the cause of phantosmia can sometimes be difficult, treatment is available, including nasal saline drops, anti-depressants, sedatives and anti-epileptic drugs.

      Most patients respond to medication, however, a surgical procedure involving the olfactory bulb has also been shown to provide relief. Although normal aging brings a gradual loss of smell, phantosmia sometimes occurs with a reduced ability to smell real scents, another matter that can have serious ramifications, Hirsch says.

      "AIDS can initially present with smell loss," he says. "Or it could be anything from vitamin deficiency to Alzheimer's to hypothyroidism to head trauma to stroke to diabetes to medication to leprosy."

      One quick way to test whether your sense of smell is diminished is to dish up a bowl of ice cream.

      "Take some vanilla ice cream and some chocolate ice cream and see if you can taste the difference," says Hirsch, who says ninety percent of taste is smell. "If you can't smell, they both taste the same."

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    • Jason H
      September 15, 2010
      Jason H
      September 15, 2010

      me too, me too, me too... exactly as you described.  Especially when I sit in the office and even at home when nobody around I got the "burnt wood" smell.  Sometime it was strong enough that triggered me to take a walk to see if everything is ok, or at least be causious and ready to exit the house in emergency. It 's an unpleasant feeling and lately i found out that it's fake but  what can i do.  I have health insurance and planing to go to doctor but sounds like this symptom is new and not sure if doctors can be able to help.  I will update more info here if i have a good news for you guys.  If you want to contact me, don't hesitate to write email to claren2020@yaoo.com.

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    • Tracie
      October 03, 2010
      Tracie
      October 03, 2010

      Oh my gosh, I have experienced this on and off for about a year now also. It is driving me crazy not to mention no-one else can smell it. I have also used asthma meds but not frequently but also use albuterol in my nebulizer but not real often although about a week or so ago I did and now I am smelling this smoke constantly! I wonder if it has something to do with it? I am going to call my pulmanary doctor and ask. I will let you know what he says! Good Luck to all..And myself lol..

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    • Savannah
      October 05, 2010
      Savannah
      October 05, 2010

      This is insane.   I thought it was in my mind, when a coworker came into my office and back off because of cigarette smoke.  Another coworker told me she could smell smoke off me.  I don't smoke.    I was fine before I went on vacation, then I came back to this.    They blocked off the vents in the ceiling in my office.  It still smells.  Now i'm sitting in the hallway till they have the air tested.  I also have developed a smokers cough!!!

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    • Chris
      October 06, 2010
      Chris
      October 06, 2010

      I and a colleague had the same problem. I investigated the air-conditioning system and found it was the root cause. The air filters should have been changed every 6 to 8 weeks, but due to cost cutting exercises the filters had not been changed for 16 weeks. The filters clog up creating a larger pressure drop than the system can cope with, this over heats the filters. The filters contain oils which help in the particle filtration process, these oils when heated evaporate and enter the work space. The oils irritate the olefactory cells in the nasal passage which gives the sense of a dry smokey smell. The thing is not everyone is sensitive to the oils, so do not get the effect. Once the filters were changed the smell disapperaed. This also goes for filters for air cons in cars etc that should be cleaned or changed as recommended by the manufacturer. This is a well known problem in the air con industry.

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    • rick
      October 11, 2010
      rick
      October 11, 2010

      I do recommend this link to every one that is smelling smoke of anykind , even if you are not around smoke. I too smell smoke ( but it is not always the same smoke). I use combivent, and am allergic to cat dander,and I believe this is worth looking at.

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    • Yvette
      October 21, 2010
      Yvette
      October 21, 2010

      WOW, this happens to me also only when I'm sleeping. It smells like burnt coffee or like burnt wood. The smell is so strong it wakes me out of my sleep. I also still smell it after I awake. I'm not taking any medicines. I do get tension headaches sometimes that are concentrated on the right side, but I have not noticed any connection. This only happens for me at night.

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    • What NOW
      December 18, 2010
      What NOW
      December 18, 2010

      Well,I recall in a staff meeting many years ago, when I was on a clinical rotation in a psych facility, a doctor becoming alarmed upon hearing a patient was experiencing odors without a discernable source. He immediately called for a brain scan. I have this concern, since I have been experiencing the smell of cigarette smoke for some time, now. I don't smoke and spend no time around smokers. I have a sinus problem. But, these post have pressed me to call the doctor first thing on Monday. My denial has been active and I had been attributing this to, believe it or not, ghosts / spirits, lingering in my house.

       

      There have been numerous unexplained things in this house and I've been too apt to explain everything with that. People would have laughed to see me yelling at spirits to leave the house.

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    • Johnson26636262
      December 19, 2010
      Johnson26636262
      December 19, 2010

      This is exactly the same case as mine when I bought two new air conditioners in July this year, then I started to have this experience to smell something burnt. But, sometime the smell seems come from my PC. Anyway, the smell come suddenly within about 2-3 minutes then disappeared. I was a smoker before but quit it more than a year. So, I think this may be the reason.

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    • bgw
      bgw
      March 12, 2011
      bgw
      bgw
      March 12, 2011

      I too smell smoke and no one smokes around me at. I have asthma so I avoid it. Then last night at 3 I woke up to the smell of "sweat socks or a sweaty person". My husband says he doesn't smell anything. I walked all over the house but found nothing. I might add that I keep a very clean house, so who knows what that means??? I have smelled it a little off and on today.

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    • simon
      March 21, 2011
      simon
      March 21, 2011

      Hello. I thought I would share my experiences in the hope it may help. To begin, these are my symptoms to date:

       

      The first incident took place at the beginning of March 2010, after a night at the car auction. The auction was a very smelly place, car fumes, cigarettes, exhaust smoke, oil, and petrol.  That night the smell of cigarette smoke started. It lasted 2 weeks, fading out.

       

      Second incident was June 2010, very strong on the first few breaths then fading out through the afternoon, gone the next day.

       

       

      Third incident was the beginning of September very strong to start then fading out over the second week. A few days before I had an odd taste in my mouth for 3 days, the sense that I may be contracting a cold & some sneezing. I also noted smell would disappear when eating

       

      Possible 4th incident, brief 2 - 3 breaths became unsure as I am now hyper-vigilant.

       

       

       

      Other points:

       

       

      • During an episode throat can feel soar as if actually inhaling smoke

       

      • I often expect my eyes to water with the strength of smell

       

      • I now remember smelling cheese on occasions a long time before the smoke episode. Maybe the last 2 years or more. This smell is of short duration lasting an afternoon or less.

       

      • I am a 40 year old male of sound health

       

      The first doctor I saw had never heard of my symptoms but I wasn't surprised as she was newly qualified and perhaps a bit "green". She told me to return if the symptoms did not pass. I went back and saw another doctor who although he said he wasn't overly concerned, he would discuss my case with the neurologist & I should come back in 3 weeks for an update. When I returned the Doctor quizzed me again about my symptoms which turned out to be in order to rule out seizure. As my symptoms continued he sent me to the Neurologist.

       

      The neurologist asked some questions about my symptoms, tested my reflexes & and hand/eye co-ordination etc. He then gave me a course of smell tests where I had to identify the smells.

       

      He concluded that there appeared to be nothing wrong. The "olfactory hallucinations" where probably due to a cold/infection or just "one of those things" However, to be sure he sent me for a MRI of the temporal lobe.

       

      I received a letter from the hospital in February 2011 to say the test found nothing unusual.

       

      It's now a year that I have had these symptoms on and off. They are with me now and I note that I have just got over a bad cold. I still find the smell distressing. I found going to the doctors distressing and the MRI had me so, so scared. Provided the symptoms don't get worse or others develop, I will have to come to terms with the smell and hope as the years go by the smell becomes less.

       

      I believe in my case these smells are a result of infection via a cold/soar throat/sinus. I suspect, as can happen with infection, permanent damage has taken place that may make me susceptible to reoccurrence of symptoms.

       

      If you have not visited your Doctor please go without delay. It may be nothing significant so don't live with the worry. Should it be more serious the quicker you act the better the outcome.

       

      Simon - England.

       

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantosmia

       

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/phantosmia/AN01684

       

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    • Trace Green
      April 05, 2011
      Trace Green
      April 05, 2011

      I too have MS....and to be honest the more i read on here about everyone, im convinced its to do with that. Im going to the Drs tomorrow, and see what she thinks. I cant believe others have this too.... ithought it was a ghost..lol

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    • Phyllis
      April 21, 2011
      Phyllis
      April 21, 2011

      Joanne,  I wonder if what you are experiencing has nothing to do with actual smoke.  Many of the respondants to this posting are having this experience with absolutely no proximity to someone smoking anywhere.  It seems that this condition is coming from something inside our bodies,not outside.  I am beginning to piece together some commonalities and one is sinus conditions and antibiotics. It would be great to solve this mystery.

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    • Monica
      April 25, 2011
      Monica
      April 25, 2011

      Thank you Joanne! Finally someone gets it. I am convinced that if you smell smoke that is what it is! It's coming from somewhere! It's not your imagination or any health issue. It's there. I have a very sinsitive olfactory sense and I trust it. I have been smelling smoke in my bedroom and other rooms in the house for over two years and figured out it's our neighbor who smokes outside his house (front or back) about 300 yards away! I can tell he's out there when his light is on in the middle of the night. Frequently the smell wakes me up and I can't fall back asleep. We are going to install new windows and I pray that solves it. Worse however is the fact that now I smell it at work. I am in an open office environment and it seems that the air supply above my desk is pumping out second-hand smoke. Only two other people have smelled it faintly. Of course the HVAC guy who came to check did not. I know it's there. Someone is smoking in the stairwells or outside and it's coming into the building and makes its way through the air system. I do not have any medical issues. Not taking any medication. I am healthy. And I smell smoke. I can't breathe when it's around. It has a source. I am going to find it.

      Monica

       

       

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    • Phyllis
      April 26, 2011
      Phyllis
      April 26, 2011

      On this same stream of possibility...I have been smelling cigarette smoke where there is none for a week now. I have been reading each of these entries with fascination. This weekend at a gathering for Easter, I met a woman who told me she was a psychic and I asked her to reflect on this condition. She said that it was coming from inside me and that it was because I had been a smoker (I was but have not smoked for over 20 years).  She suggested that I may be in a process of healing (I have been drinking Nopolea cactus juice for about 9 weeks - its an anti-inflammatory that works on parts of the body that has inflammation).  She said that the chances were that this juice is getting into the layers of my respiratory system that still has the residual smoke from the days when I was a smoker.  I don't know whether to believe it or not, but I did say, why not put a positive spin on this strange phenomenon.

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    • zanadana
      May 08, 2011
      zanadana
      May 08, 2011

      I began smelling smoke about 3 weeks ago.  I teach school so at first I thought maybe it was the high school students, but then I would smell smoke sitting on my couch...and I live alone and do not smoke. Then I thought maybe it was new make-up I bought after my eyelids had some kind of allergic reaction.  Anyway, after reading all the comments, I'm starting to think it had something to do with the multiple and severe congestion/bronchitis episodes I had this winter and the medications I took:  Theo-24, ?Tussin, generic Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide), Norel, 2 Z-packs, and 2 boxes of Mucinex tablets.   THIS NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO with so many of us going crazy with this phantom smell!

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    • linda
      May 13, 2011
      linda
      May 13, 2011

      I am so happy I finally thought to google this!!!! I too have been smelling smoke for about 2 months or so. I too had a sinus infection, staph infection that was treated. I smell smoke almost all the time....it's disqusting...I even smell it when I am out...so I know its not my enviroment..

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    • shell
      June 28, 2011
      shell
      June 28, 2011

      same thing here! staph infection in my left sinus, had to have surgery and LOTS of antibiotics. been smelling cigarette smoke off and on for about 3 years now. sometimes so bad i feel like i cant breathe...and it gives me a headache:o(

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    • Lori
      October 08, 2011
      Lori
      October 08, 2011

      Just a thought.. I started smelling cigarette smoke about 4 years ago, with nobody smoking in the house, etc.. 2 1/2 years ago I was diganosed with MS. I was diagnosed also with partial complex seizures and simple complex seizures this past August.  My first seizure was a blackout type in June.  I had an abnormal EEG and a 48hr video EEG to confirm all the abnormal brain activity and facial movements in my sleep.  Within the past week I now have aquired another weird smell nobody else smells---bleach.  It's good I am not completely crazy.  All this time I walk around sniffing to find the source... but apparently in my case its coming from my brain activity!  MS is just a gift that keeps giving.. ALL of which I DON'T want!!  On the bright side.. it could always be worse.. I wake up every day and find something enjoyable :)  GOOD LUCK to everyone!!!!

       

      Lori

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    • MissisM
      February 11, 2012
      MissisM
      February 11, 2012

      Thank you so much! After reading this and thinking I was mad/had a brain tumour/was seriously ill, (I now realise that I must simply have a sensitive nose. We live in a three bed semi, have full double glazing and no-one in our family smokes. Unfortunately our attached neighbours DO smoke, usually outside. Since it's very cold at the moment, it could be they are smoking indoors, although we are at a loss as to how the smoke could actually be getting into our property as all doors and windows are closed tight and there aren't any vents or anything. If anyone can suggest how we can stop this without offending our otherwise pleasant neighbours, we would be very grateful (my husband and sons can't smell it, but they do believe me, nevertheless). Help and suggestions appreciated, as when this happens, I begin to feel quite ill. My chest constricts and my throat feels sore. I think it could be a reaction brought on from childhood as both my parents smoked in the house (it was the done thing when I was young) and I hate the smell now. Thanks.

       

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  • Yvonne, Dallas, TX January 09, 2009
    Yvonne, Dallas, TX
    January 09, 2009

    I've been having the same problem with smelling smoke for about 1+ years.  The smell gets so bad that it causes me nausea and makes it hard for me to breath.  In my house we don't smoke and the few people in my family that do smoke don't come around.  There are eight people in my household and the only people who have experienced this problem are my husband, my daughter and myself.  The only thing I can tell you about this will come from a spiritual point a view.  First, I want to give you some background  about my daughter.  She smelled smoke in the pass few months while she receiving  Chemotherapy for her cancer.  We didn't think much about this smell of smoke because we had other issues going on and we prayed often about them.  About a week ago I took my daughter to get an Ionic Foot Bath and to my surprise the bath showed that there was nicotine in her system.  The doctor asked if she or anybody in the house smoked and our answer was "No".  How is nicotine showing in her system when we don't smoke?  We are confused about what could be causing this to appear.  Could this be from the smoke smell we've been smelling?  Is it something spiritual?  The more we thought about it the more we believed there may be something spiritual to it.  Secondly, the smell caused me so much major discomfort that it feels as though I am being harassed by some type of spirit (a smoky type spirit). Every time that smoke smell comes my husband and I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus.  Every now and then it tries to return, but we continue to stand our ground, because we are in battle.  Go to your pastor at your church and ask him about the constant smell of smoke to see what he thinks.  Also, ask God to reveal to you what is going on.

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    • Crystal in Ohio
      March 02, 2010
      Crystal in Ohio
      March 02, 2010

      Yvonne, I think you are spot-on with this one. I have had this issue, too, since my mom died, and lots of weird things happening in our home. Doors slamming that are closed and LOCKED, things flying across the room, wallets and phones coming up missing, things being moved by no one in this family--all sorts of things. I am the one who smells this smell. It is more like a heavy exhaust smell, like burning petroleum of some sort. It lasts for days when it happens. I very much wonder if it's spirit-related.

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    • megan82
      April 17, 2011
      megan82
      April 17, 2011

      Hi, I found the cause of my smelling smoke is dicalcium phosphate.  It's in a lot of vitamins, supplements, and, I'm assuming, medicines.  I've been smelling smoke off and on for about a year, and followed a suggestions I found on another site.

      It was to stop taking any new or different vitamins (keep reading though, these are not the only places you'll find dicalcium phosphate).  Since, at the time, I had started taking a vitamin b complex, I stopped.  The smoke smell went away.  Just to see, I started taking them again, and the smoke smell came back.  So I wrote down the ingredients in the vitamin.

       

      Months later, the smoke smell came back, so I looked at ingredient lists of food and drink I'd been consuming, and compared them to the vitamin ingredient list.  Dicalcium phosphate was the common ingredient.

       

      Since then, I've periodically smelled smoke, and sure enough, whenever I check for it, dicalcium phosphate is there.  I've found it in other supplements, soy milk, whole wheat tortillas, and cereal. 

       

      Here are some other names for dicalcium phosphate...

      -dibasic calcium phosphate

      -calcium hydrogenphosphate

      -calcium monohydrogen phosphate

       

      And some related compounds...

      -magnesium phosphate

      -monocalcium phosphate

      -tricalcium phosphate

      -strontium phosphate

       

      Hope this works for you and your family!

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  • wd9dan December 06, 2008
    wd9dan
    December 06, 2008

    Oh, one more thing that I forgot in my reply above, I have NEVER had any ALLERGY problems in my entire life.  I am  an old (56) country boy, and I can still bale hay, etc.  with no problems breathing anything indoors or out.

     

    Again, just FYI.

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  • rinky August 19, 2008
    rinky
    August 19, 2008

    About three weeks ago I had some dental work done and the dentist thinks he touched a nerve with the needle.  I've had severe pain in the lower two branches of my trigeminal nerve.  Basically the bottom right quadrant of my face hurts from midlip to ear and down to chin, inside and out.  I was put on a steroid pack for six days that ended about a week ago. 

     

    When I was on the steroids, I noticed an occasional metalic taste in the right side of my mouth.  Since the nerve injury, I've been oversensitive to hot and cold there, so I thought maybe my taste buds on that side were also effected.  There is no metal in my new dental work, and I wasn't bleeding as far as I know.

     

    Sometime around ending the steroids and beginning taking ibuprofen at 600mg 24/7, I developed a phantom smoke smell.  I hate the smell of smoke of any kind.

     

    I am smelling phantom smoke right now, my eyes, nose, and throat burn as if it were real.  At first I thought it was just oversensitivity to a library book I was reading, but everyone else in my family says that the book does not smell like smoke at all.  No one in my house smokes, but I grew up with a dad who smoked until I was 16.  Before looking into this, I told my husband it's almost as if I can taste cigarette smoke.

     

    I read online that it could be a nerve problem caused by head injury, seizure, or brain damage, or some problem with the olfactory receptors themselves.  It could also be a mental health issue, but I don't believe in the phantom smell--I know it's not real, so it's not like I'm delusional.  But this may just drive me crazy!

     

    I've got the number for a local neurologist, so I am going to call when the office opens tomorrow.

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    • RickAtKnowWare
      October 14, 2010
      RickAtKnowWare
      October 14, 2010

      I think you may be onto something with the ibuprofen. I have been having this symptom too, on and off for a couple of years. I very rarely take ibuprofen, but when I do, I seem to sometimes get that smoke smell in my nose during the days afterward. Anyone else see a correlation between ibuprofen (Advil) and a false smoke smell in the nose? Possibly it's just a little known side effect.

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    • RickAtKnowWare
      October 14, 2010
      RickAtKnowWare
      October 14, 2010

      I think you may be onto something with the ibuprofen. I have been having this symptom too, on and off for a couple of years. I very rarely take ibuprofen, but when I do, I seem to sometimes get that smoke smell in my nose during the days afterward. Anyone else see a correlation between ibuprofen (Advil) and a false smoke smell in the nose? Possibly it's just a little known side effect.

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    • hezbb
      November 27, 2010
      hezbb
      November 27, 2010

      Right, well, I've been taking ibuprofen for migraines for about 6 years, synthroid for 16 years, and had allergies for 40 years. The cigarette smell started 2 weeks ago.

      These numbers don't support that cause and affect theory, I think.

      However, it is a great relief to see that others have the same thing!

      Doctor on Monday.

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  • Stewart July 10, 2008
    Stewart
    July 10, 2008

    Well i have had the same sensation for the past week or so. I have also read the same articles pertaining to this. It is linked to sinus problems, and at the moment i am waiting  to go in for an operation to remove nasal polyps, from which i have been suffering from for several years. These only came to my attention once they had started swelling into the nasal passages when i suffered a cold. Now my nose is blocked most of the time, which was shown to me after a CT scan. Hopefully the smell of smoke will go after i have had the op.....Hope this is helpful.

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    • angel34
      January 26, 2010
      angel34
      January 26, 2010

      I am extremely sensitive t cigarette smoke.. I get sick if I am around it, if you know the ppl are smoking at home, and any non-smoking place tell them these places are non-smoking.Tongue out

       

      Lisa

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    • phyl
      September 15, 2011
      phyl
      September 15, 2011

      hoped the surgery helped you.  I had a bunch of nasal polyps surgically removed several YEARS ago for a persistent sinus infection.  And the burning smoke smell didn't start until a few MONTHS ago.

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  • musicwiz October 31, 2008
    musicwiz
    October 31, 2008

    I have an interesting thought, that the smoke smell is a result of a brush fires, which penetrated into a house either through windows or air-conditioning system.

    I smell in some areas of the house more and some less and there are some places that I don't smell at all. I don't smell outdoors either.

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  • musicwiz October 30, 2008
    musicwiz
    October 30, 2008

    I am glad that Claritin helped. But do you want to take the medicine all your life? I hate pills. I rather smell fire... :0) I wonder what is those thing around my house and other offices that bring this kind of allergy symptoms?  If I never had any allergies what caused to get one, like this one burning smell.   At start I felt a burning coffee, maybe it is burning coffee, settled on the surface of our furniture. I know for a fact that the coffee acids can stay around the house for a long time.

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  • kim
    kim
    August 28, 2008
    kim
    kim
    August 28, 2008

    I live in kentucky where there are lots of allergens, and on a farm to beat all!  I've had really bad problems with my allergies since last year.  Always in and out of the Dr.'s office.  I just found out about  a month ago that my white cell count was up, so they've been doing tests and bloodwork trying to find the cause. So far, it's not leukemia, but it's possible it could just be stress, or maybe a chronic sinus infection. I've been on the Z-pack,  (which is like popping candy!), and they put me on flonase. since then, I have had the cigarete smell ALL the time!  It's like someone is standing right beside me blowing smoke in my face, and it's burning my eyes, and throat like crazy !!  I'm wondering if there's not a connection.... I think I'm gonna go back to the dr. and see what they say.

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    • Laurie51
      January 26, 2012
      Laurie51
      January 26, 2012

      I googled this tonight because I wanted to know why I've been having this sensation of smelling smoke in my nose and almost tasting it.  My nose and mouth have a burning sensation too.  After reading all the responses I realize I have a few things in common with most of the people who have posted.  In Nov.& Dec. 11 I had a severe sinus infection with bronchtis and wheezing in my lungs.  I have never had an infection that bad.  I went on 3 rounds of antibiotics in the last 2 months.  I am still struggling with sinus issues like post nasal drip and stuffiness in my nose and ears, sinus pain in behind my eyes and some headaches.  As a side note to relate to relate to other posts, I also have taken Nexium for at least 2 years for Acid Reflux.  I am convinced that this smoke smell issue is a result of the sinus and respiratory infections and the treatment with antibiotics.   I haven't taken antibiotics in several years so that is the only thing I can pin point this wierd taste/smell sensation to.

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  • Linda July 10, 2008
    Linda
    July 10, 2008

    Well, my smoke smell went away about 2 weeks ago.  Did not do anything to get rid of it, just went away.  Guess what?  It is back. Came back with a vengence yesterday.  I'm so bummed!  I hate it.  If anyone knows ANYTHING, please share.  HELP!

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  • musicwiz October 28, 2008
    musicwiz
    October 28, 2008
  • Tamra October 22, 2008
    Tamra
    October 22, 2008

    I started smelling smoking faintly about 2 weeks ago and really didn't pay much attention to it because it was mainly during the day.  I noticed that this past weekend that I am smelling smoke all of the time.  I keep asking my husband if he smells anything and he doesnt. My symptoms do not include the eye burning, just smoke smell.

     

    I looked on-line today for a cause and as stated on this website it comes back to nasal conditions or worse.  I do not suffer from allergies, I have not been hit in the head nor do I suffer from headaches. It is somewhat of a relief that others also are experiencing the same condition and that I am not alone.

     

    I do live in Arizona so our climate doesn't change that much here.

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  • Deb
    Deb
    October 17, 2008
    Deb
    Deb
    October 17, 2008

    I am willing to bet that this will be another unexplainable condition in the story of my life.  I too have been smelling smoke for about 4 months.  I thought it was my hair care products, perfumes, cosmetics, lighting in my house and then I realized it was happening towards the end of day and not only in my house.  No one else smells it!  The only thing that I can possibly attribute it to is that a few months ago a half of gallon of milk was spilled in my car and although we cleaned it thoroughly I thought that maybe the remnants are still in the  ventilation system and it may have molded.  Any thoughts out there?  

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  • Stewart September 02, 2008
    Stewart
    September 02, 2008

    It's been two weeks since i had the operation to remove sinus polyps, the smoke smell has now gone, (thank goodness), and i can smell and taste everything, in fact i am sleeping better, my asthma seems to have improved, and my whole well being in general has never been as good for several years.

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  • Erin August 27, 2008
    Erin
    August 27, 2008

    I too am constantly smelling smoke of some kind. It is very annoying!!!  I really don't know what it might be from.   It has been going on for about a year or so off and on.

    If you find out anything please let me know. 

          

                                               Going crazy and getting nasause.

     

                                                     Erin in Wa.

                                            honeycoffee@live.com

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  • rinky August 19, 2008
    rinky
    August 19, 2008

    I forgot to mention my family physician told me I have the second worst sinuses he's ever seen.  I've also had a dentist comment that I had small sinuses.

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  • Bob D. August 19, 2008
    Bob D.
    August 19, 2008

    I wish I had an answer to share with you, but unfortunately I am in the same boat as all of you. I started having this issue in just the past week - and I cannot stand cigarette smoke at all, my wife & kids think I am nuts cause I keep bringing it up, and they cannot smell it either. At home, work, in bed - it still follows me for some reason.

    It is affecting my sleep, and is irritating my eyes as well.

    I only take medication for blood pressure, and will take tylenol pm to sleep - no others - I have not been sick in months, but did have a concussion - but that was over 9 months ago now, and had no complications since that time.

    I hope that someone recognizes what may be causing this and posts something soon - I will be seeing my doctor by the end of the week, and if he says anything, I will pass it on.

    To the others with the same problem , I am in the northeast/mid-atlantic area - south central Pennsylvania, if we have anything in common with that let me know too.

    Good luck to you all as well.  Bob D,Hanover,Pa.

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    • Christabelle
      October 12, 2009
      Christabelle
      October 12, 2009

      Hello fellow smoke smellers, thank goodness I am not alone, this happened to me a few years ago and I just thought it was me, it is happeneing again now and I am starting to see a connection. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid a couple of years ago when I smelt smoke but through medication got over it, it has started to muck up again and I am again smelling smoke when there is none around. Just maybe it is thyroid related or at least hormone related a simple blood test will answer this. If thyroid problems do show up PLEASE let me know on this link. Its worth a try.

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    • thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010
      thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010

      I have a slightly underactive thyroid and also have what are referred to as 'cold nodules' and I have had this smoke smell everywhere I go, sometimes a burning sensation while breathing in and have allergies & asthma which I take Advair, Allegra XR, Albuterol.

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    • Beverly
      April 16, 2010
      Beverly
      April 16, 2010

      I have been smelling smoke for at least a month now.  At first I thought someone in my building at work was secretly smoking (it is a non-smoking building) and it was coming in through my vents.  No one else could smell it.  But lately I notice that I smell it at home, in my car and even outside.  Your mention of hyerthyroid caught my attention.  I just started medicating my cat for hyperthyroid with a swab applied to the inside of her ear.  I try to wash my hands right after applying it, but I'm wondering if there is any link to the medication.  I take no medications other than an occasional Benedryl for alergy to the same cat.  I really see no other change in my life or routine that could be causing this.

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    • Dmill
      August 11, 2010
      Dmill
      August 11, 2010

      can't tell you how relieved I am to see I'm not the only one experiencing this.  I'm not and never have been a smoker and no one in my family smokes.  but this overwhelming smoke smells shows up at home, work, in my car, at the store, everywhere.  i even complained to my work several times bc i thought the ventilation system was blowing in the smokers fumes from outside.  they keep changing the filters and the smell remains.  i too have sinus issues, but i found out last year i have thyroid problems and thats about the time the smoke smell started.  i will talk to my dr. about this.  thank u for sharing--i don't feel so alone in my smokey misery:)

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    • JCB
      JCB
      February 17, 2011
      JCB
      JCB
      February 17, 2011

      Advair, like any inhaled steroid, can seriously mess up your sense of smell. I used to use it, so I know. It can actually eventually destroy your sense of smell altogether, although, more than likely, your sense of smell will return to normal when you stop using it unless you use it for years on end.

       

      It's a risk you have to weigh against the benefits, but this may be the cause of your particular problem. It took me a couple months to totally recover from Advair.

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    • Phyllis
      April 21, 2011
      Phyllis
      April 21, 2011

      Dear Bob,

       

      I live on Maui in the middle of the Pacific and have been having this sensation of smelling cigarette smoke where there is none for a week now. I am not sure it is linked to location. It is amazing how many people have this symptom happening though.  Has anyone thought about chemtrails? There are companies who seed the clouds to prevent global warming. Could we all be smelling this?  The medical conclusions in these postings seem to be all over the place.

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  • Marci January 18, 2009
    Marci
    January 18, 2009

    I'm with Yvonne in Dallas.  I have this problem sometimes, too, along with distorted taste. I will sometimes think something tastes awful while everyone else thinks the food we're eating is fine.  I do all the cooking in my house and am careful because of allergies and because we want to eat healthy.

     

    I do pray about this, rebuke any spirits of confusion or destruction or whatever I discern may be going on.  We are spiritual as well as physical beings.  :)

     

    Also, regardless of from where the problem stems, try EFT-emotional freedom technique.  You can look it up online.  It is like accupuncture without needles; tapping on meridians of the body to induce wellness.  You may find the problem never returns once you try it.

     

    Blessings, Marci

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  • Linda February 11, 2009
    Linda
    February 11, 2009

    Well, I'm back!  All this crazy smoke smell started in July, I left a post!  It went away, then came back.  Changed to a weird smell, can't describe.  I could also taste it.  I started on natural/organic foods in November.  Also, doing proper food combining for ultimate digestion.  Eating mostly alkaline food.  Feel like a million bucks, but still have smell.  Also, Dr. gave me three rounds of Cipro in November for infection. Got better, but still had funny smell.  Im still doing same food.  Have lost 22 pounds.  I highly recommend food combining (using www.greattastenopain.com) method.  Anyway smell and taste JUST went away.

     

    I am drinking lots of water.  I only drink green tea, almond milk, soy milk and water.  The food combining helps detox your system, helps with arthritis, allergies, digestion and reflux.  Also, I am not taking any more meds.  Discovered Tylenol was messing with my liver, and liver problems can cause weird smells and taste.  Also, figured out that anytime I used any of the spray ODOR ELIMINATORS, the smell seemed to get worst and get a different odor to it for a couple of days.  So I have quit using those.  I am getting there finally, I will lick this, even it kills me!!! Haha....

     

    Just wanted to share, may help some figure out something....this is just crazy. 

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  • Ken
    Ken
    October 29, 2008
    Ken
    Ken
    October 29, 2008

    I've had this problem myself for the last 6 months.   I noticed I wasn't experiencing it when I was traveling away from home, but experienced it a lot when home, or in my office, or sometimes in the street.   My doctor thought it might be an allergy (not having symptoms of anything more serious), so he told me to take claritin for at least 10 days.   And after 10 days, the problem almost completely went away.   I continued taking it, and everything was fine.  Then last night, I forgot to take it, and today the problem is as bad as ever.  So it does look like the Claritin helped.

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  • Mark November 04, 2008
    Mark
    November 04, 2008

    I had a bad case of high temperatures a few weeks back. Flu like symptoms without the blocked nose, coughing etc. But did have the headaches, aching body, temperatures and sore throat. Since then my taste buds have issues with certain foods. KFC for one, can barely taste it, was going to complain until I realised it was me. But yes the same SMOKE smell, all day long. Thought it was my clothes or environment, but its everywhere all the time.

    I do think the eyes being bad is all related to the mind over matter thing of THINKING you are smelling smoke so your eyes start to get sore.

    The wife came down with a similar high temp a week later, and occassionally SHE smells smoke too! WTF!!

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    • Crystal in Ohio
      March 02, 2010
      Crystal in Ohio
      March 02, 2010

      Well, I have a new spin to add here. And it may sound flaky, but I assure you that I was the biggest sceptic of all...but especially around full moon, I have episodes of the burnt-smoke smell...it will last sometimes for days.  No one else can smell it, but it is so strong, it burns my eyes. So I wondered...and I bought an EMF detector and voice-activated EVP digital recorder. I have some strange feelings that this may be spirit-related. I have smelled many things that were not "there", such as a strong smell of roses right after the death of my grandmother. I am not suggesting that this in any way explains anyone's phantom smoke smelss/phantom smells in general, but am seriously looking at this angle. It just comes and goes...and since no one burnt anything and no one smokes in this house, it's got to have some explanation.

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    • Linda
      March 07, 2010
      Linda
      March 07, 2010

      This smoke thing has been with me for the last 12 years or so. Every few months  and at first it would last only for awhile, now its at least a week. When I first got it, I thought it was a Spirit around me, but I can't understand why its still here after all these years. And as you know its very frustrating, I have been to see if it was seizures, MRI for brain tumor, ear,nose and throat doctor, and each of those havent come up with an answer, but one thing by the time I get to these appointments I am not smelling smoke. This time was the first time I had the blurred vision for a few minutes. The thing that is bothering me lately is its hard to concentrate, or feel good when its constantly there.

      Why can't someone find a cure for this? 

      I am thankful it has been going away for months at a time.

      But so far I havent come up with any similarities. Its different circumstances each time.

      Linda

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    • Linda
      March 07, 2010
      Linda
      March 07, 2010

      This smoke thing has been with me for the last 12 years or so. Every few months  and at first it would last only for awhile, now its at least a week. When I first got it, I thought it was a Spirit around me, but I can't understand why its still here after all these years. And as you know its very frustrating, I have been to see if it was seizures, MRI for brain tumor, ear,nose and throat doctor, and each of those havent come up with an answer, but one thing by the time I get to these appointments I am not smelling smoke. This time was the first time I had the blurred vision for a few minutes. The thing that is bothering me lately is its hard to concentrate, or feel good when its constantly there.

      Why can't someone find a cure for this? 

      I am thankful it has been going away for months at a time.

      But so far I havent come up with any similarities. Its different circumstances each time.

      Linda

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    • Linda
      March 07, 2010
      Linda
      March 07, 2010

      This smoke thing has been with me for the last 12 years or so. Every few months  and at first it would last only for awhile, now its at least a week. When I first got it, I thought it was a Spirit around me, but I can't understand why its still here after all these years. And as you know its very frustrating, I have been to see if it was seizures, MRI for brain tumor, ear,nose and throat doctor, and each of those havent come up with an answer, but one thing by the time I get to these appointments I am not smelling smoke. This time was the first time I had the blurred vision for a few minutes. The thing that is bothering me lately is its hard to concentrate, or feel good when its constantly there.

      Why can't someone find a cure for this? 

      I am thankful it has been going away for months at a time.

      But so far I havent come up with any similarities. Its different circumstances each time.

      Linda

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    • Linda
      March 07, 2010
      Linda
      March 07, 2010

      This smoke thing has been with me for the last 12 years or so. Every few months  and at first it would last only for awhile, now its at least a week. When I first got it, I thought it was a Spirit around me, but I can't understand why its still here after all these years. And as you know its very frustrating, I have been to see if it was seizures, MRI for brain tumor, ear,nose and throat doctor, and each of those havent come up with an answer, but one thing by the time I get to these appointments I am not smelling smoke. This time was the first time I had the blurred vision for a few minutes. The thing that is bothering me lately is its hard to concentrate, or feel good when its constantly there.

      Why can't someone find a cure for this? 

      I am thankful it has been going away for months at a time.

      But so far I havent come up with any similarities. Its different circumstances each time.

      Linda

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    • shadrick
      May 26, 2010
      shadrick
      May 26, 2010

      Hi Linda,

      I live in Hawaii and have just started smelling cigarette smoke now for 1 week and it is already driving me crazy as I've always hated cigarette smoke!  I too had a short bout of blurred vision last week while watching TV. How is your cholesterol, mine is 228.  I wonder if we are having mini-strokes as someone else has suggested in other blogs?  My breathing is clear, but my taste buds are weak.  I find myself eating more to try to taste the food.  Also, I have been under a lot of stress at work for 4 months straight, sleepless nights, etc.  The stressful time has passed but now I have this problem! 

      Has anyone found a way to get back to normal????

      Stephanie

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  • Eva
    Eva
    April 24, 2009
    Eva
    Eva
    April 24, 2009

    Well, count me in as yet another person who smells smoke.  I just googled it this evening and from what I have read there seems to be some connections.  I have smelled it on and off for about 3 years.  I always thought my neighbor was outside sneaking a smoke and it got caught up in my house.  So recently,I had a sinus infection and was put on an antibiotic.  Two weeks later I cut my hand with a chisel and was put on another antibiotic for infection.  I ended that on Monday and the smell is so bad now (Friday) that this past week I called the front desk of a hotel I was staying in and complained that the people in the next room were smoking! I literallly feel like someone next to me is smoking.

    So getting back to the connections, can people respond to a few questions.  Maybe we can figure out a pattern or something.

    *Did you have a sinus infection/ear infection before this started? Or did a sinus/ear infection make it worse?

    *Were you put on antibiotics for any infections? More than one type?

    *Have you had recent yeast infections?

    If anyone can think of other possible connections add them to this list.

     

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    • Annie
      June 24, 2009
      Annie
      June 24, 2009

      *Did you have a sinus infection/ear infection before this started? Or did a sinus/ear infection make it worse?

       

      Yes- had an acute sinus infection

       

       

      *Were you put on antibiotics for any infections? More than one type?

       

      Yes - 14 days of antiboitcs and steroids.

       

       

      *Have you had recent yeast infections? If anyone can think of other possible connections add them to this list.    Yes, because of the antibiotics.

       

      I'm no doctor, but it's strange that so many of our experiences STARTED the same way, and after having antibiotics, we're smelling smoke.    Either we still have sinus issues that weren't treated with the antibiotics,... OR the antibiotics killed off good bacteria (and caused yeast infections) and the missing good bacteria in our sinuses is the cause of the problem???

       

      I liked the suggestion above - the childrens "inner ear health".   Worth a try, can't imagine it would hurt?

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    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      I have suffered with the smoke smell for over 2 yrs. and I have had numerous sinus and ear infections over the years. A few years back I had the worst kind of staff infection that you can have (MRSA) on my abdomen that was treated aggressively with antibiotics. Then a few months later the staff came up in my nose along with one on my cheek. More antibiotics, different kinds this time. I have a lowered immune system due to having MS and unfortunatly MRSA tends to come back throughout life. I just wanted to comment because I have been on so many antibiotics that It wouldnt surprise me thats it...

      blnix@bellsouth.net

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    • Christabelle
      October 12, 2009
      Christabelle
      October 12, 2009

      Hi, I actually asked someone in the above posts to check something out like this, I had hyperthyroid problems a few years ago and got this smelling smoke thing, then after medication for thyroid it went away. I have been off medication for over one and a half years but have started getting some thyroid problems recently and hence the smoke smelling has returned. It just might be related to thyroid or hormones, a blood test shows this up, be good if others checked this out just in case its related.

       

      Hope its at least an option.

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    • 7luckey13
      December 28, 2009
      7luckey13
      December 28, 2009

      I have been smelling smoke on and off for years.  Today I decided to see if I was crazy, but found out I am not alone.  I answered this post because I have hypothyroidism and take snythroid  also.  Can not figure it out.  It gets worse if I have a cold. 

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    • Char
      February 22, 2010
      Char
      February 22, 2010

      I also had a terrible staph infection years ago and know that it can flare up at anytime as it never leaves your body.  I wonder if that is what is causing the smell of smoke?  I haven't taken antiboitics for quite some time so I don't think it is from that for me.  I do have a sinus infection and my ear has been bothering me.  Who knows...this is crazy though.

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  • Dr. Mike G June 15, 2009
    Dr. Mike G
    June 15, 2009

    To all of those who suffer from "smelling" cigarette smoke that is not present:

     

    I believe I have figured out what might be going on, from personal experience coupled with deep knowledge of medical science. First, I believe only individuals hypersensistive to mold spores will experience this, and the anecdote that follows  provides the rationale. I became quite ill, as others have reported, including the mother of all sinus infections, where I completely lost my senses of taste of smell for more than one month. This was merely a coincidence, as many others who report these phantom odors or olfactory hallucinations, as I like to refer to them, were not previously ill. At around the same time, my dehumidifier in the basement was failing, which I eventually replaced. This friggin' odor of cigarette smoke just would not go away. It seemed to be worse in the rooms of the house that were located in the rear portion, but that said, the odor would follow me everywhere I went - in the car, the gym, even outside, although to a much lesser extent. I did, however, notice that it was absolutely worse in my home. I also went the route everyone else did - set up an appointment with the ENT guy, who, of course, immediately moves to rule out a brain tumor and orders an MRI. He looked up in the sinus cavity, and saw that there was some mild inflammation, but needed the MRI. A few days later, the ENT guy calls me up on the phone, and says the good news is that there is no brain tumor, but the bad news is that he has no clue what to do to alleviate the phantom odor. Aaaahhhhh...the science of modern medicine. We might as well be back in Hippocrates times...at least they would have attempted trephination or something. Anyway, I'm downstairs in the basement last night finishing up some laundry, and I just happened to look up in a corner (in the REAR of the basement), and low and behold, there was a fairly significant patch of mold growth on the wall adjacent to a bend in the clothes dryer vent pipe. I bleached the crap out of it, cleaned it up, and the next morning (today), I no longer "smelled" cigarette smoke anywhere in the house.

     

    OK - so here's the theory: The mold spores spewing forth from this undetected patch of mold in the basement, to which I am hypersensitive already, was causing my olfactory epithelium, as well as the remainder of my sinuses, to become inflamed and irritated. This irritation of the olfactory epithelium (which is at the very top of the sinus cavity) was simply being interpreted by the brain as cigarette smoke, since smoke is an irritant to this epithelium, and I am also hypersensitive to cigarette smoke in particular. The watering eyes and irritated throat are also the result of irritation of these mucous membranes by the allergen. The reason the phantom odor travels with you wherever you go is because these mucous membranes have become chronically irritated and inflamed over time, and that does not subside in a matter of a few hours while temporarily away from the source. Now, not everyone experiencing these phantom odors and irritation will be due to mold spores, but I guarantee you that it is due to something in your home or work space to which you are hypersensitive. You must find the source, remove it, and you will be cured.

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    • bumptybrown
      June 16, 2009
      bumptybrown
      June 16, 2009

      Hello.  Like almost everyone here I'm surprised and relieved to know I'm not alone.  I googled 'smelling cigarette smoke' 'altered sense' and couldn't believe how many websites and forums there are.  Of course I'm EXTREMELY disappointed not to read of a solution to the problem.  I started smelling smoke 4 days ago.  I had just laid a lot of 'mulch' outside in my garden and though I must be smelling that.  Then I decide it was definitely cigarette smoke and went outside to see if it was coming form my neighbor's.  It wasn't and my husband couldn't smell any smoke at all.  It's been driving me crazy and I actually got a bit upset and cried today.  I have a 5 month old baby and I feel as if her room smells of smoke.  It's awful.  I've got myself all worried about it being something wrong with my brain as I had a sharp pain on the front right side of my head yesterday.  Please, I'd love to hear more stories of people with this problem going for scans and getting the 'all-clear'.  I've made an appointment with an ENT specialist for next week.  I will definitely post the results here as I know that answers are really important to people like me searching with this strange condition.  I saw a lot of posts with people saying they would report back but didn't.  I'm hoping it's for a 'good' reason because the problem just went away and they forgot about it....

      Anyway, I'm slightly intrigued by the last post about the mould!!  It certainly has a connection to me now I think about it and as soon as I finish typing I'm off to deal with what I think may by my source.  I've been going crazy lately with my towels never smelling clean no matter how many times I wash them and dry them, as soon as they become wet after one use they have an awful 'damp' smell.  I googled the problem yesterday and found the reason is bacteria that regular detergent can't remove and it was suggested to use white vinegar in the wash.  It also said to clean the washing machine and look under the rubber boot in the door for mould. (I have a front loader)  I looked last night and it needed cleaning....meant to do it today but I forgot (too bust worrying about why I'm smelling cigarette smoke all day).  Point is I've been jamming my nose into and inhaling deeply my towels regularly to see if they still smell and I'm wondering now because of the last post if I've inhaled some kind of mould bacteria and that has cause this 'smoke smelling problem'???  I'm excited to go and clean my washing machine with bleach to see if it helps....  By the way, washing towels in vinegar certainly worked, if you're having the problem!!  So, it's trying to find a link here for everyone suffering this....I'm clutching at straws because I SO DON'T want to believe there's anything wrong with my brain.....Do your towels have a weird 'damp' smell???  I know it's a common problem......other things that are a bit out of the ordinary for me to see if anyone finds a link are:

       

      * I'm breastfeeding.

       

      * I'm on a very restricted diet because my baby has 'sensitivities' No wheat and no dairy for the last four months.

       

      * I've recently laid a LOT of mulch in the garden.

       

      * I'm tired because I'm not getting a lot of sleep.

       

      * I don't have allergies that I'm aware of.

       

      * I consider myself to be a bit of an anxious type, I'm chlastrofobic.

       

      I can't think of anything else worth mentioning but if I do I'll certainly be back.

       

      I'd love to hear if anyone else has 'musty' smelling towels though....wouldn't it be fantastic if THAT was the problem......

       

       

       

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    • Max
      Max
      July 14, 2009
      Max
      Max
      July 14, 2009

      Mold spores may be a plausible cause, not readily detectible, and considering no other known environmental factors. I have experienced this false sense of smelling smoke, as of cigarettes, burnt toast, or roadside burning, for four or five years, both at work and at home. It is intermittent, annoying, and causes bronchoconstriction. Fortunately it usually lasts no more than a minute. It used to happen several times a day, but in the past year or so it has been more like weekly. An albuterol inhaler seems to relieve the symptoms.

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    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      I just wanted to let you know that my towels are smelling the same way. I have had this smoke smell for over 2 yrs. After I read the post about mold it was an ahh haa moment! I have noticed that when I sit on my couch I keep smelling a musky mold smell. It was coming from the vent with the filter in my home. My husband changed it a month ago but I can still smell it. I had just not thought anymore about it until I read the mold post. Now I am wondering if there is mold growing under my home and is coming out through the vent. We have noticed a weird fungus or mold growing in our flower bed. Our neighbors have the same mold. We had this house built 2 1/2 years ago.. Coincidence, I'm not so sure.. the timing is on target... Now I want to go out and look under the house... we have black widows bad here so maybe I will send my husband..lol.. either way I have to know if something is growing under there and if not I already know that something has been growing in our flower bed the last two years during the summer so is it the soil that my house is bult on or is it the mulch in the flower bed? There's got to be a connection here... Tell me what you guys think...

      blnix@bellsouth.net

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    • TXanne
      August 26, 2009
      TXanne
      August 26, 2009

      I'm also breastfeeding, but I've been smelling smoke sense my second trimester. I always assumed it was pregnancy related and expected it to resolve itself once my baby was born. It stopped for a while (maybe a month) after he was born but resumed. I can't speak for everyone else obviously because you're the only breastfeeding poster other than myself--but maybe it's related to hormones and milk production? It's just a feeling I have, but I won't know until I wean my son--and that's going to be several more months. The smoke smell is a nuisance to me but not severe enough for me to go the doctor.

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    • hazmat house
      May 19, 2010
      hazmat house
      May 19, 2010

      Yes!!! Thank you!  That would explain why spouses are smelling it as well! My husband has also smelled this.  This has been happening for several months now, and we jsut recently found a leak in our crawl space which caused significant mold and water damage that has recently been treated.  Our house is currently under construction and the smell is definitely at it's worst!  Thank you!!!!  I truly think this could be the cause! 

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    • Faria
      March 12, 2011
      Faria
      March 12, 2011

      Hi,

       

      Ive been smelling the cigerrate smell recently and I believe that it could be because of the mold that was growing in my room. Now, I removed it and cleaned it with bleach really well. Oddly enough, I have been smelling the smell after i removed the mold. Any idea why? Thanks !

       

      Faria

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  • Almost There March 14, 2009
    Almost There
    March 14, 2009

    I may have a solution for some of you. I have had an inner ear problem with clogged eustachian tubes (they run from your inner ear down to the back of your throat) for over a month. I tried a lot of things, including Sudafed, Advil, and one doctor gave me AllegraD, and another doctor gave me a steriod based nasal spray. Didn't work. Then, about a week ago, I received a newsletter from a health food store - Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers - which had an article about inner ear health, mostly related to children, since their eustachian tubes are smaller and, therefore, more likely to have inner ear infections. The article spoke of a probiotic called S.salivarius K12, which I believe is like a good kind of bacteria, that attacks the bad bacteria in your nose and throat. This probiotic is similar to what they use in producing yogurt. At any rate, they advertised this probiotic for sale and I bought the product. Because it's directed toward children, it's in a pink box that says Nature's Plus, Animal Parade, Children's Chewable INNER EAR Support, on sale for $10.49 for 90 tablets. The directions call for children to chew 2 tablets per day. Although it doesn't have directions for adults, I have been chewing 4 tablets after my first meal of the day, and 2 more right before going to bed at night. I also purchased Acai Juice (a Brazilian berry very high in antioxidents), and take 2 tablespoons per day. I have been doing this for only 4 days and although I am not 100% back to normal yet, I am extremely happy with the results so far. Before I started taking this, I had smelled that horrible smoke constantly for over a week, and now I smell it only a few times a day, and only for a very short period of time. It appears to improve with each passing day. Oh, I also have been taking 2 Sudafed before I go to bed, in hopes that it might assist in my eustachian tubes not clogging up when lying in bed, since they have a hard time draining at that angle. I don't know if this will ultimately resolve this issue for good, but I am really happy with the results so far, and I hope that this information will be helpful to others suffering from this problem.

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  • rn
    rn
    April 12, 2009
    rn
    rn
    April 12, 2009

    I have this problem too...a smell of smoke in my nostrils and burning eyes, usually at the end of the day or when I'm in bed.  It comes and goes, and typically last for a few weeks to a month.  I also have a history of sinus infections, snoring, sinus headaches, and resipiratory infections.  Glad to hear that I'm not alone and many thanks to the other posters for relating your experiences. I just tried brushing my teeth, saline spray, eye drops, and dabbing some Carmex around my nostrils...helped for 5 minutes.  If this is a neurological problem, why can't I smell frehsly baked chocolate cake, why does it have to be smoke?

     

     

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    • Sushama
      October 28, 2009
      Sushama
      October 28, 2009

      Right - I wouldn't mind chocolate!  Smile

      I've had some relief with the saline solution using a 'neti' pot which you can buy at any health food store.  Also with pranayama [breathing] exercises such as are taught sometimes in yoga classes, and esp by the Art of Living.

      But I would like to know how to get rid of both the smell [which happens for me randomly] and the congestion [which is daily when i don't do pranayama] though....!  time to talk with my Dr. about this I guess.

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    • Me Too
      January 25, 2010
      Me Too
      January 25, 2010

      I'm with you - why not a pleasant smell like chocolate or cinamon!!!

      I too am relieved to know I'm not losing my mind - I have the symptoms mentioned and also a tight chest and a bit short of breath - some brutal headaches too.  Have tried many natural remedies, nasal flushes etc but none are working so far.

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  • Launa Stanley March 30, 2009
    Launa Stanley
    March 30, 2009

    I smell smoke when nobody else does at work, home, non-smoking places

     

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  • Almost There March 14, 2009
    Almost There
    March 14, 2009

    I just want to clarify my response above, regarding using probiotics and Acai. I am NOT a doctor. If you have an inner ear infection or any other medical condition you should be diagnosed and treated by a physician. Many conditions require prescription medication, such as antibiotics for some types of inner ear infections for example, or other medicine, and certain conditions can be serious if left untreated. Please seek advice from your physician. My intent in relating my experience with the probiotics and Acai, was that I personally found relief regarding smelling smoke constantly, which is what this particular blog is all about. I just wanted to clarify that. Thank you. I hope you all are able to find relief from this problem.

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  • Max
    Max
    October 23, 2009
    Max
    Max
    October 23, 2009

    Daniel and others,

     

    I don't want to cause alarm, but I thought my recent situation may shed some light for a few of you.

     

    Like you, Daniel, in July of 1009 while in Hilo, Hawaii I developed a very severe sinus infection in conjunction with a terrible persistent cough, fever, and headache.  I also took 2 Z-pak (antiboitic) courses.  Throughout the following summer I could not entirely get rid of the cough.

     

    In about November I began to smell, what seemed to be, burning toast.  At the time I didn't consider the smell of cigarettes since neither my wife or I have ever smoked and we are the only ones in the house.  Like many of you, I would open windows to try to clear the air and would ask my wife if she had burned some toast.  It was only after her feedback/confirmation that there was absolutely no smell that I realized the problem was unique to me.

     

    The next month I woke up with a persistent cough and headache.  I discovered a tingling sensation over the left side of my face such that, when I brushed my hand over the skin's surface it felt as if was dragging a spider web across it.  I thought I was having a mini-stroke (TIA or transient ischemic attack) and was taken to the local emergency room.

     

    Contrast CT and MRI scans revealed 2 golf ball-sized bacterial abscesses had formed in my posterior frontal lobes.  Treatment consisted of brain surgery, 21 days in the hospital rehab unit with massive 24/7 infusions of extremely strong antibiotics for 4 months.

     

    I am still bothered by the inconsistent smell (phantosmia) of cigarette smoke which appears to be worse when my brain is fatigued and is strong enough to wake me up.

    Sleep (ie. relative brain inactivity) seems to definitely help reduce the symptoms.

     

    Many of you have probably done extensive Web searches under olfactory hallucination and have seen the possible links to brain damage and seizure activity (Mayo Clinic, etc.).  Based on my experience, I highly recommend that you see a good neurologist if you have these ongoing weird olfactory symptoms.  Mine appear to have been the result of a nasty brain infection. 

     

    My MDs continue to worry that I may yet have a seizure disorder which has not yet manifest despite a negative EEG, based on my ongoing phantosmia.  Yet another work-up with a neurologist is next month.  If something is revealed I will let you know.

     

    Best of luck and health to you.

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  • bumptybrown June 23, 2009
    bumptybrown
    June 23, 2009

    Hi again.

    Just been to an ENT specialist and a neurologist.

    I have a mild inflammation on my sinuses. I checked out 100% with the neurologist.

    It was recommended I use a saline rinse twice a day. Take a zinc supplement. He also suggested a steroid nasal spray and maybe anti-biotics but because I'm nursing I'm not able to take these.

    I still have an appointment with an allergist and then I'm at a loss.

    The second last post, ashgar30 seems to be in exactly the same situation as I am.

    The neurologist thinks this will resolve itself soon enough, but because of all the posts I've read here I have my doubts!!

    I'm going to the UK for 5 weeks in 2 weeks time. If I still smell smoke I'll be interested to see if it goes away when I'm in the UK. If it does, and it returns when I come home, I'll maybe assume it's something in my house causing an irritation.....

    Also, I suppose this COULD be a stress related thing. I have a 5 and a half month old baby, I have no help and I'm pretty tired....

    If I can't get to the bottom of this I'll try acupuncture, Chinese medicine, hypnotism, ANYTHING to get rid of the smell. It's awful and I do NOT want to think I have to live like this permanently.

     

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  • bumptybrown June 18, 2009
    bumptybrown
    June 18, 2009

    Ok.

    I posted a couple of days ago. I have an MRI appointment tomorrow.

    In the meantime I've been reading more and I'm convinced this isn't anything to do with the brain although now I'm worried so I'm going ahead with the MRI to rule it out.....

    I just bought a neti pot to try as a few people seemed to have had success...I've used one before many years ago so I'm not new to it and I know how to do it. I can NOT get the water to come out of my other nostril!!! I've tried many different head angles and even just watched a 'how to' video on youtube. I'm relaxed, I'm not afraid (as I said, I've done it before) I'm doing it RIGHT and the water will not come. All I'm getting is a pain in my forehead.

    Is it possible to have blocked sinuses without even knowing it??? I can breathe fine.....

     

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    • CR
      CR
      June 03, 2011
      CR
      CR
      June 03, 2011

      I know its been a while since you last posted. BUt I wanted to ask about the results of your MRI?

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  • bumptybrown June 16, 2009
    bumptybrown
    June 16, 2009

    Hello. Like almost everyone here I'm surprised and relieved to know I'm not alone. I googled 'smelling cigarette smoke' 'altered sense' and couldn't believe how many websites and forums there are. Of course I'm EXTREMELY disappointed not to read of a solution to the problem. I started smelling smoke 4 days ago. I had just laid a lot of 'mulch' outside in my garden and though I must be smelling that. Then I decide it was definitely cigarette smoke and went outside to see if it was coming form my neighbor's. It wasn't and my husband couldn't smell any smoke at all. It's been driving me crazy and I actually got a bit upset and cried today. I have a 5 month old baby and I feel as if her room smells of smoke. It's awful. I've got myself all worried about it being something wrong with my brain as I had a sharp pain on the front right side of my head yesterday. Please, I'd love to hear more stories of people with this problem going for scans and getting the 'all-clear'. I've made an appointment with an ENT specialist for next week. I will definitely post the results here as I know that answers are really important to people like me searching with this strange condition. I saw a lot of posts with people saying they would report back but didn't. I'm hoping it's for a 'good' reason because the problem just went away and they forgot about it....

    Anyway, I'm slightly intrigued by the last post about the mould!! It certainly has a connection to me now I think about it and as soon as I finish typing I'm off to deal with what I think may by my source. I've been going crazy lately with my towels never smelling clean no matter how many times I wash them and dry them, as soon as they become wet after one use they have an awful 'damp' smell. I googled the problem yesterday and found the reason is bacteria that regular detergent can't remove and it was suggested to use white vinegar in the wash. It also said to clean the washing machine and look under the rubber boot in the door for mould. (I have a front loader) I looked last night and it needed cleaning....meant to do it today but I forgot (too bust worrying about why I'm smelling cigarette smoke all day). Point is I've been jamming my nose into and inhaling deeply my towels regularly to see if they still smell and I'm wondering now because of the last post if I've inhaled some kind of mould bacteria and that has cause this 'smoke smelling problem'??? I'm excited to go and clean my washing machine with bleach to see if it helps.... By the way, washing towels in vinegar certainly worked, if you're having the problem!! So, it's trying to find a link here for everyone suffering this....I'm clutching at straws because I SO DON'T want to believe there's anything wrong with my brain.....Do your towels have a weird 'damp' smell??? I know it's a common problem......other things that are a bit out of the ordinary for me to see if anyone finds a link are:

     

    * I'm breastfeeding.

     

    * I'm on a very restricted diet because my baby has 'sensitivities' No wheat and no dairy for the last four months.

     

    * I've recently laid a LOT of mulch in the garden.

     

    * I'm tired because I'm not getting a lot of sleep.

     

    * I don't have allergies that I'm aware of.

     

    * I consider myself to be a bit of an anxious type, I'm chlastrofobic.

     

    I can't think of anything else worth mentioning but if I do I'll certainly be back.

     

    I'd love to hear if anyone else has 'musty' smelling towels though....wouldn't it be fantastic if THAT was the problem......

     

     

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    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      I just wanted to let you know that my towels are smelling the same way. I have had this smoke smell for over 2 yrs. After I read the post about mold it was an ahh haa moment! I have noticed that when I sit on my couch I keep smelling a musky mold smell. It was coming from the vent with the filter in my home. My husband changed it a month ago but I can still smell it. I had just not thought anymore about it until I read the mold post. Now I am wondering if there is mold growing under my home and is coming out through the vent. We have noticed a weird fungus or mold growing in our flower bed. Our neighbors have the same mold. We had this house built 2 1/2 years ago.. Coincidence, I'm not so sure.. the timing is on target... Now I want to go out and look under the house... we have black widows bad here so maybe I will send my husband..lol.. either way I have to know if something is growing under there and if not I already know that something has been growing in our flower bed the last two years during the summer so is it the soil that my house is bult on or is it the mulch in the flower bed? There's got to be a connection here... Tell me what you guys think...I live in South Carolina...

      blnix@bellsouth.net

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  • elssxa May 17, 2009
    elssxa
    May 17, 2009

    I have been smelling smoke too. It is so bad that my eyes, throat and nose burn. If I put my hand over my nose then I breath through my mouth and i can taste the smoke.

    I went to the doctor. I was told it was a sinus infection and they put me on antibotics. It got worse which can only mean it is a fungus infection in the nasal cavity. Also i was told that i had chronic dry eye syndrome. SO have that checked out too. I was told that the eyes and nose are connected and can send wrong signals to each other and we smell different things.
    And the last thing you need to have checked is acid reflux which i am having that checked on monday. I was told acid goes up and can burn your throat and nose when it goes up. The tissue is sensitive so then you smell the damaged tissue. That is why nobody can smell it but you. I was told by a naturopath doctor. Now im going monday to a medical doctor to see what to do.  I will be taking fungal medication, diflucan, to rule out the fungal infection too.
    Good luck and God bless everyone.

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    • elssxa
      May 22, 2009
      elssxa
      May 22, 2009

      To Everyone From Elssxa

      I went to get tests and a physical on the smelling smoke issue. I was told t hat I have a very bad sinus infection and that they cause people to smell smoke cause you get all stuffed up there. Many things can cause this. One is using vicks vapor rub in your nose and it causes your sinus to clog up there. I was given antibotics for 21 days and i have to use an air purifier nearby where I sleep and sit down. I will keep everyone posted on what happens. Good luck to everyone.

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    • elssxa
      May 27, 2009
      elssxa
      May 27, 2009

      Well I went to another doctor because i wasn't getting better. It turns out that it wasn't a sinus infection after all. The antibotics were making me sick. It was irritating my stomach because I  have ulcers/acid reflux.

      Yes that is what the symptoms are.

       

      Smelling smoke that isn't there is due to the acid reflux in the nose

      sore throat

      hoarse voice

      symptoms are worse when sitting down or lying down. Mine is worse when on the computer sitting down.

      the smell of smoke almost chokes me

      my eye water and burn

       

       

      I suggest that everyone get checked for ulcers and acid reflux. These doctors are making us take antibotics for sinus infections. I got extremely sick with the antibotics for the sinus infection. I get so angry that they just guess and guess. Please demand to have tests done. Blood tests and laboratory. But please get checked and treated. If you don't have insurance, contact the state and find free clinics and hospitals that will help you but get checked.


      Its very important. left untreated it could lead to stomach cancer. I was told. Please get treated immediately.

       

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    • kris in parkville
      June 08, 2009
      kris in parkville
      June 08, 2009

      Are you saying that acid reflux caused the phantom smoke smell?  I have had acid reflux for years and only started with the smoke smell the last 3 weeks.  It's actually making me nauseaus.  What was your treatment??

       

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    • elssxa
      June 09, 2009
      elssxa
      June 09, 2009

      I am taking pepcid AC until I go for the hospital tests. But my doctor said it was acid reflux. I am still really scared.  I was told that Prilosec was what made me get worse. I started smelling the smoke in the nose due to the acid coming up after taking prilosec for an ulcers. But i had no idea the smell of smoke, coughing and sore throat was connected with acid reflux. I have been drinking water and I went to the health store. The acid actually irritates the tissue in the nose and causes the weird smoke smell.

      let me know  how you are doing. and what you are doing about this. i have increase water to 5 glasses per day. it helps.  I still have to go back. elssxa at hotmail dot com

      elssxa@hotmail.com

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    • elssxa
      June 09, 2009
      elssxa
      June 09, 2009

      I am taking pepcid AC until I go for the hospital tests. But my doctor said it was acid reflux. I am still really scared.  I was told that Prilosec was what made me get worse. I started smelling the smoke in the nose due to the acid coming up after taking prilosec for an ulcers. But i had no idea the smell of smoke, coughing and sore throat was connected with acid reflux. I have been drinking water and I went to the health store. The acid actually irritates the tissue in the nose and causes the weird smoke smell.

      let me know  how you are doing. and what you are doing about this. i have increase water to 5 glasses per day. it helps.  I still have to go back. elssxa at hotmail dot com

      elssxa@hotmail.com

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    • Annie
      June 24, 2009
      Annie
      June 24, 2009

      just a month ago, i was diagnosed with LPR.   Exactly what you are talking about!   Acid gets trapped in the throat and sinuses, instead of the esophagus.   The doctor has me on a fancy form of prilosec, and i've been doing everything i can to change my diet to help.  

       

      Do you think the pump inhibitors (the meds) could be contributing to the reflux, instead of helping? 

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    • shadrick
      May 26, 2010
      shadrick
      May 26, 2010

      elssxa!

      Thank you for sharing.... I too have acid reflux and was taking Prilosec!  I'm going to stop that right away.  It looks like it's time to see my stomach doctor again.

       

      Shadrick

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    • Desiree
      April 12, 2011
      Desiree
      April 12, 2011
      Thank you so much for this I woke up just last night for the first time gating on acid coming up from my stomach. This was the second time in maybe 5 years but the smoke smell has been around longer and more often, yet sporadic. it makes sense and ironic the acid reflux last night. READ MORE
  • Shel March 24, 2009
    Shel
    March 24, 2009

    Geez... I thought I was going crazy with this phantom cigarette smell.  On a lark, I decided to do a web search and came across this site.  What a relief to find others who are experiencing the same thing.  Mine started about a week ago while I was visiting my parents in their Florida condo.  I thought it was just smoke coming in through vents somehow from a neighbor's apartment.  Then I started experiencing it everywhere, including my own house when I got home.  I'm going to try some of the remedies suggested here.  Thank you all.

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  • smarie33 March 17, 2009
    smarie33
    March 17, 2009

    I've read in other forums that this is nasal polyps, an infection that can only really be removed by surgery. I read that some people thinking they had tumors, went to get brain scans and they found out it was only polyps. I'm posting because I didn't see that answer here and it made me feel better to think that I probably DON'T have a brain tumor, (phantom smells are sometimes caused by this, but I can't see a phanotm smell making my eyes water).

     

    I have had one horrendus infection in my life. It was a bacterial, fungal, viral nasal infection. My fault for letting it get that sever. I waited until one of my eye closed shut and I could sleep because I was in so much pain. The doctor put me on 4 medications at once. That was some five years ago. And after that when ever I lay down my nose gets clogged, also when I don't get enough sleep my nose will be clogged sometimes throughout the day. I think about last year I began smelling smoke. I only did some internet research because yesterday my eyes began tearing. I assume it was from some medication I took, I seem to get a sinus infection every other year...might also be related to the fact that I haven't gotten my tonsils taken out, I'm 24.

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  • Almost There March 14, 2009
    Almost There
    March 14, 2009

    I just want to clarify my response above, regarding using probiotics and Acai. I am NOT a doctor. If you have an inner ear infection or any other medical condition you should be diagnosed and treated by a physician. Many conditions require prescription medication, such as antibiotics for some types of inner ear infections for example, or other medicine, and certain conditions can be serious if left untreated. Please seek advice from your physician. My intent in relating my experience with the probiotics and Acai, was that I personally found relief regarding smelling smoke constantly, which is what this particular blog is all about. I just wanted to clarify that. Thank you. I hope you all are able to find relief from this problem.

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  • Ariel February 15, 2009
    Ariel
    February 15, 2009

    Hey, all,

     

    I'm so relieved to know that I'm far from the only one experiencing this. I first got this phantom nicotine odor following general anesthesia last April or May; it disappeared, but then I had another surgery last December, same anesthesia. This time it took about two months to begin, and emotional upset seems to set it off, but it is more frequent, and now almost omnipresent. The toughest part is trying to figure out when there is NO cigarette smoke as opposed to when there actually is. I told the surgeon and the internist I saw about it last spring; neither was concerned. I also have some sharp twinges on occasion in about the same region of my head. George Gershwin died of a brain tumor, and it was reported he smelled burning rubber. I don't know if that's pertinent to my situation, but it sounds like a lot of people of all ages are smelling this cigarette smoke whether it exists in actuality or not, and that's a strange coincidence. Maybe it's something the tobacco companies, or enemy nations have concocted against us? Think conspiracy theory. Not that far-fetched, when I reflect on the rumors about the CIA using the NYC subway system to test odorless gas as a weapon.

     

    I should get it checked out, as I hate the smell of cigarette smoke (as an ex-smoker, especially). If it's nothing, then I have to go with the conspiracy theory. I wonder if a blood-gas analysis or count would expose anything for any of us... If we smell it (but can't see it) and there are molecules of cigarette smoke elements in our blood, then the conspiracy theory is true! Evil-doers, trying to hook us on nicotine, or nations on a vengeance path for the US tobacco-marketing efforts against these countries... Camel unfiltered, anyone?  :-)

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    • Carolyn
      April 17, 2010
      Carolyn
      April 17, 2010

      I'm so glad I found this.  This has been going on for 2-3 years and it's not constant. Sometimes I won't smell it for weeks or months and then it will come back.  The only places I smell it is at home either in the living room or my bedroom.  No one in the house smokes.  I do tend to have problems with my sinus.  I'm so glad to know I'm not alone. 

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  • Char February 22, 2010
    Char
    February 22, 2010

    I too have been experiencing the smell of smoke.  I have had sinus problems lately.  It seems to me after reading all these that it has something to do with our sinus.  Hope someone can figure out what is causing it.  I am making an appointment with my doctor this week.  Do not like the smell of cigarette smoke at all anymore.  Use to smoke....20 years ago.   Glad to see I am not the only one experiencing this. 

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    • Tonyvt
      February 25, 2010
      Tonyvt
      February 25, 2010

      Me too.   Same issue.  No alergys known?  First happened last year off an on for a few days then gone over a couple of week period.  Its back now. Only thing I can add that is bugging me that Ive read from others is I have developed migrane in the last 1-2 years.   Only very occationally. Maybe once every other month.  Either head ache or the eye spot (most commonly) light in the eyes.

       

      So Ive had this smoke smell symptom for over a week now again.  It comes and goes during the day.  off and on.  Im amazed so many have this but no doctors know what it is.   I also have not been sick or anything.   I seldome ever get colds, flu or sinus infection...

       

      Im stumped, wondering.....

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  • Raj
    Raj
    September 14, 2009
    Raj
    Raj
    September 14, 2009

    I started experiencing the smoke smell first time in my life time for last 3 days.

    after reading all these artcle I think I should consult a doctor.

    --Raj

     

     

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    • Alphiyah
      September 21, 2009
      Alphiyah
      September 21, 2009

      Dear All,

       

      I decided to google the `burning smell' sensation because my daughter, 10,

      complains about it for about 2-3 months now. It comes to her on and off and

      she becomes really irritated and cranky because of that; especially somehow

      when it's time for her to sleep. We were dismissing her complains as we

      felt no smoke at all; but now I see it can be serious and real!  As far as I see,

      it indeed may have had started after her especially bad cold, some 3 months ago.

      She also had rather weak sinuses before, mostly having stuffed nose every time

      after swimming for the last 2 years, and she swims a lot. I even thought she has

      allergy to the chlorine in the pool water... My husband did smoke but quit 3

      months ago, and she says she never had it outside of the house. It is monsoon

      season now in India and mold (spores) is probably everywhere. I will definitely check

      for polyps and/or nasal fungus; it's just possible that this is the reason. Any severe

      infection lowers the immunity (what with antibiotics) and fungus could have taken

      over...  The problem with the child is that she can't really express what she is

      feeling, just gets too cranky, cries and screams at us...

       

       

       

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  • Speicalkitty August 17, 2009
    Speicalkitty
    August 17, 2009

    I too am experiencing smoke smell. Every since I started sterioids.  I Have had cronic allergies and sinus problems all my life so I doubt it's that.  I'm betting it's the steroids.

     

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  • ME
    ME
    March 12, 2009
    ME
    ME
    March 12, 2009

    From what I read, I know that several of us have the same symptoms.   I could continue to talk about my symptoms but it is not my intent.  What I would like to know is if there is a remedy for it.  Can someone out there talk about how they got rid of the symptoms.

     

    ME from Palo Alto, CA

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    • megan82
      April 17, 2011
      megan82
      April 17, 2011

      I found my cause to be dicalcium phosphate.  After keeping track for about a year, I'm positive this is what's causing it for me.

      I've found it in a vitamin I was taking when it first started for me.  Since then, I've found it in other supplements, soy milk, whole wheat tortillas, and cereal. (not all brands)

      Here are some other names for dicalcium phosphate...

      -dibasic calcium phosphate

      -calcium hydrogenphosphate

      -calcium monohydrogen phosphate

       

      And some related compounds...

      -magnesium phosphate

      -monocalcium phosphate

      -tricalcium phosphate

      -strontium phosphate

       

      Hope this is it for you too!

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  • chichi February 01, 2010
    chichi
    February 01, 2010

    I have been smellingsmoke for the last 2 days . I think mine is due to a very bad chest and head cold

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  • Vicki December 26, 2009
    Vicki
    December 26, 2009

    Let me know when you find out cause I have had the same thing happen to me.

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  • abcdefg54321kkssj November 26, 2009
    abcdefg54321kkssj
    November 26, 2009

    Okay,

    I am just 18,

    and I am experiencing the smoke smell in my nose,

    and I can't seem to smell anything else, it sucks!

     

    Here is what happened:

    I had a shot of bourbon (old crow),

    and my chest got really tight,

    it felt like I needed some fresh air

    (no one was smoking or burning anything, air was clear)

    so I breathed in a deep breath expecting it to help,

    but it only made it worse! And not only that,

    but pressure and pain spread into my arms..

     

    I was advised by the friends I was with to take HALF of another shot,

    and chase it with beer, to loosen up.

     

    Well it worked.

     

    I threw up early that morning, and in the afternoon,

    it's only been about a whole 26 hours since I drank that first shot,

    but I noticed that I started smelling the smoke around 24 hours after the shot I took..

     

    I still feel slightly sick to my stomach,

    but I ate a tuna sandwhich about 6 hours ago.

    I don't FEEL hungry..

    I want the smell to go away,

    it smells like a fire, sometimes it smells like the bourbon..

    It's making things worse,

    and I'm getting scared..
    What is going on?!!

     

    I'm thinking nerve damage,

    but then what happened in my chest?

     

    I DO have bad sinuses,

    plus I live in the WV/KY area,

    so it's bad for allergies anyway..

    Anybody know what's going on or have any CLUE?

    =(

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  • cll766 November 24, 2009
    cll766
    November 24, 2009

    Could be a side effect from the Z-pack. In the past, I have had taste changes for a few says while on a medicine until the effects wore off. I had a major sinus infection this year and could "smell" my infection. I was also on a Z-pack this year for a mastoid and did not have any ill effects. If it persists, tell your doctor or get a second opinion.

     

    Just a thought, I have a nicotine allergy and I can smell smoke on clothes and in cars for days after they lit up. Prolonged exposure triggers my asthma. One time, I was working at Meijer's and smelled a person who had just smoked a cigar from 4 aisles down (don't ask). Are you sure that someone close to you is not lighting up and keeping it from you?

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  • vicki October 23, 2009
    vicki
    October 23, 2009

    My experience has been of smelling stale nicotine, like yesterday's ashtray full of stubbed out cigarettes.  This happened last year when I had full-on influenza with head and lung congestion.  I didn't take antibiotics.  I have never smoked.  No-one near me smokes.  I live in pure country air.  When I got over the flu, the smell went away.  Thus, in my case, the stale nicotine smell was directly related to having a head-nose-throat-chest infection.  A year later I have a head cold and sinus infection and noticed the same smoky-nicotine smell for a little while.  So I think it is just something to do with the infection.  Doesn't mean you have a brain tumour or a mental illness.  Smile

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    • Susan
      October 27, 2009
      Susan
      October 27, 2009

      Hi all,

       

      I posted somewhere else about 6 months ago, had been smelling cigarette smoke all the time, but it went away and I proceeded to forget about it.

       

      Yesterday it came back with a vengeance. I have this theory about it being the neighbors, that somehow they are smoking and the smoke is getting into our house through the attic via the air return system. The only problem is, neither my husband nor my daughter can smell smoke. This is driving me nuts, because it really is so strong it is almost overpowering. Yesterday I woke up very early and made my husband open the garage door and start up the fan, even though it was only 30 degrees outside. I was desperate for some fresh air.

       

      I lived with extreme second-hand smoke until the age of 18. At 15 I developed asthma and on top of the allergies I already had, this made a real mess. I continue to suffer from asthma/allergies, which I thought were under control. I might understand this episode if there was some obvious trigger (why now and not for the past six months am I smelling the smoke)... I haven't had any particular upper respiratory problems, am not on any unusual medications, etc. I do have very dry eyes and sometimes my right eye does not want to open when I wake up because it is so dry. But no nasal congestion to speak of, occasional sneezing, but that was pretty much confined to the allergy season (Jun-Aug). The only new food is some dill pickles we put up about 9-10 weeks ago. The brine turned out way too salty, but homemade pickles are just the best so I ate them anyway -- then drank lots of water.

       

      My husband theorizes that if I get a whiff of any kind of smoke, I start thinking it is cigarette smoke. I have explained to him that I can differentiate every kind of smoke, cigarette, from the oven, from a frying pan, from the neighbor's grill, from industrial sources -- they all have a distinctly different odor, but for me cigarette smoke is the worst. It burns my throat and eyes and I can practically taste it -- does anybody else have it to this degree? The last time I smelled smoke, it was like smoke from a pipe -- sweet and even more sickening than cigarette smoke. This time it's back to plain ol' cigarette smoke. I am so fearful that it is real and will injure my already damaged lungs.

       

      Today I actually posted an inquiry for a home air quality test. If the cost is reasonable we are going to spring for it. If it can be proved to me there is absolutely nothing contaminating the air then I will deal with this in a different way -- i.e. biofeedback or accupuncture or something...I would actually be relieved to know that this is something in my head, because then it won't be making my lungs/breathing worse and shortening my life at the same time. I'm pretty good with biofeedback -- but right now I'm not convinced it isn't real. I need proof!

       

      If anybody wants to communicate more often, just let me know and I will happily exchange e-mails.

       

      Best of luck to all ...

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    • preliminarymap
      October 30, 2009
      preliminarymap
      October 30, 2009

      I too have been smelling smoke when there is no smoke around me.  It started several weeks ago when while driving through town one evening we drove through smoke coming off a burning pile of leaves.  After driving through, I notice that the smell was still with me much later and many miles away.  Well today makes the 3rd or 4th episode with the phantom smell/smoke and I am starting to really get bothered by it.  I am glad to read that other people are experiencing this and that I am not alone.  I am going to try a sinus rinse/flush.  If that doesn't help I'll make an appoint with the Dr.  I have read many theories and ideas and will share those with my doctor. 

      I was wondering if this might be brought on by using to much hand sanitizer (contains 62% ethyl alcohol - could this be absorbed through the skin? ) And just this month I started taking a low dose antibiotics for acne.   -----   I am just throwing ideas out there as I am always one to question, question, question until I find answers........ 

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    • preliminarymap
      October 30, 2009
      preliminarymap
      October 30, 2009

      Just read up on ethyl alcohol, not a source for concern.

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    • goodqueen
      November 05, 2009
      goodqueen
      November 05, 2009

      I can't beleive it.  I too have been smelling smoke all around me for the past week. I actually had it happen to me last January for about a week and I attributed it to something else entirely. Now it's back and yes I have started a new job where I have to continually use hand sanitizers (nurse).  My husband actually made the connection and asked me to google it.  The day the smoke smell started, I remembered putting the some sanitizer gel directly under my nose so as to avoid germs from a women who had a bad flu. (I know sounds silly - but she was really sick and in my car). That same day  the smoke smell started.  Could that be it??????????  Somebody figure something out - I'm desperate, it's with me all the time and I am having trouble sleeping with it. Does the smell affect your taste? Not me, as yet.  I tried taking a Claritan - did nothing. As well - do you have the smell in both nostrils? I can't tell.  Somebody must know something by now.

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  • Alphiyah September 21, 2009
    Alphiyah
    September 21, 2009

    Dear All,

     

    I decided to google the `burning smell' sensation because my daughter, 10,

    complains about it for about 2-3 months now. It comes to her on and off and

    she becomes really irritated and cranky because of that; especially somehow

    when it's time for her to sleep. We were dismissing her complains as we

    felt no smoke at all; but now I see it can be serious and real!  As far as I see,

    it indeed may have had started after her especially bad cold, some 3 months ago.

    She also had rather weak sinuses before, mostly having stuffed nose every time

    after swimming for the last 2 years, and she swims a lot. I even thought she has

    allergy to the chlorine in the pool water... My husband did smoke but quit 3

    months ago, and she says she never had it outside of the house. It is monsoon

    season now in India and mold (spores) is probably everywhere. I will definitely check

    for polyps and/or nasal fungus; it's just possible that this is the reason. Any severe

    infection lowers the immunity (what with antibiotics) and fungus could have taken

    over...  The problem with the child is that she can't really express what she is

    feeling, just gets too cranky, cries and screams at us...

     

     

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  • Falls June 09, 2009
    Falls
    June 09, 2009

    well my better half was smelling smoke like ye guys. Obviously we heard all the horror stories (tumors etc). She went for an mri last week and got the results yesterday..thank god she is totally clear-- nothing nada...zilch. we are relieved.


    Still has the smell of smoke now and again.


    So for all ye people who are worried, go get checked, but expect to be clear and unfortunately still to have the smell of smoke.


    if anyone get any ideas, we will try it and thanks for this forum. its good to know we are not alone...


    we are going to use a saline solution spray from today. if anything changes i will come back here and let ye know.


    good luck...

     

     

     

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  • JohnD April 18, 2009
    JohnD
    April 18, 2009

    I started smelling this phantom smoke/coffee smell a few months ago, and I thought it was because I may drink too much coffee.  I cut down on it for a few days and it went away.  Now its back, yesterday I started smelling it in the evening, was fine all day today, then just about an hour ago it started again.  I do have sinus issues, every winter I have at least one infection sometimes more.  Not sure if I just payed more attention to it this time around, or if it's getting worse, but now my eyes seem to burn a bit too.

    I'm a workaholic, don't usually get more than 5 hrs of sleep at night, so it might be exhaustion related too.

    Do all of you drink coffee regularly?  To me it's a mix of cigarette smoke/coffee smell, that's why I'm relating it to my coffee drinking.  My wife tells me sometime that my breath smells like coffee, so I've even related it to that, thinking that I smell my own breath somehow from my throat.  I've never smoked, for probably 25 years no one in my family smoked either.  For the last 14 years I've been working in a manufacturing firm where metalworking is done using CNC machines and lots of coolant is used.  I am in the office however but do have to go out often to the shop.  Also before that I used to work in my parents' frame shop for 8 years so both of these things could be affecting me.  I might go see a doctor in the next few weeks to make sure it's not a brain tumor or something similar.  I've been told I have a deviated septum as well, so who knows at this point what is causing this.  It's a little comforting to know there are others with this issue, at least I'm not going nuts...well not yet anyway.  Best to everyone.

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    • Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009
      Lynn Marie
      July 23, 2009

      I don't drink coffee but I do have the deviated septum. Have experienced the smoke smell for over 2 yrs. now.

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    • josie
      September 11, 2009
      josie
      September 11, 2009

      i truly understand how you feel!  mine started in may after a bad head cold it lasted most of the month then i started smellling a smoke coffee smell also,  my ear nose and throat dr. chedked me and i had a mri which is pretty standard for this problem,  my MRI came out clear and i do have a deviated septum also and he told me that my cold damaged my smell sensors and that certain smells are altered because of this and it gives a weird smell , manly a smoke smell from what the dr. says and my ENT dr. sometimes just a bad smell . but it seems from all that i ve read its smoke, i thought too it might be coffee and i also have it more at home and nite maybe cause the drainage from the deviated septum causes some crusting in the nose and the smell just lingers, i do use a neti pot each morining to clean my nose and it does help and i don t get as much moring drainage in my throat,  Its probably not a brain tumor like we all tend to think , sounds like we are all in the same boat here! I think we are all normal,  also mine did go away for  a month or so   but its back off and on, maybe the change in the weather it s cooler ,  good luck to all

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    • josie
      September 11, 2009
      josie
      September 11, 2009

      i truly understand how you feel!  mine started in may after a bad head cold it lasted most of the month then i started smellling a smoke coffee smell also,  my ear nose and throat dr. chedked me and i had a mri which is pretty standard for this problem,  my MRI came out clear and i do have a deviated septum also and he told me that my cold damaged my smell sensors and that certain smells are altered because of this and it gives a weird smell , manly a smoke smell from what the dr. says and my ENT dr. sometimes just a bad smell . but it seems from all that i ve read its smoke, i thought too it might be coffee and i also have it more at home and nite maybe cause the drainage from the deviated septum causes some crusting in the nose and the smell just lingers, i do use a neti pot each morining to clean my nose and it does help and i don t get as much moring drainage in my throat,  Its probably not a brain tumor like we all tend to think , sounds like we are all in the same boat here! I think we are all normal,  also mine did go away for  a month or so   but its back off and on, maybe the change in the weather it s cooler ,  good luck to all

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    • thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010
      thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010

      Hello, our combination of possible causes: i drink about 3 cups of coffee (fairly strong) per day and have for 40 years.  The smell of smoke arrived about 6 mos.- 1 year ago.  I do have a deviated septum and much nasal drip in spite of taking Allegra every night before bed and in the AM followed by very frequent need to blow nose throughout the day.

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    • Carolyn
      April 17, 2010
      Carolyn
      April 17, 2010

      Actually mine tends to be worse in spring and summer when we have the doors and windows open more.  That's why I'm thinking it may be some kind of alergy.  I'm not on any kind of medication so it's not a side effect of some sort.  As I stated earlier it feels so good to know I'm not alone.  I think I'm going to try using a saline spray on a regular basis to help keep things flushed out.

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  • Will March 23, 2009
    Will
    March 23, 2009

    Sorry - that mixture should be Hydrastis GLYCERITE (goldenseal and glycerine, I believe).

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  • Gary in Indy March 07, 2010
    Gary in Indy
    March 07, 2010

    Thanks all.

    I now know I'm not crazyLaughing (well, maybe a little).  And I was praying that it wasn't something severe {may still be, but we don't really know Frown}.

    I, too, hate smoke with a vengeance and tell smokers to bugger-off when around and have only been to only 2 sports bars in the past 10 years...and left early.

     

    I have never smoked, but came from a smoke filled home where my dad smoked.  But that was far too many years ago to be related.

      

    Now that I have been smelling this phantom smoke-smell for 2-3 weeks, I was getting very concerned that I was smelling, tasting and sensing (my eyes, back of my throat) for this entire time period.  Along with these posts, I have used a Z-pack (5th or 6th time in last several years for a sinus infections) and Mucinex DM (expectorant & cough - first time for that, but haven't used in 5 days now).  My cold / cough/ sinus drainage has lingered this time, whereas I'm accustomed to only 2-3 days and OTC meds usually do the trick.  I'm still coughing and have a raspy-ness to my breathing - something new to me.

     

    I will look into the "burnt popcorn" suggestion....my daughter severly burnt a brownie in the microwave and we had smoke in the entire house (my furnace has a fan that's always on and helpfully pushed it around!).  Every time anything is heated up in that microwave, that burnt smell comes out again. 

    However, this is a different smell then the cigarette-like smoke-smell and sensations I'm going through right now.

     

    I have been on a very poor "diet" these past 4+ weeks (work related stress), so my carbs are way up like a few posts says.  Time to hit the fitness equipment to see if that helps...

     

    I am in central Indiana, just north of Indianapolis and have been here for 4 1/2 years.  I'm 45. 

     

    I will try to get back to this site to post any updates to my (our) problem.

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    • Carolyn
      March 20, 2010
      Carolyn
      March 20, 2010

      Thank God for the Internet.  How else would we learn that so many of us are experiencing such a peculiar situation?  It first happened to me in 2007 on a trip to Istanbul. The smoke was so heavy in the hotel/restaurants that it stayed with me when I moved on to Brussels.  I complained because my floor was supposed to be non-smoking but I kept smelling cigarette smoke (no one else did).  How embarrassing to blame innocent people of smoking....yikes.  Anyway when I returned home it went away for a while but it's back again.  It's shocking to calculate how much money has been wasted on all kinds of test and misdiagnosis and worst - taking medications that clearly have not solved the problem.  I'm also experiencing a constant watery eye and suspect that stress, poor diet and allergies are an important link.  Will keep you posted on my progress.  Good health and best of luck to all....C

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  • jajoon February 01, 2010
    jajoon
    February 01, 2010

    I reserched this problem like many of you are doing right now.My symptoms were a smoke smell and also watery eyes and light chest congestion. These symptoms started around my computer,at which point i thought it was the computer or i was becomming allergic to the computer. Soon i was smelling smoke often ,especially around a light or heat source and a wave of fatigue was common . I determined for myself that it was a sinus infection ,brought on by a recent flu. I used sinus rinse quite aggressively and consistently for 2 days and took natural antibiotics[ garlic capsules and echinacea-golden seal]. I'm on the mend . No smoke smell and my body is definitely fighting back. My symptoms were quite severe and disconcerting,and I would strongly suggest the sinus rinse [netty squirt bottle] . the rinse flushed stuff out and made a huge difference, but you still need to attack the bacteria. I choose the natural way simply as a experiment.You may want a prescription.

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    • rs200
      February 05, 2010
      rs200
      February 05, 2010

      Same symptoms here. You mentioned a connection with using your PC. Is it a Mac? the reason I ask is that my symptoms started when I got a new mac pro. I thought it was the Mac smelling, so I googled that, and it seems there is an issue with chemical burn off on new machines, which affects some people. I still have the symptoms every where I go, but they are strongest when I am using my Mac. I am wondering if that is what caused the issue in the first place. Many people have had their macs replaced due to this 'smoke' smell, and have commented they are not happy that it was not good for their health. Maybe a terse connection but I'm looking at any cause I can to try and get rid of this problem.

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  • Lana January 29, 2010
    Lana
    January 29, 2010

    Hi all,

    I, too, am amazed that so many people suffer from this annoying symptom yet very few doctors have ever heard of it. After reading these posts I felt I might help someone if I told my situation.

    I'm 40. I suddenly lost all hearing in my right ear about 10+ yrs ago. I've had an MRI and thyroid tests and they came back normal. The doctor said that to lose hearing suddenly and without warning happens to many people. 

    I have never had a sinus infection and I rarely get colds and flus. I only recently, in the last 2 years, developed some type of allergy that comes and goes in the form of hives and swelling, usually in the face. I do have asthma and it developed about 7 yrs ago.

    I started smelling the phantom smoke after I lost my hearing. Connection?? I did ask my ENT doc about the smoke smell and, after an exam, he had absolutely no suggestions.

    I do love food and it's usually not the most healthy. I try to stay active but I don't take my vitamins as I should.

    For some reason I tend to think my smoke smell comes on strongest when I have eaten carbs such as white bread and pasta although it is by no means consistent in it's appearance. I do have less flare ups when I eat healthier but the smell hasn't completely gone away.

    I must admit I got a little concerned when I read that the phantom smell might indicate brain problems. I intend to investigate further.

    I hope there are some doctors out there who suffer from this symptom, not for revenge, but so that they can instigate some research and possibly get a diagnosis. If anyone out there knows a doctor through friendship or relations try to get them to pick their colleague's brains and see what they can come up with. Who knows? You may be the one to start the process.

    Good Luck

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    • Ken
      Ken
      January 30, 2010
      Ken
      January 30, 2010

      Hi all, I, too, have smelled cigarette smoke off and on for the past four years. I do not smoke, never have, nor did anyone else living in this house. I also smelled the smoke in my car at times, and no one ever smoked in my car. My house and car are clean, free of molds, dust, etc. This is going to sound unbelievable to some, but having consulted two psychic mediums, the smoke is attributable to my parents who smoked heavily when I was a child. As a kid I would admonish them about smoking and hide their cigarettes or vandalize the cigarette packages to make it harder for them to smoke. The psychics informed me it was their way of letting me know they are around. It would make sense that they would use the smoke as a signal. Additionally, my mother uses Jean Patou's perfume, Joy, as well. There is no perfume in this house.

      Just thought I'd throw this out to you as another possible explanation.

      Now, I welcome the scent. It comes every now and then.

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  • Ren
    Ren
    August 28, 2009
    Ren
    Ren
    August 28, 2009

    Hello. I guess you know why I'm here. That's right: smoke smell. I smoked for 25 years but quit nearly five years ago.  I am very sensitive to smoke now, choking and having to take small, shallow breaths when I am near smoke.  Two weeks ago, while on vacation, we wound up in a smoking restaurant. Even though we were in the non-smoking section, I had to keep a napkin on my nose to be able to breath. The choking sensation is so bad that I can't even speak; I gag and am not able to get a complete sentence out.  The next day, we also wound up in a gigantic tourist shop that reeked of smoke.  Unfortunately, since the place was so huge and had prices much better than those in the regular tourist spots, we were in there for an hour--with me choking and stuttering all the way.  That same day we went home, and the smoke smell did not leave me.  I gagged all the through our five-hour car ride, even stopping to dig out a clean shirt from my suitcase, thinking that the smoke smell had attached to my shirt. That didn't work. So I figured it was on my pants or my hair, or even on my family's clothes as well.  So after we got home, I immediately got into the shower.  But I was assualted by smoke smell right after I got out!  That nasty smell, which distrupted my sleep, lasted for two full days.  The only thing that brought me any relief was to rub a pile of Vicks under and around my nose. But that only lasted for a few minutes--then I could still feel the mintiness of the Vicks on my face, but I could not smell it anymore.  All I smelled was smoke.  This lasted for two days, but then went away.  I thought that maybe the smoke smell had "latched on" to stuff in my sinuses, and that it took a while for it to be moved out of my system.

     

    At least that's what I thought until yesterday, when the smoke smell returned with a fury! I live in an area where people burn their trash, so I figured it was wafting in through the A/C system.  But then later, when I went out to pick up my kids from school, I noticed how CLEAN and FRESH it smelled outside.  It didn't smell like smoke at all! That's when I began to suspect that the problem was "in my head," so to speak.  So last night, I had a very rough night, unable to sleep for the smoke smell. Like before, Vicks worked, but only for a few minutes at a time, so I repeatedly put it on hoping I would be able to fall asleep while still smelling Vicks. I awoke several times during the night, only to find myself choking on smoke smell.  Oh yes, I also developed a headache last night.

     

    Today the smoke smell has been just as bad--constant, burning my nostrils and gagging me, although not making my eyes water.  But at one point, the smell suddenly left.  I could "feel" something moving in my sinuses when that happened, as if something shifted. It happened when I got up from my seat and was walking around.  Then the smell stayed away for a while as I was out doing errands, but returned again once I arrived home and sat in my chair.

     

    So for me, I suspect the smoke smell is related to sinuses. I have never been diagnosed with allergies. But a few other wierd things make me wonder if it's all related:

     

    --a few weeks ago the entire right side of my head and face started tingling ... the sensation came on strong and then sort of petered out.

     

    --a few days ago, when walking into the bathroom, I noticed an overwheming MOLD smell.  My husband said he couldn't smell it, but he tried to pull up the ends of the carpets to see if anything was wet. He couldn't see anything.

     

    --For many years--at least 10--I have suffered on and off episodes of nausea mingled with headaches ... it feels like a hangover that won't go away. At its worst, which was only last month, I was laid up in bed for two days, feeling sick with a fast, thready heartbeat, a "sick" feeling in my head and gut, and a headache. 

     

    I don't know if these things are related or not.  But I certainly wish--like you all do--that we could find some answers.

     

    If any of you reading this "connect" with my symptoms or problems, please let me know. It really does help knowing you're not crazy--and that you're not alone!

     

    Thanks for listening. I'll be tuning in here for more reports and in hopes of finding a solution! 

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    • wendylloyd
      November 23, 2009
      wendylloyd
      November 23, 2009

      Hiya, I wanted to reply to your post because recently I had a similar experience. My mum smoked all through my childhood and other than having asthma and the usual symptoms I had no real reaction to cigarette smoke. Since the public area smoking ban here in the UK Ive noticed that when i am near a smoker the smell of smoke doesnt go away for a very long time, this is affected by my poor sinuses.

      I had two operations on my nose as a kid, one to cut down oversized filters, the second was a revision. Ever since I have found my nasal passages cling on to any particular smell until my nose fully clears, which can take up to a week. The way I see it, is that our nasal passages can feel clear but they always have regular levels of mucus right in the back almost behind our eyes, (have a bandage removed from here, you'll know what im talking about). This mucus can take weeks to move forward, sometimes hours to move backwards and own into the stomach, the result is that smells can often linger far longer than normal, making us irritable towards them. When we lie down our nasal passages can collapse slightly causing mucus to shift, releasing trapped smells. You're not going mad, try a sinus cleaning fluid before going to bed. I can smell my cold virus for around two weeks after a cold symptoms have gone, this is about the same time it takes for the mucus to do a full circle too. The fact that youve quit smoking and are a bit oversensitive to the smoke too wouldnt help. I once got a whiff of an old ladys 'gerkin' breath, I have never ever ever smelled anything like it and it triggered my gag reflex. I cant even speak to her on the phone anymore, Im trying to think of what im going to say to her as to why ive not replied to her machine messages...

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  • shoshe June 18, 2009
    shoshe
    June 18, 2009

    This is so interesting.  I have been having this smoke smell for a few weeks and am sort of relieved I'm not imagining it though sorry you all have it too.  I had brain surgery to remove a pituitary tumor in February  -- it was removed through my sinuses.  They have been sensitive ever since and I have a chronic infection in the sphenoid sinus right near where they accessed my tumor.  I think the sinusitis is the key and I'm on an antibiotic to try to kill it off.   I also have been trying to follow the "sinus survival" guide program to approach it from a more holistic direction.   Yeast and fungus could be culprits.... 

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  • Diane May 14, 2009
    Diane
    May 14, 2009

    Hi ive been smelling burning when no-one else can for over 7 months now. today i was at my doctors and mentioned it to him, I told him i felt silly to even mention it,

    He has made me another appointment to go get a full medical check up, he said i should have mentioned it to him sooner, it could be one of many things,

    so what i suggest is anyone with this problem should go see doctor and not listen to people who guess what it is. I am back at doctors next week so will keep you all informed to what happens

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    • Maureen
      September 12, 2009
      Maureen
      September 12, 2009

      I've been smelling smoke now for 4 months - on and off - mostly on!  However, I don't smell cigarettes what I smell is more like a burning brush fire or smoldering.  I did mention this to my Dr. and he put me on an antibiotic!  The smell went away and then came back.  I then went to an ENT (the smell was driving me crazy).  The ENT convinced me that I might need a stronger antibiotic for a longer period of time (not much blood flow to the cartilage and bones in the nasal cavity).  Well, once again the smoke smell went away but came back with a vengence.  I just went for a CT scan yesterday.  Current thinking is nasal fungus or nasal polyps.  Nasal fungus makes sense to me since an antibiotic woul mask symptoms for a while but not "fix" the problem.  One needs to be put on anti-fungal medicine to clear up nasal fungus.  How one gets nasal fungus, I don't know.  I thought I read somewhere that overuse of antibiotics can actually cause fungus which is why I thought it so interesting that I was put on 2 different ones for what may turn out to be a fungus!  For the last week, it seems I have added constant headache to the list.  Today it was so bad I took tylenol and laid down for a while.  I never, ever do this!  I am a very active person and don't have time for this.  I thought this smell might be connected to the addition of vitamin D to my regimen - something my doctor insisted I needed.  The timing seemed about right.  So I stopped taking the vitamin D to see if that would cure the problem.  Unfortunately, it did not.  So, off I will go to the ENT with my CT films some time this week and hopefully get an answer.  Will post more when that happens.

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  • LIly April 23, 2009
    LIly
    April 23, 2009

    Well thank goodness you all are here. Mine started tonight for the first time ever. My older sons are looking at me like I am crazy and my 14 year old has always had Spidey Smell Senses and he smells no smoke. Then I had myself convinced one of the cable installers from yesterday was hiding in my attic lighting up. lol I had to find an explanation somewhere!!! I am in the middle of a sinus cold cough issue right now Maybe it is due to that Hopefully it passes It's driving me crazy I will try some of the home remedies here Thanks

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  • Joe
    Joe
    June 11, 2010
    Joe
    Joe
    June 11, 2010

    Suddenly one day I began to smell something burning. I couldn't get away from it. For over a month it burned my eyes, my throat, made me gag and it was hard to breathe. I used a face mask coated with Vick's salve, but that only gave me a few minutes' relief.

     

    I smoke cigarettes, have sinus trouble, use nasal spray, have sinus infections about 3 times a year and live out in the country where people burn off their land in the springtime. I thought it had to be one of these. Reading that Mayo Clinic thinks the condition needs to be treated with anxiety medications was shocking, to say the least. Talk about a new anxiety! It had me worried there for a while. I don't take any kind of meds except for an occasional sinus tablet and or aspirin for sinus headache, and the occasional Rolaids tab.  

     

    After having the wiring in my house checked, asking everyone who came over here to smell for something burning (nobody smelled a thing) and then reading this site, I changed two things....

     

    1-I took a garlic oil capsule once a day for a week.

     

    2-I brushed my tongue twice a day with Listerine Whitening pre-brush rinse (which is what I happened to have on hand at that time) and a brush called TUNG (inexpensive and bought at walmart).

     

    Two days later I woke up and didn't smell smoke for the first time in a month. I kept on with the garlic oil and tongue brushing for several more days.

     

    During that week I smelled the smoke intermittenly. After about 6 or 7 days, I never smelled it again. I stopped doing the garlic oil and Listerine to see if it'd come back. After about 3 days I smelled it a little for a couple of hours, brushed and took one garlic oil capsule that day and it stopped.

     

    I have not taken a capsule or used Listerine in over a month. I also haven't smelled any smoke whatsoever in that month.

     

    I'm thinking that maybe only the tongue brushing with Listerine (AND the special tongue brush) was all I needed, but garlic oil is a natural antibiotic and I was desperate to do something to stop that smell.  

     

    This is a cheap, easy, non-invasive, fast way to see if it solves your problem too. I should think that you'd see a difference within days like I did, IF it's going to work for you too.

     

    Good luck!

     

     

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  • William April 26, 2010
    William
    April 26, 2010

    Daniel,

    Please don't mess around with the internet.

    Go see a Physician....in person , and do so soon.

    William

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  • Ridgeback April 24, 2010
    Ridgeback
    April 24, 2010

    Hi.  I've had the same problem on and off for a while now. Mine seems to follow eating Rocket leaves(the peppery salad).  Although I love the taste it has now started causing a reaction in my mouth (sore and swollen mucous membranes). After this the smoke smell comes on.  I feel that in my case it is an allergic reaction possibly due to damage to the olfactory sense cells. Ihavent tried antihistamines for it but that will be may next step.

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  • Tim
    Tim
    February 26, 2010
    Tim
    Tim
    February 26, 2010

    like all of you I thought I was nuts till I found all these posts. My story:

    it started several months ago and has happened off and on. Actually now that I think about it the first time it started happening was when I had kidney stones 4 months ago. the dr perscribed me cipro, and flomax and oxycoddon for the pain which I only took twice and hated they way it made me feel (No idea why the heck druggies wanna buy that stuff.....). Anyway. yeah like all of you I smell cigarette smoke when no one is smoking. it's at work, at my house (I live alone and I don't smoke), at my girlfriend's house, outside, inside, anywhere. But unlike some of you my eyes don't burn, I don't get migranes. I've been doing a low carb diet since August, so I don't really have sweets or anything with a lot of sugar. What I do feel though is some blockage in my nose. Like, at the very top where the bone is and between my eyes, no other way to describe it but it feels like I have a ton of dried up boogers up there that need to get scooped out. Like I gotta find a dr with a mini spoon to go up there and dig it all out. It doesn't interfere with my breathing, everything seems normal, it's just that feeling and the smoke smell.
    My mother was a heavy smoker and passed away from lung cancer 2 years ago. Since then, I've lived in a totally smoke free environment. Growing up, I got bronchitis pretty much every january like clockwork till I got out of school. I'm 37 now. I haven't had a cold in a year and a half and have had both flu shots this year. When I do get a cold though, I always get a scratchy throat that takes a good 2-3 months to totally go away, like just coughing is enough to irritate it, and then it tingles and makes me cough, so it's just a vicious circle.
    Anyway I'd love to hear if anyone found any way to get rid of this? it seems like there's way more questions than answers in this post... but there's my story...

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  • Dana February 10, 2010
    Dana
    February 10, 2010

    I've been smelling smoke, just lightly, but noticeably for about a week.  Oddly, it started after burning popcorn in the microwave, so at first I thought there was something lingering in the house, but I have started to smell it at work too.  I noticed that a respondant from 2008 also lived in south central PA -connection to pollutants?  Any response would be helpful.

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  • Joan January 14, 2010
    Joan
    January 14, 2010

    Incredible that so many people have this symptom! I've had it off and on for years, but recently it has become constant. I had sinus surgery in 2003, and was diagnosed with migraines in 2006. It turns out that it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between sinus problems and migraines, so perhaps some of the people responding to this question have been misdiagnosed. This would affect the understanding of this phenomenon. 

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  • leah beck January 10, 2010
    leah beck
    January 10, 2010

    This can be a serious reaction to drugs, especially any drugs containing sulfa or sulfur, or these drugs: antithyroid drugs, captopril, griseofulvin, lithium, penicillamine, procarbazine, rifampin, vinblastine, and vincristine

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    • Teresa
      January 12, 2010
      Teresa
      January 12, 2010

      You seem to know about meds.

      I couldn't sleep for the past month, and I started taking Unisom over the counter sleep aid, that dries up my throat and nasal passages. I am wondering if that has anything to do with me smelling cigarette smoke all the time? I also take multivitamins and fish oil supplements and CoQ10 supplements.Is there any sulphur in them?

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  • cacchen December 14, 2009
    cacchen
    December 14, 2009

    I am not sure if there is anything here that will help, its been more than a year and a half since your post.

    I've been experiencing this smell of faint cigarette smoke over the last 2 weeks also, and at first I thought someone was outside the house smoking and that the smoke was coming inside somehow, not the case. this smell is driving me up the wall. This morning the smell wasnt present and the only changes were, rain moved in and it warmed up to where the furnace didnt kick on.

    Now the rain and humidity has moved out, the temperature has dropped, the furnace has kicked on a few times and the smell has returned.

    Tommorow I am calling to have the furnace checked and I am going to use my humidifyer to see if things change.

    After this if the smell is still with me I will go get checked for possible phantosmia.

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  • Jeannie143 November 15, 2009
    Jeannie143
    November 15, 2009

    Don't know, but it is happening to me too.  For almost two years, on and off.  It is driving me nuts.  Nobody around me can smell it. This is just like someone lighting up a cigarette right beside me and blowing smoke in my face.  Sometimes, I get a sore throat and my eyes will burn too.  But... there is no smoke around me and has not been for years.

    Jeannie

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  • lisa October 19, 2009
    lisa
    October 19, 2009

    i have been smelling smoke for about 10 years. can never find the source.also recently developed some kind of pain in my right arm[cannot reach under anything or raise it higher than my shoulder,without having crippling pain.after attempting to do this it takes some time before my arm stops hurting.can not afford health insur. or dr. visits.i thought the smoke smell was just my imagination, but am relieved to know i'm not crazy.the arm pain developed about 6 mo. ago.at first i thought maybe i had slept on it or perhaps my husband rolled over on it during the night, but it has gotten steadily worse.can't pick up my grandchildren or even the cast iron skillets i cook with.

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    • thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010
      thenoseknows
      February 13, 2010

      In addition to the smell of smoke, I also have the problem with pain in arm that comes and goes.  I understand that to be a symptom of herpes virus.  I have started to work out regularly with controlled weights and still have occasional problems with arm pain & weakness which doesn't last as long as it used to.  Still smell smoke!

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