Do strong smells bother your asthma? If so you are not alone, and you are not weird, and it's not all in your head. In fact, a study from the University of West Georgia found that as many as 30 percent of Americans have a sensitivity to strong smells.
By strong smells I'm referring to the following:
Strong smells are not visible, and they are not -- like dust mites, cockroach urine, and molds -- allergens. They are not chemicals or substances. They are simply smells that are proven by various studies to trigger the asthma and allergy response, or cause headaches.
The exact mechanism is not known. It's also not possible to do a scientific study because it's not like you can take a smell, put it into a syringe, and insert it under your skin to see if it causes a response. You can do that with allergens, but not smells.
The University of West Georgia stu...
Physicians have long since used " smell" to make diagnoses - you can smell necrotic, dying tissue; you can smell an infectious, pus filled exudate; you can smell the by-products of certain drugs in your urine; you can smell someone who has been on the Atkin's diet long term (their breath has ketones in it because of the high protein intake). Well....you can also smell certain skin cancers !!
Basal cell carcinomas apparently give off volatile organic compounds that smell different than the smell of healthy, normal skin. Right now there are sophisticated machines that can detect and assess these smells. But the medical horizon seems to promise a hand-held device, down the road, that may be able to detect these odors. That opens the way for cancer diagnoses to be made non-invasively, at least as a first line of defense, from the profiling of odors.
So lactic acid, phenol, hexanoic acid and about 100 other volatile compounds might be catagorized by smel...
Severe changes in food triggers, what was fine is now causing migraine with auras. No Explanation for so many changes, had a dye MRI in tunnel for 1 hour and 1/2, plus 2 neurologists, plus read 4 books on Migraines including Teri Robert's, "Living Well with Migraines." Also, smells, noise, sound & light also exercising for an hour now down to 30 min, also causing MOA. are greater triggers more than ever I must at all times be aware of my environment as to NOT get another painful MOA! Thoughts....??? Jen.
Sometimes, there's no reason for these things - patterns just change. Sometimes though, when this happens, it can be traced back to other factors:
Stackable triggers. Take the foods you mention for an example. It's possible that they aren't strong enough triggers to precipitate a Migraine alone, but in combination with another trigger that's not strong enough alone, you get ...
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