Why Do I Have The Smell Of " Bleach" When I Have Not Been Using It, Or Been Around It? I Also Have A Taste Of Mold Or Something Rotten In My Mouth?

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Asked by cozmo

Why Do I Have The Smell Of " Bleach" When I Have Not Been Using It, Or Been Around It? I Also Have A Taste Of Mold Or Something Rotten In My Mouth?

Smell just started about a week now. Nobody around me can smell what I do.

Answer

Hi Cozmo, There are several different possible explanations for your abnormal smell and taste sensations. 1) You may have some tooth or gum inflammation or infection. 2) Your nose may be picking up residual odors from garments or materials washed with bleach. If it's in your clothing others may not necessarily smell it. 3) Many unusual odors may be associated with sinus infections. 4) GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) is sometimes associated with taste and smell disturbances. 5) Side effects of some medications may cause you to have abnormal taste and smell. 6) Smelling something that isn't there may be a type of cranial nerve hallucination called phantosmia. This can sometimes occur when you have nasal polyps, sinus surgery, radiation therapy, exposure to certain chemicals or with various dental disorders. These are not all the possible causes but at least gets you started. You should see your doctor if it continues. If a dental checkup is not helpful, seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor should be considered. Good Luck! James T.

Answered by James Thompson, M.D.