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A 24-year-old female asked:

Smelling weird smells that ain't there checked everywhere and nothing has this smell, when i have the episodes of the smell i get a headache of it makes my head feel funny like dizziness/faint been having it for a few weeks now near enough everyday ?

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Dr. Luis Fernando Mesta Carrillo
Dr. Luis Fernando Mesta Carrilloanswered
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Cacosmia: It is the perception of a bad smell without an odorant stimulus. Overall, the most common causes of primary olfactory problems are aging, nasal and/or sinus disease, prior viral upper respiratory tract infections, and head trauma. However, it is important to ask for a consultation with a ENT surgeon or a neurologist to determine the cause, since some neurologic diseases can cause this too.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Migraine: While olfactory or smell related aura is not recognized across the board in migraine, there are many case reports described as such. Given now the fact that your symptoms are daily and likely disabling seeing your doc would be recommended. A brain/ sinuses imaging study will likely be needed.
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Last updated Mar 11, 2020


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