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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can you explain if it's weird that I love the smell of gasoline?

Can you explain if it's weird that I love the smell of gasoline?

It's fine: In "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", Genevieve tells Guy that she is looking forward to romance with him after he comes home from working on his car. "And you'll smell like gasoline! " If you've got a distinctive turn-on -- EVERY adult does -- and it's not something that's going to hurt somebody, cherish it.

Dr. George T Tsai Dr. Tsai
Surgery
23 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Is it true that you smell gasoline before you have an epipleptic fit?

Is it true that you smell gasoline before you have an epipleptic fit?

Possible: Olfactory hallucination can happen as pre seizure aura. It varies with different patients and may be inconsistent - hence not always predictive of what may happen next.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it bad to smell gasoline fumes?

Yes: It is best of avoid smelling gas fumes.

Dr. Hilary Baskin Dr. Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
24 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Whenever I breathe out I smell gasoline. What is wrong with me, please help!?

Whenever I breathe out I smell gasoline. What is wrong with me, please help!?

See a doc: Have not heard of this, but sounds like seeing your family doctor first and having them possibly run some tests would be a sound next step.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Stood in closed car repair garage with noticeable gasoline smell for about 15 minutes. Any permanent damage to my nervous system or otherwise?

Stood in closed car repair garage with noticeable gasoline smell for about 15 minutes. Any permanent damage to my nervous system or otherwise?

No: No, not even any temporary damage. It's just a whiff of an odor... To let a person know to find some fresh air.

Dr. Jeffrey Levine Dr. Levine
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Urine smells like gasoline and is brown?

Urine smells like gasoline and is brown?

Get tested: May be as simple as concentrated urine due to inadequate fluids. However this can be indicator of infection, hemolysis or liver disease. Please see your clinician and get your urine evaluated.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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I've been smelling gasoline that nobody else can smell. I got a shot of toradol smell went away came back 3 hours later. Excedrin helps 3 hours.

I've been smelling gasoline that nobody else can smell. I got a shot of toradol smell went away came back 3 hours later. Excedrin helps 3 hours.

Odd side effect: What was the pain that led to the injection? The smell could be a side effect. Discuss w/ the Dr. I suppose you'd know if you are a person w/ very sensitive ability to detect vapors but if you believe it is not real, talk w/ Dr. If you think it is real - call your town or utility to report a possible leak.

Dr. Brian Clear Dr. Clear
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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I had gasoline on my hands and washed them immediately with soapy water. They still smell a little. Can the smell spread onto other objects I touch?

I had gasoline on my hands and washed them immediately with soapy water. They still smell a little. Can the smell spread onto other objects I touch?

It can: It can, and so can the oily residue that gas leaves behind. Try first rinsing/washing your hands with white vinegar then washing with warm soapy water.

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Dr. Brandon Maples Dr. Maples
Pharmacology
14 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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My toddlerlet has a urine odor that smells sort of like gasoline. I notice it off and on. Right now he's on amoxicillin. Could that be the reason?

My toddlerlet has a urine odor that smells sort of like gasoline. I notice it off and on. Right now he's on amoxicillin. Could that be the reason?

Most likely: Yes, most likely the odor is just due to the amoxicillin. Penicillin antibiotics have a tendency to give the urine a penicillin-like smell. As long as it's not discolored and the smell goes away after he finishes the amoxicillin, I wouldn't worry.

Dr. Ivy Fisher Dr. Fisher
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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10 month old has poop that smells like gasoline. What could be the cause?

10 month old has poop that smells like gasoline. What could be the cause?

Related to diet: Hi. Welcome! Dr. Ivy Fisher with healthtap. If no other symptoms exists and doing fine the gas smell could be dietary, what the baby is eating. Look for emesis, diarrhea, bloody stools or fever. I assume no accidental ingestion has occurred as well. If you need further advice/f/u, don't hesitate to make a virtual appt online for me....

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Lately I've had a "craving" for chemical smells (gasoline, rubber cement, etc). Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency, or any other health issue?

Lately I've had a "craving" for chemical smells (gasoline, rubber cement, etc). Is this a sign of a vitamin deficiency, or any other health issue?

Please see your doc: He/she may refer you to a neurologist to rule out any neurological disorders. Peace and good health.

Dr. William Weirs Dr. Weirs
Integrative Medicine
14 years in practice
Mercer University School of Medicine
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Very strong smell of gasoline after spillage in home, opened windows but still strong smell could this damage health by breathing in while sleeping?

Very strong smell of gasoline after spillage in home, opened windows but still strong smell could this damage health by breathing in while sleeping?

Yes!: Please take this seriously. Avoid exposure as much as possible. Please have the spill professionally cleaned. Even very low level exposure to volatile organics over the long term can be detrimental.

Dr. Krishna Kumar Dr. Kumar
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Have been craving the smell of chemicals (gasoline, bleach...), feel very hungry, but feel disgusted after eating. Exhausted. What could be going on?

Have been craving the smell of chemicals (gasoline, bleach...), feel very hungry, but feel disgusted after eating. Exhausted. What could be going on?

Depression: I feel empathy for feeling disgusted and exhausted It seems that you have experienced hurtful and overwhelming experiences, have become depressed and do not have control over your eating. You have tried to cope with depression by use of chemicals Craving the smell of chemicals indicate dependence and lack of control. See a Psychiatrist for diagnosis Therapy Attend NA Meetings

Dr. Chevies Newman Dr. Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Have an old scool car that has a constant petrol smell I drive with all widow down and only a few days a week is the petrol fumes dangerous for me...

Have an old scool car that has a constant petrol smell I drive with all widow down and only a few days a week is the petrol fumes dangerous for me...

Well: It can't be good. More importantly, however, you have a vehicle that sounds like an actual time bomb. Don't light a smoke in there. The explosive factor seems more concerning than the affect of the fumes.

Dr. Marc Goldhagen Dr. Goldhagen
Occupational Medicine
29 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I'm 14 weeks pregnant. I was in my garage for 5-10 minutes and it smelled of gasoline the entire time. Will this affect my fetus?

I'm 14 weeks pregnant. I was in my garage for 5-10 minutes and it smelled of gasoline the entire time. Will this affect my fetus?

No: That short exposure time is not likely to cause damage to your fetus. Gasoline has a very strong smell so it takes fewer molecules to trigger your sense of smell so you know it is present a a lower, safer concentration and your overall exposure is low.

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams Dr. Phelan-adams
Family Medicine
years in practice
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My urine is clear in color but this morning smelled like gasoline and I feel like I've been kicked in the back lower ribs by a horse. Also I sweat and it is gross smelling below?

My urine is clear in color but this morning smelled like gasoline and I feel like I've been kicked in the back lower ribs by a horse. Also I sweat and it is gross smelling below?

That's a very...: ...colorful description but, even if I could tell you what's causing it, I couldn't treat you. Foul smelling urine or vagina discharge, pain in the low back and sweating are red flags for something that needs medical attention. Kidney stones, bladder or kidney infections and bacterial vaginitis are possible conditions that need to be ruled out or treated. Best wishes.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Can you tell me if I smell weed can I become addicted and or suffer withdrawal symptoms.?

Can you tell me if I smell weed can I become addicted and or suffer withdrawal symptoms.?

Possibly not: Smelling the weed will not allow the body to absorb much if any if you thought you are having a withdraw symptoms most likely is psychological but I will go to the ER if it persists

Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER Dr. COLDWATER
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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I'm addicted to a piece of clean nappy that I love the smell of. Is there something wrong with this attachment?

I'm addicted to a piece of clean nappy that I love the smell of. Is there something wrong with this attachment?

Fetish: A fetish (sexual attraction to a generally non-sexual item) becomes a problem if it interferes with your life or causes you significant psychosocial distress. That is very individual depending on the person. If *you* are worried about this attachment, and are unable to have fulfilling sexual relationships without it, see a good therapist to help you.