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I had a cold last month, now I have this weird thing as I smell dust everywhere, my nose is blocked, I had allergies all my life. Is this serious?

I had a cold last month, now I have this weird thing as I smell dust everywhere, my nose is blocked, I had allergies all my life. Is this serious?

Allergies: Probably not. Try irrigating the nose on both sides with saline. Add 1 tsp salt to one quart of water and get a syringe and blow it into the nose. 50 cc each side 4 to five times a day. Use Flonase I. The nose 2 Sprays twice a day each nostril and see how this works. You can try a decongestant like Sudafed for a few days for the nasal congestion. Or you can try some afrin for only a couple da ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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I was born without a sense of smell and people have always told me i could regain it. But how can I regain somthing i never had? I have allergies but my nose is usually open to let air flow through. I still have my 4 other senses and they all work perfect

I was born without a sense of smell and people have always told me i could regain it. But how can I regain somthing i never had? I have allergies but my nose is usually open to let air flow through. I still have my 4 other senses and they all work perfect

Excellent : Excellent question. I think you are right, if you never had the sense of smell you will likely not get it. It may be due to other problems (allergies, sinusitis, nasal polyps, viral damage to the olfactory nerve). Are there any other associated symptoms? Some of those problems can be treated and get you the sense of smell ...Read more

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Hello, I have chronic sinuses and nose allergy , now my sense of smell is on and off , why is that?

Hello, I have chronic sinuses and nose allergy , now my sense of smell is on and off , why is that?

Sinuses and Smell: Nasal congestion from any cause may affect the smell and taste. The tongue only tastes sweet, salt, sour and bitter - all other "flavors" are actually smell picked up by the nose. Nasal swelling of any kind can block the olfactory areas high in the nostrils and taste diminishes. Viruses, polyps and trauma can physically damage the nerves (this can be pemanent or can improve over time). ...Read more

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Hi, Everytime I smell a strong perfume and bad odor, my nose become itchy and I felt dizzy the whole day.. Is this allergy?

Hi, Everytime I smell a strong perfume and bad odor, my nose become itchy and I felt dizzy the whole day.. Is this allergy?

Yes it could: certainly be allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to the odor. Or you could just be too anxious to be rid of that smell. My suspicion is that you do have an allergy to certain floral/ natural occurring substance in that perfume, and will need to seek help with a healthcare professional for treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Anytime i smell garlic cooking my nose gets congested and i feel like its a little hard to breathe should i test for an allergy to it?

Anytime i smell garlic cooking my nose gets congested and i feel like its a little hard to breathe should i test for an allergy to it?

See an Allergist: for evaluation anyhow, you might not be allergic to garlic per se, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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High allergy! lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste.. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.

High allergy! lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste.. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.

Nasal allergies: When your nasal passages are congested, you lose your senses of smell and taste. You need a prescription nasal spray ( not otc decongestant spray!) to improve your symptoms. See your doctor or a board certified allergist for best help with your nose problems. ...Read more

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Can a certain smell stick to our noses when the sense of smelling stopped long ago because of the allergy? The dettol smell is really annoying.

Can a certain smell stick to our noses when the sense of smelling stopped long ago because of the allergy? The dettol smell is really annoying.

Yes: There is a condition called phantosmia where a person smells something that isn't there. Usually it is the smell of smoke but it can be anything. Sometimes it resolves with vigorous treatment of the associated allergic nasal inflammation or allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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What would cause the interior of a nostril to smell like vinegar? I live in Jersey and I've developed allergies and the smell is seasonal.

What would cause the interior of a nostril to smell like vinegar?  I live in Jersey and I've developed allergies and the smell is seasonal.

? Chronic rhinitis: Can be due to allergies or some chronic inflammation, allergy can be due to any of the environmental allergens around, at any rate you need to be examined, your treatment and drug history taken, start with your PCP who may refer you to an ENT for further examination, if you can use saline nasal washes more often, that will help ...Read more

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Weird smell in nose when bending over, or burping/coughing/yawning. Dr. said could be Cacosmia or a fungal infection. What is Cacosmia? He didn't say.

Weird smell in nose when bending over, or burping/coughing/yawning. Dr. said could be Cacosmia or a fungal infection. What is Cacosmia? He didn't say.

Imagining a bad odor: It is the imaging or perception of a bad or foul odor. It can be psychological or some times associated with a brain tumor. It also can be associated with reflux, sinus infections, or infected rhinitis. Oral hygiene problems or halitosis. See if your physician can refer you to an ENT for a check up. ...Read more

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Why do I get a weird smell in my nose when i'm sick? I remember it happening even as a kid

Why do I get a weird smell in my nose when i'm sick? I remember it happening even as a kid

See below: Hyperosmia or increase sense of smell can be associated with a number of conditions such as: cluster headaches, migraines, adrenal cortical insufficiency, seizures, sinusitis and partial damage to the olfactory nerve, depression and other psychiatric disorders. In your case, this is lkiely due to inflammation related to your cold/sinuses. See your do if any problems result. ...Read more

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I seem to have a weird chemical smell in my nose and have done since leaving the hairdressers an hour ago. I also have a headache. What could it be?

I seem to have a weird chemical smell in my nose and have done since leaving the hairdressers an hour ago. I also have a headache. What could it be?

Chemical exposure: There are many chemicals in use at a hair dresser. You may have been exposed to one that is causing the continued smell which may not be in your nose, but on your hari or clothing. Many chemicals can cause headache. When you get home try Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the headache, change your clothes and take a shower, to seee if the smell goes away. ...Read more

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What causes really bad smell from my nose?

What causes really bad smell from my nose?

Sinus infection: Sinus infection would be my guess. I imagine other causes are possible, but this is so common, I'd check for it first. ...Read more

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Acid smell in nose, what causes it?

Acid smell in nose, what causes it?

Acid smell: It could be an infection, a foreign object, nasal polyps, sinusitis or a number of other issues. See an ENT doc for answers. ...Read more

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What are the causes for bad smell in nose?

What are the causes for bad smell in nose?

Bad smell in nose: You could have an infection in your nose or sinuses. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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When I smell though my nose it makes a weasing noice?

When I smell though my nose it makes a weasing noice?

Nose : Sounds like your nasal turbinates are swollen and your not generating enough air entry and this is causing a wheezing sound. Suggest taking Flonase twice a day, and this will reduce the nasal congestion. ...Read more

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I smell blood in my nose?

I smell blood in my nose?

Nose bleed: You may have some minor nasal bleeding or irritation. Try using nasal saline several times a day and see if this clears up. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for nose allergy?

What is the best medicine for nose allergy?

Depends on duration.: Nasal steroids are generally better than oral antihistamines for symptom control but take about a week to, work so better to, use them if allergies go for more than 4-6 weeks. For short term allergies oral otc or topical spray antihistamine meds are good. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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