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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Olfactory Hallucinations

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What causes olfactory or gustatory hallucinations?

What causes olfactory or gustatory hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Causes can be central or peripheral. An example of central olfactory hallucinations is head injury or temporal lobe seizures or migraines or strokes. An example of peripheral olfactory is sinusitis or upper respiratory infection. An example of gustatory is epilepsy or schizophrenia or illicit substances. ...Read more

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Hallucinations (Definition)

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I've been having olfactory hallucinations for over a month now. They are getting more regular. Why? Should I be worried?

I've been having olfactory hallucinations for over a month now. They are getting more regular. Why? Should I be worried?

Olfactory: hallucinations. First please visit your doctor to make sure there is not a physical cause for what you are smelling. Then see a mental health professional to discuss these symptoms and any others you may be having. Cover all bases and you will get the support you need. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 78 yr old mom who has a neurodegenerative disease just lost a front tooth without realizing it & has had olfactory hallucinations for 2 days.

If your ? is, "Does : mom need to see her gerontologist & possibly a neurologist & a geriatric psychiatrist?", the answer is "Yes". Significant alterations in sensorium in an elderly person with a neurodegenerative disorder require immediate evaluation for her safety. ...Read more

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Olfactory hallucinations treated w AED. Could intense feeling of jamais vu followed by GI upset be another symptom of temporal lobe seizures?

Yes: The seizure aura is different for different patients. A seizure can be followed by confusion, headache, nausea, etc. See a neurologist to undergo an EEG test as well as a full neurological evaluation. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/epilepsy.html ...Read more

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What poisons cause olfactory receptor paralysis ?

What poisons cause olfactory receptor paralysis ?

Poisons: Please go online and look for the poisons that may cause olfactory receptor paralysis. Can you please let me know what your current symptoms are. ...Read more

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Can these be olfactory flashbacks?

Can these be olfactory flashbacks?

People do get : Olfactory flashbacks following traumatic events. You don't describe what you are experiencing, but it is possible. You may want to speak to a psychologist specializing in trauma to deal with the flashbacks. Feel fre to ask additional questions if you need to. ...Read more

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Is it possible to purposefully lose your olfactory senses or taste buds permanently?

Is it possible to purposefully lose your olfactory senses or taste buds permanently?

Yes.: Certain diseases and/or injuries can cause loss of these senses. To purposefully lose them would require intentional injury to the sensory nerves associated with taste and smell. Not very likely someone would volunteer for this! ...Read more

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Can dust get up to the olfactory nerve?

Can dust get up to the olfactory nerve?

Not exactly: Your olfactory nerve is from your brainstem and its branches eventually make their way to your nasal mucosa and receive input from your nose i.e. smell. Things do not go up the nerve as such only the information the nerve endings receive. ...Read more

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What medications are effective for the treatment of olfactory reference syndrome ?

What medications are effective for the treatment of olfactory reference syndrome ?

Specifically, none: Several medications are tried. Some "work" for some for some time. Almost always cbt psychotherapy is also provided and it seems to be the most effective component of treatment. If pursued with a skilled therapist and patience, the condition is often significantly improved w/ or w/out medication. Have hope - you can feel better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to purposefully kill my olfactory senses, or kill my taste buds permanently?

Why: Are you having problems? It seems that loosing the ability to taste and smell would not make your life betterbut worse. Are you having problems with smells and taste...Thts what should be addressed. ...Read more

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What do you call the synapse of the olfactory nerves with the mitral cells?

What do you call the synapse of the olfactory nerves with the mitral cells?

Olfactor: Look at this, I don't think you meant 'mitral' but can't figure out what you meant to type ?antral. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfactory_nerve ...Read more

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I lost my taste from having the flu about a year ago will it ever come back ? Can the olfactory nerve heal?

I lost my taste from having the flu about a year ago will it ever come back ? Can  the olfactory nerve heal?

Waiting a Year?: You have waited a year without any specialist evaluation and treatment? Please go see an expert in this field. Your family physician will help you with that. ...Read more

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Lost taste/smell 5 mos. ago after URI, should I see a Neurologist or wait it out? Heard it can take up to 2 yrs. for the olfactory nerve to repair.

Would wait: I would wait. Look at your medications, if any, and stop smoking if you do so. It is not common neurologists can not solve this problem. They may often order a brain MRI and if it is normal just ask you to wait. Often, loss of taste occurs DUE TO loss of smell. ...Read more

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I mix lot bleach and toilet cleaner and was exposed to a powerful gas for few seconds. I jumped into fresh air. Did i damage my lungs/olfactory nerve?

I mix lot bleach and toilet cleaner and was exposed to a powerful gas for few seconds. I jumped into fresh air. Did i damage my lungs/olfactory nerve?

Unlikely: If bleach or toilet cleaner touched your eyes, you would need to go to ER asap. Otherwise, if you just smelled fumes, you likely have not caused any permanent damage in your lungs or nerves. ...Read more

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What could be the medical causes of hallucinations?

Many: Many medical causes: different drugs, severe kidney disease, encephalopathy, severe hypoglicemia, brain disease.Lots of things can cause hallucinations. ...Read more