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When I have headaches I tend to always smell blood. Like this morning I woke up out of my sleep because I smelt blood. I found no blood. What is it?

When I have headaches I tend to always smell blood. Like this morning I woke up out of my sleep because I smelt blood. I found no blood. What is it?

Aura: What you describe is an aura. An aura is a scent, a feeling, or an activity of the body that warns you are about to have a migraine headache. This allows you to take medication to abort the migraine before it can cause you a lot of pain, nausea and discomfort. You should see your doctor to see what medication to take to stop your headache when your aura occurs. This is not something to fear. ...Read more

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The left half of my nose has felt blocked for a while now and every so often I can smell this sort of blood smell. I get bad headaches. Should I worry?

The left half of my nose has felt blocked for a while now and every so often I can smell this sort of blood smell. I get bad headaches. Should I worry?

?Sinusitis: If its no better after a week of supportive measures, over the counter nasal sprays and decongestants you could see an urgent care or your own doctor for a possible sinus infection. Good luck ...Read more

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I smell blood while EXHALING through my nose. Sometimes it is accompanied by a headache. Is this okay? Am I just dehydrated?

I smell blood while EXHALING through my nose. Sometimes it is accompanied by a headache. Is this okay? Am I just dehydrated?

It depends: A lot depends on how long the symptoms have been present. Temporary smell disorders are common after upper respiratory viral infections, sinusitis, use of nasal sprays. If persistent you should see and ENT specialist. If the exam is normal you should go to a clinic specializing in Taste and Smell disorders to have formal testing done. ...Read more

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Lousy all day. Weak. Also, blood in mucus in morning when I wake up. Green mucus also when I wake up. Bad smell lingers in nose. Headaches occasionally?

Lousy all day. Weak. Also, blood in mucus in morning when I wake up. Green mucus also when I wake up. Bad smell lingers in nose. Headaches occasionally?

Sinus infection?: It sounds like you may be suffering from a sinus infection. Make sure to check with your doctor about this. You may need antibiotics, depending on how long you've been suffering. You can try rinsing your sinuses using a neti pot (buy from the pharmacy) with sterile water and salt packets, to see if this helps. ...Read more

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I have gaping holes in my arm pit that smell and are other making holes... what is it? Also, may be causing a head ache... did it get in my blood stream whatever it is?

I have gaping holes in my arm pit that smell and are other making holes... what is it? Also, may be causing a head ache... did it get in my blood stream whatever it is?

Holes in arm pit: This may be a condition called hidradenitis. There are effective treatments. I recommend seeing a dermatologist or rheumatologist. I would be happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more

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Dizziness, headache, slight nausea and I smelled blood once. I've been doing mentally taxing work. Could that be it?

Dizziness, headache, slight nausea and I smelled blood once. I've been doing mentally taxing work. Could that be it?

Uncertain.: It's uncertain whether strenuous work might cause the symptoms mentioned. However, of concern is mention of the feeling of hopelessness. It might represent significant depression which merits a medical exam and possible treatment. In addition, Aleve (naproxen) and Ibuprofen (NSAIDS) can cause salt retention, stomach ulcers and kidney damage. See a doctor for a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Why do I smell and taste blood?

Why do I smell and taste blood?

There is blood!: Likely you are bleeding, a minor nose bleed could explain along with other causes. Be seen if it doesn't resolve. ...Read more

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Does implantation blood smell weird?

Does implantation blood smell weird?

No: If there is implantation blood, there should be very little of it. There should not be an odor to it that is significant. ...Read more

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Does implantation blood have a smell?

Yes or no: There is no right or wrong smell; really there is nothing specifically that is "implantation blood.". ...Read more

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Should menstrual blood have a smell??

Should menstrual blood have a smell??

No: Blood is a good medium for bacteria to grow and the normal bacteria in and around the vagina is what causes the odor. Change pad and tampon(tampons may cause a serious bacteria infection) often, every 2 hours for heavy flow. Wear cotton panties and unscented pads. Shower twice daily and trim the hair around the vagina ...Read more

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Why would menstrual blood smell sweet?

Why would menstrual blood smell sweet?

Unknown. However, I: Would ask your doctor to evaluate you for diabetes or possible rare Amino Acid metabolism problems. ...Read more

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Why does menstrual blood smell so bad?

Why does menstrual blood smell so bad?

It shouldn't be..: There is always some/slight odor to the menstrual blood, but foul odor suggests a possibility of infection--vaginitis/vaginosis. A retained tampon is often the course of very foul odor even without menstrual flow. If you have pain as well, then more severe infection such as endometritis/pelvic inflammatory disease etc. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I smell/taste blood it's weird.

Why do I smell/taste blood it's weird.

ENT: You should have your nose and throat examined. Maybe a salivary gland issue or something irritated in the ear, nose or throat area. ...Read more

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Smell blood down there but not bleeding?

Smell blood down there but not bleeding?

OK: Maybe you have a sensitive nose and it is residual blood from your previous period. ...Read more

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Can paint smell give headaches to children?

Can paint smell give headaches to children?

Yes.: Paint smells give many people headaches, regardless of whether they are an adult or a child. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my blood smells like iron?

Yes: Basic biology. Glad you're asking questions -- that's how we learn. ...Read more

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Is it normal for menstrual blood to smell sweet?

Vaginal odor: Blood does not have a very pleasant smell. If you feel you have vaginal odor then schedule a visit for bacterial vaginosis testing. ...Read more

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When cut and bleeding my blood smells like metal?

Normal: Some people describe the smell (and taste) of blood as somewhat metallic. This is normal. ...Read more

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I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

Polyps?: Allergy sufferers that have headaches and altered sense of smell (or no smell) can often be found to have nasal or sinus polyps. Polyps are benign tissue growths in the nose and sinuses and can alter normal drainage pathways. This can lead to headaches, sinus infections, and loss of smell and taste. Though they can be treated medically, surgery is also sometimes required. ...Read more

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Do headaches and acute sense of smell often go together?

Do headaches and acute sense of smell often go together?

Osmophobia maybe...: It sounds like you may be referring to what we technically call OSMOPHOBIA in the Headache world which is generally described in the context of a person who is suffering from a migraine type of headache but whose headache gets decidedly WORSE in its intensity when stimulated by otherwise NON-noxious aromas or smells. Write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi if you have more questions. ...Read more

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Does the blood following a medicall abortion smell foul?

Shouldn't: If it has a foul smell there may be an infection, so you need to see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I smell Burt rubber and I've had a headache all day what could cause this?

I smell Burt rubber and I've had a headache all day what could cause this?

Smell: The strong smell can cause severe and long-lasting headache and even nausea and vomiting. It's like a migraine. Take the Motrin and avoid this kind of smell. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take medication for a headache while fasting for blood tests?

Is it okay to take medication for a headache while fasting for blood tests?

Generally yes: Taking Aspirin would affect platelet function and if you were having a test for bleeding disorders, you should avoid pain medication other than tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Why do I get headache every night and sometumes there's little blood drued up on my head?

Why do I get headache every night and sometumes there's little blood drued up on my head?

Anything: You could be having migraines, tension headaches or sinus headaches. Sometimes dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring or chronic sinus allergies can cause headaches. I recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more

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My blood is 146/100 have chills and headache. What's wrong with me? Do I need to go to dr?

My blood is 146/100 have chills and headache. What's wrong with me? Do I need to go to dr?

Yes!: Diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) greater than 90 needs to be evaluated & treated to lower risk of stroke, heart failure & kidney failure, among other negative outcomes. As for chills & headache, many causes ranging from sinus infection to meningitis. With such scant info, it's best for you to see your Family Doc for complete evaluation & treatment as appropriate. ...Read more

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Had my baby on 7/27/14 n im now have dicharge/blood but it smells like vinager/ sour, what could this be?

Had my baby on 7/27/14 n im now have dicharge/blood but it smells like vinager/ sour, what could this be?

Swabs: That is not a typical smell for a vaginal pathogen. See your obstetrician for an exam and cultures. It is important to be reviewed for an infection or other problem. ...Read more