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For what other reasons could one feel queasiness and sensitivity to smells besides prenancy?

For what other reasons could one feel queasiness and sensitivity to smells besides prenancy?

Migraines: One possible reason for queasiness (nausea) and sensitivity to smells (osmophobia) is migraine. This is possible even if a person does not have the typical severe migraine headache. Migraine without head pain is called acephalgic migraine. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Anything I can do to end this hyper-sensitivity to smells during pregnancy?

Anything I can do to end this hyper-sensitivity to smells during pregnancy?

Avoidance, incense: The best way, of course, is to avoid the offending odor in the first place. Prevention is a good second choice -- if you can find a pleasing candle or incense to mask bothersome odors. Stories abound of pregnant women wearing garlic cloves as a necklace to cover over bad smells! ...Read more

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In my 50's and have developed sensitivity to smells. Due to hrt?

In my 50's and have developed sensitivity to smells. Due to hrt?

Probably not: Unfortunately, as we age, we become much more sensitive to bothersome odors, as well as other stimuli such as sound (noise), light, taste, etc. This is not related to hrt. ...Read more

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What are some common causes for random sensitivity to smells?

What are some common causes for random sensitivity to smells?

Perhaps migraine: Not unique for migraine patient to get rather ill with scent of certain perfumes, or other aromas. Some pts get allergies and ambient chemicals can even cause an asthmatic attack. Some medications may distort tastes and smells and cause adverse rxtns. Some complex partial seizure patients experience foul odors prior to sz, and may be provoked by certain odors rarely. ...Read more

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Sensitivity to smells durin migraine. Is that ok?

Sensitivity to smells durin migraine. Is that ok?

Common: Sensitivity to smells is almost as common as light and noise sensitivity during a migraine attack. Some migraines are also triggered by certain smells such as perfumes or colognes or chemical smells. ...Read more

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How can I help sensitivity to smells?

Open Nasal passage: A very common reason for a lack of sensitivity to smells is the inadequate flow of air through one's nasal passage way. This can be due to swelling, deviation of one's nasal septum, or polyps. This can obstruct the flow of the scent to one's smell nerves at the top of the nose. Some steps can include avoidance of irritants. Nasal steroids is another option. Surgery can also help. ...Read more

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How to help sensitivity to smells like burning toast?

See below: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Sudden sensitivity to smells and vomiting because of them.

Sudden sensitivity to smells and vomiting because of them.

Could be many things: this could be due to many things, but in your age group the most common cause is a migraine equivalent. The symptoms associated with migraine without a headache. If you have any concerns, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What other reasons could cause queasiness and sensitivity to smells besides migraine?

What other reasons could cause queasiness and sensitivity to smells besides migraine?

Many caused: Benign or malignant orophylangeal or nasopharyngeal rumors, benign or malignant brain rumors, previous stroke can increase sensitivity to smells. Many causes of queasiness: anxiety, pain, being on marcotics, gastroesophagael reflux, gallstones or sludge in gallbladder, high blood sugar, low blood auger, many medication side effects, brain lesions, elevated intracranial pressure, high blood sugar. ...Read more

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What causes sensitivity to smells in older person?

What causes sensitivity to smells in older person?

A--G--E: Unfortunately, as we age, we become much more sensitive to bothersome odors, as well as other stimuli such as sound (noise), light, taste, etc. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old seems to have an extreme sensitivity to smells, so bad that he will vomit when im cooking, makin him very picky eater, what cld this be?

My 4 yr old seems to have an extreme sensitivity to smells, so bad that he will vomit when im cooking, makin him very picky eater, what cld this be?

Just guessing...: ...I've seen this in children who had been "force-fed." most important is how his weight is progressing, and how his health is otherwise. If picky eating is preventing proper growth, then it becomes a problem. ...Read more

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I have dry mouth with sensitivity to smells and tastes, I am fatigued and feeling a little out of sorts, its been about three days.

I have dry mouth with sensitivity to smells and tastes, I am fatigued and feeling a little out of sorts, its been about three days.

Follow up: Your symptoms are a bit vague and non specific, hence i recommend that you follow up with your doctor for further evaluation. A good history and physical, coupled with some laboratory testing could be useful in evaluation of your symptoms. All the best! ...Read more

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sensitivity to smells at ground floor of hospital. Stomach instantly cramps as I arrive for lunch (only cramps at hospital) No migraines. no preg?

 sensitivity to smells at ground floor of hospital. Stomach instantly cramps  as I arrive for lunch (only cramps at hospital) No migraines. no preg?

Possibilities: Could be anxiety, but need to consider other possible factors as well. Is there anything else different in your routine on the days you are at hospital? More coffee? Less food? Sinus problems? You have "no preg?"in your question- so if there is a possible pregnancy please test to get your answer to that question. Pregnancy can give alteration in smell sensitivity. See your MD to get evaluated ...Read more

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Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Hmmm...: Actually, sinus infection, if anything should give you a reduction in smell acuity. I've not heard that it causes paradoxical hyperosmia. But what can do that is an irritative stimulus in a place known as the "olfactory groove"..which is just above the cribriform plate in the head. What kinds of smells you'e been having? If your new found talent persists I'd have a neurologist look first before EN ...Read more

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Nausea, bloating, cramping, frequency, low back pain, ha, sensitivity to smells. Last period oct 21, unprotected sex nov 4. Neg pregnant test today. Help!?

Nausea, bloating, cramping, frequency, low back pain, ha, sensitivity to smells. Last period oct 21, unprotected sex nov 4. Neg pregnant test today. Help!?

Pregnancy: A negative test early on does not necessarily conclusive. Test have increasing sensitivity but not infallible . Either repeat in one week or seek out you physician. ...Read more

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How can I manage sensitivity to smell in pregnancy?

How can I manage sensitivity to smell in pregnancy?

Homeopathic remedy: Homeopathic nux vomica is wonderful for the nausea of pregnancy and smells can induce that so it could help with that as well. Acupuncture can also help balance you out and make pregnancy better. Obviously avoiding places where you know the smells will be intense as well. ...Read more

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What causes mild heaches, nausea, sensitivity to smell, and fluttering in lower abdomen//back? Neg pregnacy test a month ago. Sex regularly

What causes mild heaches, nausea,  sensitivity to smell, and fluttering in lower abdomen//back? Neg pregnacy test a month ago. Sex regularly

Symptoms: Your symptoms may be caused by too many things to pinpoint from your brief message. You should see your doctor or health care provider if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I have been nauseated. Had a lack of appetite sensitivity to smells diarrhea and a messed up sleep schedule I have not thrown up any. ?

I have been nauseated. Had a lack of appetite sensitivity to smells diarrhea and a messed up sleep schedule I have not thrown up any. ?

Virus?: You didn't mention how long all of this has been going on and that is important. It sounds like you are sick, like from a virus or even mild food poisoning. But you haven't mentioned how long this has been going on. It shouldn't be more than a day or two. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Sensitivity To Smells (Definition)

Nausea and vomiting are common during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Eating several small meals and bland foods -- such as crackers or dry toast -- may reduce nausea. Women also report being sensitive to some smells, so avoiding any ...Read more