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Doctor insights on: Sensitivity To Smell Causes

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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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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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What causes sound, smell and light sensitivity?

What causes sound, smell and light sensitivity?

Migraine: The sensitivities can be part of the migraine experience, and, if you have headaches, this all fits together quite appropriately. Other problems might cause these sensitivities, and, if questions arise, a physical exam and routine blood screens might be useful. Some allergies and medication reactions could do this also. Might also be associated with emotional reactions. ...Read more

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Will an overian cyst cause sensitivity to smell?

Will an overian cyst cause sensitivity to smell?

Not directly: A cyst will not affect sense of smell at all directly; cysts that are hormonally active (that make hormones) may affect perception of smell. ...Read more

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What might cause a sudden increase in smell sensitivity and difficulty swallowing?

What might cause a sudden increase in smell sensitivity and difficulty swallowing?

Possible virus: Viral illness of the nose and throat can cause strange symptoms at times. By irritating the nasal lining you can get a paradoxical clearing of the nose with improved smell as well as throat irritation and inflammation. Usually the symptoms progress and change as the viral course progresses. ...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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Frequent release of gas, bloated feeling, sensitivity 2 smell, always hungry. Took depotrust lst march. Taking essentiale and aneturix. Is it d cause?

Frequent release of gas, bloated feeling, sensitivity 2 smell, always hungry. Took depotrust lst march. Taking essentiale and aneturix. Is it d cause?

Unknown: You have a variety of symptoms that are related to the gastrointestinal system. I would see a GI specialist or consider doing a virtual visit with one of Healthtap Prime doctors to go over this problem one on one in more detail. ...Read more

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Do people have the same sensitivity to smell as one another?

Bell shaped curve: The sense of smell varies from person to person. Most have the basic set but some are more sensitive to certain odors and there are changes with nasal disease and damage to the internal head strucrtures from injury and certain diseases. There are a few with altered smell (dysosmia) and some have none at all (anosmia) which is quite uncommon. ...Read more

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How can I help sensitivity to smells?

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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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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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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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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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

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Could I with aspergers syndrome develop hyper sensitivity to sound, smell and light at a later stage in?

Could I with aspergers syndrome develop hyper sensitivity to sound, smell and light at a later stage in?

Anyone on the: Autism spectrum can develop the hyper sensitivity you mention. Anyone can, for that matter, but people on the spectrum may be more at risk. Great plains laboratory has a good website with info and lab tests. Please see you doc for a check up to rule out other things. Peace and good health. ...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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Could I have pseudotumor or do I have migraines as well from light sensitivity and food smells?

Could I have pseudotumor or do I have migraines as well from light sensitivity and food smells?

Many causes: Both pseudo rumors and migraines can cause light sensitivity and changes in smell. There are many other causes that would have to be investigated also. ...Read more

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Daily has for a month w/ smell hallucinations, sensitivity to light, sound, smell, speech probs, confusion. Debilitating. Are these migraines?

Daily has for a month w/ smell hallucinations, sensitivity to light, sound, smell, speech probs, confusion. Debilitating. Are these migraines?

You need a: Comprehensive neurological assessment for accurate diagnosis. Even if your symptoms were consistent with a medical condition - I don't think you would find too many doctors who would make a diagnosis on line with this info. ...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 a strange smell in my nose and wonder if it could be a chemical sensitivity. It seems to be triggered by smells (exhaust) and lingers for weeks?

I have a strange smell in my nose and wonder if it could be a chemical sensitivity. It seems to be triggered by smells (exhaust) and lingers for weeks?

Chemical not likely: The most likely reason for a persistent strange smell is a chronic sinus infection. Less likely are injuries to the olfactory nerves. Chemical sensitivity is not likely. ...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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Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also smell-light-sound sensitivity. All this since I was a kid, I'm 19?

Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also smell-light-sound sensitivity. All this since I was a kid, I'm 19?

Evaluation: You should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. You may have a nasal polyp that is blocking your left nostril. In addition there may be a problem with your left sinus responsible for your head hurting. Good luck. ...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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Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also light-sound-smell sensitivity. Migrains or something else?

Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also light-sound-smell sensitivity. Migrains or something else?

Sounds like it: A migraine is often one sided, throbbing or pulsing, worse with motion, lasts 4-72 hours without treatment. There can be light or sound sensitivity. ...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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Passed out monday, hit my head on the ground. Black eye, split lip and lump on my head. Headaches and sensitivity to smell. Go to my pcp? Or wait

Passed out monday, hit my head on the ground. Black eye, split lip and lump on my head. Headaches and sensitivity to smell. Go to my pcp? Or wait

Yes, PCP, or ED: Passing out and hitting your head with a new change in smell, as well as headaches deserves an evaluation. Your split lip may need stitches too. I recommend going your pcp or your local emergency department to review your symptoms and injuries. Passing out syncope) requires a work up. ...Read more

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I have been having severe headaches for the past week and a half. Pain behind my left eye neck tension blurred vision, sensitivity to light sound and smells. Some vomiting; it seems to be worse when exercising. A little trouble having conversation on two I

I have been having severe headaches for the past week and a half. Pain behind my left eye neck tension blurred vision, sensitivity to light sound and smells. Some vomiting; it seems to be worse when exercising. A little trouble having conversation on two I

Go to ER now.: Although this appears to be migraine, the duration of the headaches concerns me. If you have problem talking, you need to rush to an ER to get examined ASAP because minutes can matter. Have you had a recent head trauma? ...Read more

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Dizziness spells, severe nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, vomiting, sensitivity to smells, weak bladder and head aches what could it be?

Dizziness spells, severe nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, vomiting, sensitivity to smells, weak bladder and head aches what could it be?

Flu/virus: Most likely viral/fiu
Could be food poisoning
With so many severe symptoms you need to seek medical attention soon before you become dehydrated ...Read more

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I have pcos, I'm cramping, nausea with vomiting, brest tenderness, smells I'm use to make me sick and took a test negative now what?

I have pcos, I'm cramping, nausea with vomiting, brest tenderness, smells I'm use to make me sick and took a test negative now what?

Repeat in 2 days: I would repeat the pregnancy test in 2 days to make sure. If you you may be ovulating which you may not be used to with pcos. Or these symptoms could have nothing to do with pcos...Could have a GI bug. ...Read more

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Chlamydoa cause fishy smell?

Chlamydoa cause fishy smell?

Vaginosis: A fishy vaginal odor is most often attributed to bacterial vaginosis. This is a condition treated with Rx medications, which can also be present with sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia. Your gynecologist can help you sort this out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes the smell in armpits?

What causes the smell in armpits?

Bacteria: A moist environment is a breeding groundfor bacteria. Antiperspirants make the armpit dry so decrease the bacteria in that area. The odor comes from the byproducts of the bacteria. ...Read more

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What causes sputum to smell fruity?

Bacteria: There are certain gram negative bacteria (ie like pseudomonas) than can give the sputum a fruity like smell (historically described as grapelike). ...Read more

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What causes loss of taste and smell?

What causes loss of taste and smell?

Anosmia: Taste is mostly dependent on the sense of smell. Loss of that sense is called anosmia. A very common cause is head trauma, due to shearing of the tiny nerves from the nose going into the brain through a perforated cribiform plate at the base of the skull. Sudden jarring can sever those nerves. There are other conditions and medications that can impair this sense, too. ...Read more