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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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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?

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 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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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