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Doctor insights on: Sudden Heightened Sense Of Smell

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Have had a headache at base of skull for 5 days, over last 4 days I have had a sudden heightened sense of smell (not pregnant), I am 42, any ideas?

Have had a headache at base of skull for 5 days, over last 4 days I have had a sudden heightened sense of smell (not pregnant), I am 42, any ideas?

Benign tumor: You may have a benign skull base tumor, such as a meningioma, compressing the olfactory nerve at the the bottom of the brain.

MRI of the brain with and without contrast is indicated along with followup with your primary care MD. ...Read more

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I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?

I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?

Maybe: Stress affects the body in very strange ways. I've never heard of it causing a change in smell but I suppose it is a possibility! ...Read more

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I have a heightened sense of smell in my left nostril. Before that I had a runny left nostril that just stopped a few weeks ago. What can this be?

I have a heightened sense of smell in my left nostril. Before that I had a runny left nostril that just stopped a few weeks ago. What can this be?

Skull base tumor: Benign tumors of skull base and coverings of brain called meningiomas can alter sense of smell and can cause spinal fluid leakage through nose. Mri eval would be useful. ...Read more

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My period is 14 days late, 1 negative hpt, heightened sense of smell, pre period like symptoms but never seem to start. What's going on?

My period is 14 days late, 1 negative hpt, heightened sense of smell, pre period like symptoms but never seem to start. What's going on?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills (nortrel 1/35), cause heightened sense of smell?

Can birth control pills (nortrel 1/35), cause heightened sense of smell?

Sense of smell: Yes it is known that birth control pills can enhance the sense of smell. It may be due to an increase in Progesterone levels. ...Read more

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My sense of smell heightened, 6 days after sex had pinkish brown disharge. Still no period. Sensitive nipples. Mild lower back pain. Restless nights.

My sense of smell heightened, 6 days after sex had pinkish brown disharge. Still no period. Sensitive nipples. Mild lower back pain. Restless nights.

Take pregnancy test: You have not really asked a question here, but I'm guessing that you may be concerned about possible pregnancy. If so, you can take a home pregnancy test once you've missed your menstrual period. It will be accurate a week after your missed period -- some are accurate sooner. Or, visit your doctor who can provide a serum test. ...Read more

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How could someone lose their sense of smell?

How could someone lose their sense of smell?

Trauma, infection: Complete loss of the sense of smell can follow certain upper respiratory infections
trauma can impact the nerves from the olfactory system with loss of smell. Sometimes the loss is partial with sensitivity to certain smells and loss of others. Check in with your otolaryngologist for these. ...Read more

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I have no sense of smell what could this be?

Anosmia: It is called anosmia. There are several potential causes. Best you see your doctor to have this looked into. ...Read more

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My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

Good for you.: In pregnancy the sense of Smell get enhanced.
After the resolution of long standing Cold/Congestion or Allergic Rhinitis; one gets sense of smell back. ...Read more

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What is it called when you don't have a sense of smell?

Loss of smell: It is called anosmia, can be caused by viral infection, flu, or chronic sinus infection, polyps also can cause this, rarely, olfactory nerve diseases, tis also can affect taste, seek advice and evaluation, from ENT specialist ...Read more

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How is sense of smell restored?

How is sense of smell restored?

Smell restoration: Often, it cannot be restored, but it depends on why your sense of smell is impaired or absent. If it was from a sinus infection, treating the infection can help. If nasal polyps, treating them may improve it, too. If the loss is from olfactory nerve damage from trauma or stroke or infection, it might not ever come back. If your nose is plugged, just returning your nasal breathing can help. ...Read more

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How can they test my sense of smell?

How can they test my sense of smell?

Scratch and sniff: For a crude assessment of the sense of smell many ENT doctors have a scratch and sniff packet that can be used to see if you can identify odors. Very specialized smell and taste disorder centers have much more in depth testing material available. ...Read more

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What can cause altered sense of smell?

What can cause altered sense of smell?

Obstruction: Diminished or altered ense of smell is likely due to poor airflow to the roof of the nose where the nerve endings for smell are located. A thorough nasal endoscopy will check for nasal polyps (which are usually due to allergies). If the endoscopy is normal, then a ct scan may be helpful in ensuring no other abnormalities in the skull base that can alter sense of smell. ...Read more

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I lost the sense of smell after geting cold?

I lost the sense of smell after geting cold?

May need steroids: Sometimes after a cold the nose can become inflamed. This inflammation can then lead to difficulty with your sense of smell. If you can get to an ear nose and throat doctor you can have your nose looked at to make sure there are no polyps. A course of steroids may be of help. ...Read more

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I am losing my sense of smell, what is wrong?

I am losing my sense of smell, what is wrong?

Allergy?: If the loss is considerable see a neurologist, but allergies and conditions such as hayfever or colds could be responsible ...Read more

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Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

Loss of smell/taste: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with medical conditions such as flu, Parkinson disease, stroke, head trauma, cerebral contusion, old age, Alzheimer, bells palsy, smell and taste are connected, if you cant smell you normally cannot taste. Spicy foods work. Condition may be dangerous because smoke cannot be smelt. Olfactory nerve transmits smell, may be affected by tumor/trauma ...Read more

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Why does my sense of smell seem worse as I age?

Why does my sense of smell seem worse as I age?

Hard to say.: At age 30, it is unusual to have diminished smell. Some possibilities are related to nasal obstruction. Allergy, mechanical obstruction, drug abuse, sinusitis with nasal polyps are a few reasons. It is possible that late in life, degeneration of the first cranial nerve may occur. (the nerve of smell). The common cold can cause swelling of the lining of the nose but this is usually reversible. ...Read more

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What could cause a really strong sense of smell?

What could cause a really strong sense of smell?

Olfactory stim: Hormonal changes have been known to affect the sense of smell. Also, correction of sinusitis, congestion, or other conditions in the nasopharynx may seem to be enhancing the sense of smell. Certain drugs may do this, too, though usually alter the sense, rather than increase it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to regain my sense of smell back?

Is it possible to regain my sense of smell back?

May be: If your lost of sense of smell is due to nasal polyps, severe allergic rhinitis that resulted in physical obstruction of the upper nasal passage where olfactory epithelium are located, treatment of these conditions may bring your sense of smell back. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a bad sense of smell?

Two things: Either your smell nerves have been shot or your flow of air from your nose entry to your smell nerves has been impaired. ...Read more

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What can cause a person to lose all sense of smell?

What can cause a person to lose all sense of smell?

3 main reasons.: 1.Head trauma: a blow to the front off back of the head causes the brain to bounce in skull. Smell nerve fibers can be ripped by this sudden action
2.Nerve damage: a seemingly minor cold sometimes causes enough inflammation that nerve is damaged. Some drugs can also cause this
3. Obstruction: something can physically block smell particles from reaching the smell area. Polyps or rare tumors. ...Read more

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Is it normal to loose your sense of smell with age?

Is it normal to loose your sense of smell with age?

Yes: Very short answer.....Yes. This can also affect appetite in that taste and smell are closely related. Affects the elderly quite a bit. ...Read more

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Can women have a much better sense of smell than men?

Can women have a much better sense of smell than men?

Yup: Women have greater olfactory senses than men. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to develop a better sense of smell?

Possibly: Perfumers, wine experts, and testers in the spice/flavoring industry have improved their sense of smell so it is possible. Could contact international flavors and fragrances co in ny, mccormicks in baltimore and see if they have specific recommendations. ...Read more