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Sudden Heightened Sense Of Smell
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?
I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?
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?
Is it possible to have heightened sense of smell after post nasal drip? Strong smells cause me to feel asthmatic now. Will this pass?
Asthmatic: Need more information but the symptoms should pass. Be sure to get examined if they persist or worsen ...Read more
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?
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
Last couple weeks my sense of smell has heightened extremely to where I don't want to eat afraid of vomiting, unprotected sex wit bf could I be prego?
I had my tubes tied about 5yrs ago and have been experiencing some pain in my adomin and left arm and had 2 periods last month I've also have experienced being sick to my stomache and sense of smell has heightened
See your MD: These are good reasons to see your md for a history and physical. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Could you be...: ...pregnant?Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Yup: Women have greater olfactory senses than men. ...Read more
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
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