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What Can Cause A Heightened Sense Of Smell
What can cause these current symptoms, heightened sense of smell, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings. I had a complete hysterectomy in 2012.
Migraine Headaches: Heightened sense of smell may be descriptive for something we call "osmophobia" while the other symptoms are commonly known to be characteristic of migraine headaches: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and mood swings (irritability). Of course, you never said you had headaches but there is also such a thing called "acephalgic migraine" which is a headache-less migraine....Symptoms of aura only...Maybe? ...Read more
I have the IUD and recently I have been having a heightened sense of smell could it be caused by stress?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Nasal inflammation: Typically this occurs when your nose is inflamed either due to infection, allergies or some other reason. In people who lose their sense of smell intermittently, polyps can also be an issue. You would benefit greatly from a consultation with an ENT doctor. This consultation should include looking in your nose with a fiber-optic or telescope to see whether or not you have polyps. Most cases like yours can be successfully treated with medication. ...Read more
Causes of diminished sense of taste w/ normal sense of smell? Can distinguish between sweet, salty, bitter, etc., but lost the true "taste" of foods.
Simple to complex: May be something as simple as B12 deficiency to something as serious as brain tumor. Seek evaluation ...Read more
unusual: A heightened sense of smell can occur in various neurological diseases, tumors in the brain and low grade sinus infections. Some medications might cause an altered sense of smell as well. I would seek help from an ENT specialist to help sort out this problem. You may need to obtain and MRI to assess the brain and the area where the smell fibers come into the nose. ...Read more
What would cause my 17 year old to have a bad sense of smell? She has no allergies but is frequently stuffed up. It is getting worse over the years.
Smell test!: If you take your daughter to an ent, they can do smell testing to get a measure of just how limited her sense of smell is. They can then do a thorough work-up to evaluate for causes. Often this is something simple like allergies, however, there can be rare other causes that should be looked for. ...Read more
I am always stuffy, sense of smell going away, hearing diminishing. Was told years ago I had nasal polyps. Are these likely the cause?
Smell polyps: I am always stuffy, sense of smell going away, hearing diminishing. Was told years ago I had nasal polyps. Are these likely the cause? ANS: could be have someone look in your nose and test you smelling ability. ...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?
Can pituitary adenomas cause a decrease in sense of smell due to hormonal imbalance? Which hormones are out of balance with hyposmia?
Not usually: Hormonal alterations based on resection of a pituitary adenoma do not typically cause changes in smell. However, there is a dependency on how an adenoma was removed; there is a small incidence of hyposmia with a endoscopic transsphenoidal surgerical approach. ...Read more
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
Help regaining sense of smell 64 year-old male gradually losing sense of smell. Are there tests to determine causes-polyps, surgical procedures, non-allopathic remedies. Have had occasional staph infections inside nostrils-fairly painful bumps that res
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
Had a brain injury 5mths ago. Lost sense of smell & some taste. Occa'l vertigo. Recently I ve ringing noise in my ear. What causes that pls?
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
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