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Why do I smell something like burning that is not there?

Why do I smell something like burning that is not there?

See ENT: Could be a variety of problems including chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and so on. See an ENT doctor for exam and workup. Could also be a nerve issue for the sense of smell. ...Read more

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My niece says that she smells something burning. It seems to happen a lot - and nothing's burning! Any thoughts?

My niece says that she smells something burning. It seems to happen a lot - and nothing's burning! Any thoughts?

? Smell disorder: Sometimes patients with smell disorders report phantom odors like smoke or rotting meat. She should see an ENT doctor for nasal endoscopy and possibly a ct scan. She might have sinusitis or possibly a viral injury to her olfactory nerves. ...Read more

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I keep smelling like a burning smell at random times but there's never anything burning or anything what could this be?

I keep smelling like a burning smell at random times but there's never anything burning or anything what could this be?

Smell: Altered sense of smell may be caused by infection. Have seen descriptors from rotten smell etc. My only suggestion see physician and have sinuses evaluated. ...Read more

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Smelled a burning smell very strong 30 min later hubby came home didn't smell it anymore I didn't either is something wrong with me?

No: I'd be much more concerned that there's something wrong with your house than with you. Many house fires start because of electrical problems behind the walls. Please be sure that you have smoke detectors and that they actually work. ...Read more

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My poop smells like something burning. Should I be worried?

My poop smells like something burning. Should I be worried?

No: As long you have no other symptoms and your bowels are regular and normal stools. I will not worry ...Read more

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I keeping having this smell of burning rubber. I'm 20 years old and haven't had anything like this happen before. What might be happening?

Likely outside you.: See if you have the sensation outside, at other people's homes, in the park, in a store. Even if other people don't smell the same thing, it is not likely a medical problem. You may have a sensitive sniffer. ...Read more

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For the past couple of day All I can smell burning, what could this be?

For the past couple of day All I can smell burning, what could this be?

Phantosmia: Phantosmia – smelling something that’s not there – can be triggered by temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, head trauma and in some instances certain psychiatric conditions. It is also associated with Alzheimer’s and occasionally with the onset of a migraine. MRI, CT scans and EEGs can find physiological triggers such as tumor, sinus infection. If your symptoms continue, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having a burning smell off and on not sure what's going on but wanted some advice?

I have been having a burning smell off and on not sure what's going on but wanted some advice?

Hard to say!: Are you having any other symptoms? How long have you had it? Sometimes a sinus infection can cause a change in the sense of smell. Stop any new over-the-counter meds or supplements, and of course, any recreational drugs (if used). There are other causes of olfactory (smell) disturbances, like the flu, too. If this does not go away in a few weeks see a doc. See http://tinyurl. Com/qjqnf4o ...Read more

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When you can smell burning rubber And it keeps reocaring more and more what does this mean.

When you can smell burning rubber And it keeps reocaring more and more what does this mean.

Smelling things: That are not present indicates the need to see your doctor. It may be psychological or neurological. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to help sensitivity to smells like burning toast?

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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Do you smell burning rubber with narcolepsy before or after an episode?

Do you smell burning rubber with narcolepsy before or after an episode?

See below: I have never heard that patients suffering narcolepsy experience olfactory hallucinations. Maybe you are referring to complex partial seizures which may start with an aroma of burning rubber or other foul sensations, and this is termed an "aura". ...Read more

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I keep smelling a burning smell from a chemical in my freshly clean towels the odd thing is I'm the only that can smell it it smells horrible any idea?

I keep smelling a burning smell from a chemical in my freshly clean towels the odd thing is I'm the only that can smell it it smells horrible any idea?

If this is a new: Problem, see a neurologist. If this occurs sporadically see a neurologist. Sometime certain chemicals or perfumes can trigger focal seizure (smelling burnt rubber is the classic description). Get an EEG. ...Read more

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For the past year or so, most of the time I smell burning wood -- so much so I have actually gone searching for the fires in the house -- thoughts! ...?

For the past year or so, most of the time I smell burning wood -- so much so I have actually gone searching for the fires in the house -- thoughts! ...?

Nasal/sinus issues: I would advise an ENT (meat, nose and throat) work up. Chronic sinus infection is well known to cause abnormal smell. Of course we always worry about a brain cause. Either way- see your md for evaluation and decide which way to go - neuro or ENT as a starting point. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why am I dizzy and smell burning feathers?

Why am I dizzy and smell burning feathers?

If recurrent problem: If this is something that has been recurrent (more than once) I would suggest a Neurology evaluation. Some type of seizures and other neurological problems present this way. If this the first time, drink plenty of fluids, rest and watch yourself to see if it happens again. ...Read more

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My urine smells like boiled eggs, but no burning, itching, or pain. Why is this?

My urine smells like boiled eggs, but no burning, itching, or pain. Why is this?

You may be dehydrate: If a patient is dehydrated the urine becomes concentrated and odoriferous. The smell that you are aware of is concentrated urine. On the other hand what you eat has an effect if the urine is concentrated such as asparagus or alcohol. Best thing is to drink fluids not alcohol) at least a quart of water a day. That can be gator aid as well. You must inctrease this on a hot day or you are active ...Read more

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I have a fishy smell with itching and burning in my vaginal area. What causes this?

I have a fishy smell with itching and burning in my vaginal area. What causes this?

Bacterial vaginosis: Occurs from a disruption in the normal bacterial levels within the vagina. Can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a bad smell on my penis I don't have discharges and a lil burning what is this?

Varies: If you are uncut, you need to make sure you retract the foreskin and clean under since it can gather tons of things and cause a bad smell. If not cleaned for a long time, it can cause a condition called phimosis. Burning can be caused by a urinary tract infection or std if you are sexually active. You may not have a discharge even with a std. ...Read more

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My vagina has a fishy smell and burning what could be wrong?

My vagina has a fishy smell and burning what could be wrong?

Bacterial Vaginosis: You describe common symptoms of a bacterial vaginal infection. This can be easily diagnosed with a wet mount slide test under a microscope at your doctors's office. It is easily treated with antibiotics for few days. Schedule an appointment soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a UTI without a burning sensation or foul smell?

Is it normal to have a UTI without a burning sensation or foul smell?

Yes: It is quite possible to have utis without any symptoms. Not infrequently pseudomonas and proteus utis can be symptom free. ...Read more

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No burning urine has a smell and light pink on tp. Is it a sign of uti?

No burning urine has a smell and light pink on tp. Is it a sign of uti?

Possibly: If your urine has an odor and pink tinge there may be blood, a sign of infection, or the presence of a foul odor may indicate bacterial vaginitis. Please see your MD get a urinalysis to determine how to proceed. New odor is an indication for a pelvic exam according to ACOG. Good luck. ...Read more