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My niece says that she smells something burning. It seems to happen a lot - and nothing's burning! any thoughts?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: ? 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.

In brief: ? 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.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Phantosmia
It is called phantosmia, which most often occurs as a result of a head injury or upper respiratory infection.
It can also be caused by temporal lobe seizures, sinusitis, brain tumors, migraine, parkinson's disease and stroke. you should see your doctor, preferably a neurologist.

In brief: Phantosmia
It is called phantosmia, which most often occurs as a result of a head injury or upper respiratory infection.
It can also be caused by temporal lobe seizures, sinusitis, brain tumors, migraine, parkinson's disease and stroke. you should see your doctor, preferably a neurologist.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sinus infection?
Have her looked at by family doc to check for infections in and around the nasal cavity that could change the smell sensation.
.. If nothing found, would consider ENT evaluation as well to look even deeper to find any sinus infection that could " hide" and cause unusual / atypical sxs - but still need treated.. Good luck!

In brief: Sinus infection?
Have her looked at by family doc to check for infections in and around the nasal cavity that could change the smell sensation.
.. If nothing found, would consider ENT evaluation as well to look even deeper to find any sinus infection that could " hide" and cause unusual / atypical sxs - but still need treated.. Good luck!
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Patrick Melder
At a minimum I would make sure she gets a CT of the sinuses.
Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Seizure disorder
I agree with what the other doctors have said.
My first concern would be to rule out a seizure disorder (epilepsy), which might require an EEG (electroencephalogram), possibly done with video monitoring.

In brief: Seizure disorder
I agree with what the other doctors have said.
My first concern would be to rule out a seizure disorder (epilepsy), which might require an EEG (electroencephalogram), possibly done with video monitoring.
Dr. Devon Webster
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