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Phantom odors
kaypeeoh posted:
For at least 15 years I go through periods when I smell things that aren't there. Sometimes the odors are recognizable scents, like fresh paint, and sometimes the scents aren't recognizable. I've been examined for this complaint and radiographed to check for nasal polyps or tumors. Taking large doses of zinc has been recommended by online friends. I've researched 'Olfactory hallucinations' on medline and found it is often associated with schizophrenia. I'm 53 yrs old, in better health than most; I've run over 60 marathons.

Any ideas what could be causing this? It's not a serious concern for me, I'm just curious about it.


Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
No, Kevin, I do not have any way of determining the cause of your phantom odors. They may be real odors coming from your mouth, nasopharynx or sinuses (Did you have a sinus CT scan?), or they can truly be aberrations of a complicated brain. In this case your mind is misinterpreting signals of a smell, where on odor does not exist. This is a very complicated problem to solve.

I will post a medical reference for you....
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Here is one....

You will find other references for "phantom smells" using the Google Search engine.
kaypeeoh responded:
Thank you for the replies. I had already seen most of what was included but I will try Zinc for a while.

Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
I thought I was having phantom smells at one time....

Turned out to be one of my kid's shoes!

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