I wonder if any one else has heard of this.

Trudie Ann
By Trudie Ann Latest Reply 2011-05-15 23:28:59 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 05:08:04 -0500

I thought I was having a problem with smells / scents and sinus. Sometimes I will smell a something that smells like, hot lava rock, electrical wire burning, or acidic like. It is so bad that my sinus & head will hurt badly. My Dr. told me it was called Phantom Scent, that he had several patients with the same problem. He said it wasn't really a smell / scent at all. That it was just my brain telling me it was my olfactory. He said it usually happens when your blood sugar is spiking, but also when it is dropping.

Has anyone ever heard of this or had the same problem?

19 replies

Phylicity 2011-05-15 13:16:10 -0500 Report

I have had the "hot wire" smell lately. Not sure why. But I can say that I have severe migraines and when I smell cinnamon I know I'm in for a big one.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-15 23:28:59 -0500 Report

I usually end up with awful headaches when I get the smell. Some are migraines and some are just really bad headaches.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-13 14:12:06 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone this was my very first post. I am glad to know that I'm not alone with this problem. But on the other hand I wish no one has to have it including me.

dietcherry 2011-05-13 13:54:35 -0500 Report

I use a neti pot because I have chronic sinusitis, which makes it difficult to smell period!

AuntieBear 2011-05-14 02:41:18 -0500 Report

Does the neti pot really work? I have been temtpted, but kinda on the chicken side until I found someone who could tell me yea or nay. Please let me know. Thanks.

dietcherry 2011-05-14 09:35:26 -0500 Report

Ive used that too and its made by the same company who makes the neti; the neti works better for me because it flows-you dont have to force it.

jeffrey9127 2011-05-14 09:04:52 -0500 Report

I don't use the neti pot, but I use the sinus rinse bottles from Neilmed. You can look them up, they have a good website. My allergy Dr. recommended it after numerous sinus infections. Since using this product, I have had 3 sinus infection free years.

dietcherry 2011-05-14 09:42:33 -0500 Report

Thats a good product too and I tried it but the neti works best for me because it just gently flows and gets deeper into the sinus cavity without having to force it there. This rinse bottle delivery system is just like a saline nasal spray to me.

dietcherry 2011-05-14 08:59:43 -0500 Report

It def works for me! The saline mix that goes in it, which you buy pre-packaged or make at home with salt and baking soda, helps to soothe irritated and/or swollen sinuses from allergies and washes all the allergens out of your nose. I know there are saline nasal sprays, but for me, this method of rinsing the nose is superior. I am mainly allergic to dust mites, which, although you can minimize them in your environment, you cannot completely eradicate them. I wake up every morning congested and the neti pot has given me more relief than any prescription med my Allergist has prescribed-and without the side effects and expense!

edvel54 2011-05-13 12:43:14 -0500 Report

Kids always thought that I was nuts. I would ask them "Do you smell that"and they always ask "What?" It seems to have gotten better over time.
I was put on a nasal saline spray for a while, it seemed to help.

sojourner50 2011-05-13 09:12:40 -0500 Report

Hi, Alvin here. Yes in the begining 4mos ago I had curious smell and taste problems but it just went away. I have not felt like doing myself in and cant imagine why you cant talk with someone who can help you. Don't do it.

sloane 2011-05-13 08:53:16 -0500 Report

Check with an ENT; sometimes a sinus problem can cause alterations in smell, but be sure to let your doctor know so they can help you address this problem. Stay well!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-13 07:15:29 -0500 Report

Wow! Another reason to be glad I dont have a sense of smell! I sometimes regret not being able to smell things like flowers. Then I hear about things like this and I'm suddenly rather gjad I can't smell!

Harlen 2011-05-13 06:41:58 -0500 Report

I know what your going thru I have ben there one of the things that have helped me I use a neti pot and that helps a lot I use it three times a day .
Hope this helps
best wishes