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  • Think I'm going mad!!

    Hi guys,

    Have hesitated for a couple of weeks before posting this, as I don't want anyone to think I am mad, but need to ask if anyone has heard of this.

    Don't know how to put this - but I keep smelling smoke, like an acrid cigarette type of smoke. At first I thought I was really smelling it as an outside odour, and kept asking people if they could, but slowly realised it is just me. At first it was just now and then, but now it is all the time and it is driving me insane. I am going to have to go my GP but feel so stupid.

    I have no idea if it is connected to my dry eyes, but do wonder if I have no moisture of my own clearing things thru and all the drops I use .............. whether some toxins have built up aaarrggh. It is bad enough getting people to take the dry eye seriously, but this.

    Would really appreciate any information if anyone has ever heard of this, just would like to know I am not losing it!


  • #2
    There are many things that can cause this. Here is some information from the U.S. National Institute of Health:
    Smell disorders have many causes, with some more obvious than others. Most people who develop a smell disorder have experienced a recent illness or injury. Common causes of smell disorders are:
    • Sinus and other upper respiratory infections
    • Polyps in the nasal cavities
    • Frontal head injuries
    • Hormonal disturbances
    • Dental problems
    • Exposure to certain chemicals, such as insecticides and solvents
    • Numerous medications, including some common antibiotics and antihistamines
    • Radiation associated with the treatment of head and neck cancers
    • Aging
    • Other health issues that affect the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease
    In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to stop using several popular cold remedies because they could result in the loss of smell. Smoking also can interfere with our sense of smell.
    It does sound as though you need to see a doctor to rule out any of the more serious causes of the smell disorder.

    Reading information on the Internet, many people found that their smoke smell was caused by a sinus infection. Other people found that it was environmental, like fabric softener sheets that would slightly burn in a too-hot dryer and then permeate all clothing and bedding.

    But it does sound like it is a symptom that you should see your GP about and maybe get a referral to a specialist for proper diagnosis.



    • #3
      Scout, thanks so much for the info - phew!! who knew it was fairly common. Feel so relieved that can go to GP now at least armed with some details. Wonder if it is yet another ailment caused by this dreaded dry eye.

      At least it is wonderful to have this site where there is so much help and support - thanks again.



      • #4
        On a lighter note lizibet; have you previously for any reason had any cause to associate 'Smoke' with your eyes??
        Cos if-so; that is called 'Mind association' and is capable by only the most intelligent of people!!.

        Of course i can do it all the time!...


        • #5
          Ha ha, thanks for that Colin, need a laugh right now. No, no reason at all except I hate the smell of smoke like a lot of people.......