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Weird Smell in my Nasal passage will not go away.
I have had nasal problems for years, nasal polyps, sinus surgery sinus infections etc. For many years I have experien ced smells that reside in my nasal passages. I recently had nasal polyps removed for a second time and am on an aggressive treatment of antibiotic, antihistamine, and allergy medications.
Since I have had this smell for many years when people ask me to identify it, I can't because I have only this smell to reference so I can not compare it to anything else.
What I have noticed, and what I have yet to read in my research is that WHEN ANY OTHER SMELL IS PRESENT, I CAN SMELL MY WEIRD SMELL IN PLACE OF IT. So, if a strong smell is present, I smell my smell stronger. It appears the smell comes and goes, but it actually gets triggered by other smells. I have spoken to my ENT and she hasn't got a clue. I wonder if there is some kind of study being done on this phenomenon? I have cleaned out my Sinuses with alkalol(not misspelled) and a baking soda and salt water solution on a regular basis, but it does nothing to reduce the smell. I can even put vicks vaporub under my nose to try to overpower the smell but nothing helps.
Are there any real Doctors out there that can come up with a solution? I'm totally at a loss...
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Anyone consider environmental; allergies I have had  smoke smell last few weeks I get other symptoms like itchy eyes dry cough sinus problems in the morning only . Check out the aerial spraying they are doing .read up "What on earth are they spraying' its on utube also a member has it up on her journal ginger899 ..
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I have chronic sinus infections, allergy and seasonal asthma (mostly in March). For two-three months I keep smelling fumes/gas or something close to exhaust smoke. It makes me sick to my stomach. At first I thought I was going crazy and L.A. traffic had finally broke me down! I live in the city so I tried to keep my windows closed, I freaked out that my portable ac unit was going to kill me with exhaust in my sleep. Then I started to notice it more often than not. I would ask others around if they noticed a smell and every time I was the only one. I started to notice that it happens more when I'm stressed out or tired, my immune system has always been weak and I tend to get sick often. I am actually relieved to read that others are having the same experience, I was too embarrassed to tell my doctor because I had no idea where to even start with this particular complaint. I'm calling first thing tomorrow to set an appointment. thanks everyone.
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I attempted to wait out a "cold" for about the last month...Sinus pressure/pain and ear pain...nasal discharge tastes llike something crawled up my nose and died....husband finally forced me to go into Urgent Care last night. First thing the doc did was push on my face and smell my breath. He told me he was almost positive it was bacterial due to the smell, as viral sinus infections do not put off a horrible smell. He sent me to x-ray and when he got the results, he asked me how I was still standing. He went on to let me know that every space in my sinuses was completed blocked with infection and asked why I let this go so long. I told him I was a little leery of antibiotics, I don't like to take them unless I really need them. He said that was to be respected, but, any infection in the face/head can definitely cause issues with infection in the brain and a good doctor will know the difference, or take the time to find out...Gave me a shot of steroids and a shot of strong antibiotic and sent me home on oral antibiotics. So thats my story... My QUESTION is: How the HELL do I get rid of this smell, as one of the above posters mentioned, it seems to be getting more concentrated and I am beginning to gag from the intense smell/taste. That was the ONE thing I forgot to ask last night, and I'm really kicking myself now. Thanks for any help.
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What did you treat yourself with? I think this is my problem
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Please check out The Sinus Flush Friggy's Journal (search on Google).  He gives a unique was to clean out the sinuses.  Also see my comment on June 13,2012 (in his comments thread) for other ideas.
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I noticed a nasal smell about a week after taking a vitamin product called Sea Vegg as part of my daily supplement.  I didn't know it at the time but soon put it together. The smell was similar to kelp.  I am familiar with that odor having worked on Kelco ships in San Diego, CA several years ago.  Kelco harvests Kelp from seas throughout the West coast.  Kelp is used in a number of consumer products such as tooth paste. The odor reminded me a little of iodine, or even rotten fruit and I thought I had contracted sinusitis. I discussed this with my doctor and started an antibiotic course of treatment for 10 days. Also started a nasal saline irrigation twice a day. After the antibiotic was completed the odor was still present. I looked at my usual intake and realized the change when I added Sea Vegg to my routine.So I decided to stop taking Sea Vegg to see if that was the problem. After a few days the odor diminished. Then I started Sea Vegg again (2 caps - 1 am and 1 pm) and after a few days the odor reappeared.  No one else smells it. So a possibility that sinus or nasal odor may be caused by some vitamin supplement may be the reason you may detect odd odors at times and can not exactly pin it down. In my case it appears to be Sea Vegg.


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I have a similar issue, I can use a saline rinse and it will go away for a while but always comes back. it affects my breath, I have smelled the same smell occasionally when I'm out and about so I know I'm not the only one.

Are there any ENT or maybe Dentists out there?
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hi Cassianna
my name is bub i smell a sorta sweet yeasty smell in my nose
i have been to an ENT she said i had a little swelling on my left side nothing bad, told me to use a nasal spray which i tried and it made me too nervous also to use a netti pot ok which i have used many times.
They did a CT scan to check for a tumor that shook me up, no tumor was found.They said there is some minimal ( 2 to 3 mm ) mucoperiosteal thickening involving the floor of some of the frontal sinues, particulary the left side, other wise the paranasal sinuses are clear.
Now they are saying they dont know what is causing the smell, all she ( the ENT) said was the lose of smell ( are you ready for this) the very early signs of Parkinsons. i have told her that i have not lost any smell and i can taste everything great, just that i have an extra smell in my nose as explained above
Any comments would be appreciated
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Thank heavens I am not alone.  I keep smelling a type of "perfume" smell and thought that it was my diabetes.   But my blood sugars are within normal.  The smell will get so strong that it wakes me up at night.   Now I will try some of the suggestions that are posted here.   Thanks all.
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This is interesting! In my post in another part of this forum I wrote that I was away for a week in Edinburgh and it cleared up - at this time, I may have been using a roll-on deodorant instead of a spray! Might have to try this theory. Quite tricky not to wear deodorant though so I may try a roll-on again!
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Glad to know I'm not alone in this matter. Anyway, the smell is hard to describe. It's a mixture of melting plastic (eg. a pen lid melting), burnt rubber, petrol, new laptop/PC, old toothpaste, my toothbrush, perfume, deodorant, seawater, leaking gas, smoke -- all combined into one weird, revolting smell. I had this the first time last week and I thought it was just a one-off thing since it only lasted for about half a day. Exactly a week later, and this phantom smell has come back. And it's lasted for over 30 hours now and it's still present even as we speak. It sort of resembles a real, tangible smell because it smells like some of the things I've mentioned above, but I know that it's a phantom smell because there's no way this smell can follow me around wherever I turn - whether it'd be at home, outside or at the computer lab in Uni. The phantom smell is not particularly obvious when you try and focus what the smell could be. But once you stop focusing on it and you breathe normally and go about your usual business, the smell is present. When it is present, my nose sort of has a burning sensation and my throat gets slightly tingly and it gives me a slight headache. Initially I thought it was from my breath, so I tried to cup my hands around my mouth and breathed -- but it didn't smell like it at all. Although not particularly obvious, it is quite powerful in some circumstances. For example, I ate sushi for dinner last night and as soon as I took a few bites, the phantom smell instantly came back to me - and I guess that happened because the smell of sushi is quite similar to the phantom smell. The more I ate, the more the obvious and powerful the smell. But something like that doesn't make me sick though... at least not yet anyway. Right now, it's just frustrating because it distracts me and spoils me from focusing on what I do on a day-to-day basis. Otherwise, I don't feel any other symptoms. I don't feel dizzy or disorientated, sick or nauseous. It doesn't affect my thinking or concentration, except for the fact that the smell is a distraction and it does give me a slight headache at times. So yeah... from all that, can any of you tell what I could be having? (and no trolling please such as tumours or death threats). And what could be the best cause of action right now? I guess see a local doctor, but anything else? What else can I do about it - ie. is there an avenue for self-treatment? Thanks.
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Wow......now I'm not alone!  I have used menthol ointment in my nose and on my lips for years to help with dryness.....I also like the smell of menthol.  For the past couple months now, whenever I use the ointment all I smell is onion.  I have tinnitus and vertigo as well.  Anyone smell onions?  Not sure what to do......
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I know this post is old but I was wondering if the smell went away, I too use Vicks long term and I'm wondering if that's the problem.
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Hi Guys,  I'm from South Africa, western cape.  I had a terrible smell in my nose for more than 5 years. Last month I went to my ENT, got a CT scan again.  Finally they picked up that my septum was not straight and it was causing my left nostril to be constantly blocked.  ENT then suggested for the smell to open my sinus and nasal walls larger.  I went for the 2 hour operation on 6 June 2013, after a month now.  The smell is gone, because no mucus is building up to cause horrible smell.  My life is finally starting to come back to normal again.  Bad breath is gone, all was caused by sinus infection.  Now I just use the neti pot to clear my sinusses daily and a spray to lessen any swollen passages, but the spray I don't even need.  The key is to make the nasal passages drain freely, mine was stuck and swollen for many years.  I also prayed alot and God finally made a way for me.  Amen!
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Does anyone expierence blurred vision with the smell
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hello, all. im happy to  be alive today. i have lived with sinus problems my whole life now being 33 yrs of age. i had my 5 and hopefully final surgery in 07 and i have had virtually every symptom described here. i say if you have sinus problems you should get a ct done every year. i say this because i am a survivor of a very serious fungal infection that ate clear through my skull, pushed my brain as it went and even made me blind. after a little brain surgery and sinus rinses im fine. im learning to live with not being able to smell anything with any certainty and the lack of appetite that comes with having to remember what foods taste like(yeah it ***** i sympathize). everyone who has a head ache and it may bve liked to sinuses should get a ct scan so that they know whats going on inside thier head. don't be like me and don't see a doctor for how ever long it takes fungus to eat through bone and cuase a rather large bump in the middle of your eyes and forhead and let some quacks send you away without one. then wait another year or so that the thing in your head makes you start to go blind before you go get a ct scan. it should take that much before you know its serious. they start small and can kill you just like any cancer. make sure you know what you are allergic too. small reactions can cuase major problems in the right place. don't you all think we should be able to use the wheel chair sign, damn it im disabled too.
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the rinses are a good start. stay away from chemicals.brush your teeth and gargle to help with the smells also.
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Sometimes this horrible smells makes me feel like I am rotting from the inside out. I think this is a modern disease that is increasing in its frequency and intensity. Because it is new and because we are embarrassed to discuss it, doctors tend to be unaware of how serious it is.

I am 59 years old and I started to notice it about 27 years ago. Sometimes it would go away with antibiotics and then return with a vengeance. My doctors don't seem to have a clue and my wife thinks I am crazy.

Maybe I would just form a company and find a permanent cure to this epidemic.
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Sometimes this horrible smells makes me feel like I am rotting from the inside out. I think this is a modern disease that is increasing in its frequency and intensity. Because it is new and because we are embarrassed to discuss it, doctors tend to be unaware of how serious it is.

I am 59 years old and I started to notice it about 27 years ago. Sometimes it would go away with antibiotics and then return with a vengeance. My doctors don't seem to have a clue and my wife thinks I am crazy.

Evidently, the smell is the result of accumulated mucus that has dried up and gotten putrefied by bacteria in the nasal passages, the turbinates. These putrefied and dry mucus that congeals into tonsilloliths as your tonsils fight to get rid of the bacteria. When I cough, clear my throat or aspirate the back of my nose to get rid of phlegm, the smelly clumps of tonsilloliths are released slightly eliminating the odor.

Maybe I would just form a company and find a permanent cure to this epidemic.
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Trouble is the most doctors, even ENTs don't have a clue. Thanks for your remarks.
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Hi! I've been experiencing some of the same things as you have described. I had new furniture delivered about a month ago and thought it was a smell coming from  my new recliner. I actually had the furniture store pick it up because I thought it was making me sick...horrible smell, watery eyes and headache. Now its been gone for almost two weeks and guess what??? I've still got the awful smell! I sometimes think its body odor, but my coworkers tell me that they smell nothing. Did you find a relief? I'm just desperate to get rid of this annoyance! Thanks for any info!
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Im 16 and i have had a smell disorder for a few days now its putrid it doesnt go away and i can smell other things but this "odor" masks it. This is really annoying and i want to just plug my nose up because when i dont breath threw it i cant smell the odor. I havnt found anyone with the same symptoms it wasnt caused by an injury of any sort. I just woke up one day and couldnt not stop trying to find out if i smelled or it was the house so i took a shower put cologne on, but i could still smell it. so i thought it was my house and i walked outside and some fresh air helped alot but did not make it g away i find that when im in a room with someone who is smoking a cigarette the smell gets stronger and i cant bare to even breath threw my nose anymore. But it came along with a weird taste that is identical to the smell. I could not describe the smell kind of like what you smell when your hungover and you can still taste the liquor. But i dont know that isnt exactly what it smells like just similar to it. I havnt found anyone who had the same problem i thought i was sick but im perfectly healthy i weigh 140 and brush my teeth daily i dont really get sick much. One thing i noticed that the night before it started i had a dream of pulling a spider out of my throat it wasnt the dream that i think might have caused it i think i slept on my neck wrong  because in the dream i could feel a pain when i swallowed. Could this cause nerve damage? Because i know nerve damage can affect your senses and i want to know what to do if it should be taken seriously.
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I have this as well, my smell is a metallic car fume smell. It started during my sinusitis and has yet to sub side. Anytime I smell it I get post nasal drip and acid reflux. The best way I found to overcome it is to not wear deodorant and to just ignore it. It is caused by the proteins in our mucus which the bacteria feasts on.

If it is really bothering you get your sinuses cleared out (professionally) by an ENT.
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sounds like an underlying problem. I have another issue but still, my doctors have not been able to help me. I've given up on them & now I'm planning on going to a Functional M.D. They get to the underlying causes.
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I had this smell issue for almost a year when I was in middle school. I have gone years without having this problem and then out of nowhere I have it again. It has been a week. The only thing I can think of that I have changed is trying to add more protein to my morning routine.  I feel I will have some control on how my body heals because the one thing that is majorly different this time is I have more knowledge. I have been using essential oils as my natural form of my health care. There is no doubt in my mind that they will work for this. For now I am going to assume it is fungal/candida or possible digestion issue. I will let you know in a few weeks what I have found!
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I just started getting this too! It smells like old oil or maybe overheating electronics. I believe it may be a side effect of the sulfur based antibiotic I just began taking for cellulitis in my knee.

I guess we'll see if it passes when the meds are done...
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I just started getting this too! It smells like old oil or maybe overheating electronics. I believe it may be a side effect of the sulfur based antibiotic I just began taking for cellulitis in my knee.

I guess we'll see if it passes when the meds are done...
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I think I'm having the same problem as others have stated here I've been smelling this weird stuff which only I can smell it has been almost 2 weeks now, it smells like garbage and when I clean my nose using a soft tissue paper I see yellow stuffs but it is dry not the regular color like the grey ones.  And whenever I am lying on my bed the weird smell is strong unlike when I'm just sitting and this cause me to stay up late because I am irritated with the smell. I try to blow my nose but nothing comes out and I can still smell it. Will it also affect my breath? Please help I'm a graduating student and I can't afford to skip classes and activities because of surgery solutions.
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The internet is an amazing tool if you just ask the right question.
On finding this post, I was amazed at how many other people have this indescribable smell in the sinus.  
I have recently had nasal surgery for polyps and a large mass that actually broke apart much of the interior nasal cavity.  On reflection I was slowly loosing my sense of smell for over 2 decades.
After reading these posts I am drawn to the connection between out of control yeast infection (Candida) and this odour.
I am a 54 year old male and yes men do get Candida and let me tell you this is one of the most horrific things I have had to deal with.
I will try to do a yeast busting process and see if this relieves the odor.

On a similar issue since my surgery I also have a constant ringing in my ears combined with headaches that although not immobilizing are draining.  Has anyone been experiencing this and how did you deal with it.
Thank you all for sharing.

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Excellent, excellent advice. I woke up with this horrendous, mothbally slash something else smell that I can't quite describe and immediately panicked. It was absolutely horrendous. The smell would waft in and out and over-powered every single smell in the house, including perfume . I decided to check the net and stumbled on this thread, and was relieved I was not the only one (I have never had anything like  this in all  of my thirty two years.) I was also completely deflated when I read that the majority of these posters had been experiencing this smell for months, sometimes even years. I had only had it for an hour or so and was going crazy. Thankfully I came across your post. I didn't have ACV or a nose inhaler thing, but decided to go for the next best thing. I put Cider Vinegar in a bowl and combined it with boiling water. I put my head in this concoction and covered it with a towel, and let the fumes penetrate my nose and sinuses. Worked like a charm. It's not a hundred percent gone but I believe that's due to infection and will take some time to heal, but this advice about vinegar was a God-send. The smell almost completely went away. Highly recommend trying these methods and thank you again, so much, for sharing.
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Excellent, excellent advice. I woke up with this horrendous, mothbally slash something else smell that I can't quite describe and immediately panicked. It was absolutely horrendous. The smell would waft in and out and over-powered every single smell in the house, including perfume . I decided to check the net and stumbled on this thread, and was relieved I was not the only one (I have never had anything like  this in all  of my thirty two years.) I was also completely deflated when I read that the majority of these posters had been experiencing this smell for months, sometimes even years. I had only had it for an hour or so and was going crazy. Thankfully I came across your post. I didn't have ACV or a nose inhaler thing, but decided to go for the next best thing. I put Cider Vinegar in a bowl and combined it with boiling water. I put my head in this concoction and covered it with a towel, and let the fumes penetrate my nose and sinuses. Worked like a charm. It's not a hundred percent gone but I believe that's due to infection and will take some time to heal, but this advice about vinegar was a God-send. The smell almost completely went away. Highly recommend trying these methods and thank you again, so much, for sharing.
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Were you able to find  cure for your son? I have been dealing with the exact same problem for about 10 years now. My allergist was not much of help. However, I found a supplement called 'quercetin with bromelain' that helps me get rid of this foul smell. I take two early in the AM 20 minutes before breakfast and two around noon before lunch, two days in a row and the smell is gone. However, this supplement acts as diuretic and it give me cramps. I prefer the cramps over this awful smell any day. But the problem is I cannot tell that I smell until someone points it out. This is a major issue.
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for temporary relief try 'quercetin with bromelain' a supplement available for allergies. I suffer from the very same problem periodically. Unfortunately I can't tell when I smell unless someone points it out to me. Its so embarrassing. When I produce this foul smell, I take two caps 20 minutes before the meal, twice or  three times a day and couple of days later the smell is gone. Beware, this supplement acts as diuretic, I do get cramps the second day for sure. Eventually it goes away.

Disclaimer: I am not part of any organization or company. The only reason it mentioned this supplement is because it works for me.
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I am having this "Sambar" smell (a type of indian dish made of lentils) which I would have smelt when I was 16 (I am now 36). then sometimes the smell changes to "Vibhoodi" (sacred ash which hindu monks smear on thier body to signify lord siva) which I would have not smelled for a long time (maybe 15 years ago)


This has been going on for 1.5 years, my wife dont know, like she does not understand.

BUt today, I used the Indian sandalwood bar soap, it has a very strong TFM and smell. Now the sambar smell has come back but now ugly.

I stopped eating dinner halfway because I could not bear.

I think it is something to do with the nervous system.
I will check with the doctor and update


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Please tell me what is Netti pots...
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I don't know if you guys use a humidifier or not. I bought mine a year ago when i got sick during the winter. Now a year later, I'm using it becuase I got the flu virus. I immediately changed all my air filters in the house (including the one inside the main unit). I started to feel better instantly, except for my nose. Now, after 3 days of using the humidifier, I noticed the same odor as everyone is experiencing. Like the after smell of rain or something moldy. I took my humidifier apart to clean it and noticed there was a lot of build up inside. I don't know if it was calcium deposits or what. But I took out the heating rods, dipped them in apple cider vinegar to loosen them up, and then physically had to rigorously scrape them off the rods. While scrapeing, i realized that these deposits turn into veryyyyyy fine dust. After cleaning and putting back the humidifier, i noticed my smell get REALLY strong. I don't know if I inhaled a lot of that while i was scrubbing it off. But it makes me thing that this stuff was inside the humidifer being mixed with the water, steamed, and released into the room this whole time. Now I could be a 100% wrong. But Apple cider vinegar did disolve or slowly break apart the build-up deposit. So I'm going to try the Apple cider vinegar sinus rinse and see if it works.
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Yesterday, I smelled poo and thought I had stepped in something. I changed my clothes and shrugged it off. Then I realized it wasn't on me...the smell was in my nose. I thought I was dying and went online to find the name of the terrible disease that was consuming me. Thankfully, I found this post!!!

I am not alone and not suffering from a rare disease - and not imagining this! Thank you, each one of you for posting!
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Also, like many posters here, I have a deviated septum and the same frustrating experiences of seeing doctor after doctor who were clueless about a diagnosis or offered any help at all (but still charged an arm and a leg for their "expertise").

I live in a nice part of the country but the MDs here are quacks or puppets of the big pharmaceutical companies.

I'm placing more faith in forums like this and natural products. Trying the apple cider vinegar right now!
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Im in the middle of a bout of Influenza A, I have chronic Asthma, and my breathing is an issue.  Today out of the blue my breathing got worse and I started smelling dirt, like right when it starts to rain in the dirt kind of a choking kind of smell like on the asphalt when it first starts to rain, kind of takes your breath away.  Right now I just have tissue shoved up both nostrils, lol, and it seems to help a bit but wow weird!
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I'm so glad i decided to check online about this chronic condition that my daughter has. For a long time now suffering from phlegm- went to ENT and he just dismissed it. since it 'wasnt such a bother i thought phlegm means getting rid of some infection and left it at that. But now and then i can smell this strong ink like smell. I bought a neti and asked her to use it to clean but she has been procrastinating. Now i will definitely make sure that she uses it everyday and also will make her do the ACV steam. Thank you all. I hope you guys also try these natural stuff and dont take too much of antibiotics.
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READ ALL! THIS IS A LIFE SAVER.

I describe the smell as mostly like Honey and in conjuction I also describe it as a mouldy socks/perfumey/old garbage can/landfill/dump/rot-like smell. A perfumey smell could also be described by some but I consider it more like the first ones I mentioned.

All of them have very similar scents and It's definitely a fungus type of smell.
It smells exactly like what my refrigerator smelled like after I moved into this apartment and the last tenants left it in a mess. The refrigerators
drip pan was full of greenish, yellowish growing mold/bacteria. It stayed active and moist because of the dripping from the pipe of the refrigerator
to release the excess condensation. If you have any mold/bacteria/dust in your home, even after any medications/irrigations/surgeries/antibiotics/ETC
to attempt to or successfully remove this infection, it will always come back and potentially worsten, if you do not REMOVE THE SOURCE OF WHAT'S
CAUSING IT. After 2 weeks of trying to find the smell, I finally discovered, with some help, that it was from my refrigerator. Any area with mold/moisture spores/bacteria,
you must neutralize the problem with Bleach, as it will kill all of these things. Once you have let the bleach work in ALL areas of the source, you then must wipe
it all entirely, with an clean but not needed towel or rag, and throw it away without it droping anywhere! You may think you neutralized and removed all of the source,
but if it is for hard to reach places, THINK TWICE! It only takes a bit of bacteria/mold/spores to survive and the problem will escalate again and again! They are very
active lifeforms, with a lot of energy to quickly multiply when the conditions are right for them to do so! Unplug your refrigerator before doing any of this:
Take only your food that was frozen or in the fridge which is contained in thick containers, such as glass, to another Refrigerator/Freezer.  Anything in thin cardboard/plastic/etc, THROW THE REST AWAY! Don't take any chances!

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For a refrigerator, make sure you wipe all around the compressor,
even where it is very hard to reach. Take a sponge with a container of mostly vinegar (2 cups to 1/2cup of water), less water, and a "load of baking soda", but pour it slowly at a time, so it doesn't
foam over, and pour it until you see a small layer of it at the bottom of the container. Also springle it on your sponge. It is also good to add a cap of bleach with that solution.

Clean every corner of that refrigerator with it, inside at out! For the inside, make sure you clean it with water, several times afterwards. Keep the doors open, with a fan blowing in it, if you want to speed
up the process. Change your drip pan to an entirely new one, throw the other one away and make sure it doesn't touch anything other than inside your garbage can. Use gloves to do this. Do not touch
door knobs, etc, with these gloves! Do not open the garbage can with these gloves, do not leave them resting on a counter or anything! Throw the gloves away by making sure the lid of the garbage can
is already open, or use your arm to do it, as hard as it may seem. These gloves are contaminated, and you must think about that at all times, which means you cannot touch anything with them,
without contaminating whatever you touch, especially yourself directly!

After around 8 hours of airing out your refrigerator/freezer, plug it in again. Depending on how powerful your fridge is, it can take around 3-4 hours or more to be fully useable again.
If you have trouble reaching behind the compressor, thoroughly pour bleach everywhere behind it, only when the fridge is unplugged! This will kill anything that has been growing behind it!
I hope some readers will be helped by this. If there's anywhere in your home you get a foul smell or someone elses home, for some people that specific smell that caused your fungal infection
will be the EXACT smell that you will smell in your nose, time and time again, for whatever time it takes for you to get rid of it, if ever.  You must address this source, whether the foul smell
is coming from your refrigerator OR ANYWHERE otherwise, whatever you use to relieve or cure your sinuses, will come back, and back again! If one of the sources is at your work, wear a mask!
If you enjoy the discomfort that sinus (fungal) infections causes for you, disregard everything I just said. I am here to help you, and it is better that you do it in the early stages, read all of this in the
early stages, before going through all kinds of complications and other medical problems after it has been prolonged! Most doctors, as stated below, will not provide you will all of this information, and
I may make a video about it and suggest it to doctors to provide it in a booklet for anyone who has accute/chronic and reoccuring sinus conditions. This informations should also be presented to people
who have only simple allergies, before it amounts to some of what I've read in here. My condition in my opinion and in comparisons, is only accute right now as I write this but you don't want to have
to go through surgery(ies) or anti-biotics, ultimately, you want to address this before having to resort to that! Neutralize and Remove the source which TRIGGERS your sinus problems asap, and THEN
address your sinus problems OR ultimately, address both the outer source AND your inner sinuses at the same time!
I hope you all appreciate this wealth of informations, as I haven't seen anyone here present it all, yet.

Others in relation said: VERY IMPORTANT AS WELL:
I had something similar to that except it only seemed to be noticeable when I put saline spray in my nose. The smell was kind of like moldy socks.

I've been through a lot of trouble with my sinuses too. Surgery and such, treatment for allergies, but didn't get much improvement until I treated myself for a fungal infection.
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I've read over some of these comments(too many to read all) and there are some helpful tips here, but the only problem is; I don't smell mine from spraying any saline sprays, deodorant, etc., and I don't really see anyone on here describing their nasal problems who have the same cause as to how they initially smell it(what triggers it in the first place) and that worries me even more. the only time I smell it is when I bend down. not every single time I bend down, but it's especially bad if i'm working/moving around a lot. it gets worse when it gets warmer out, but I can smell it all winter long as well. i'm very confused by this, it's been happening for almost 3 years now. the best way to describe the smell is a wet dog-type smell. it's very gross and i'm kind of worried I have some sort of medical issue. can't afford to see a doctor so I was hoping maybe there was ANYBODY who could at least tell me i'm not physically sick in some way. please help.
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I have read a lot of these comments from the start, and everyone's problem is the same, but with small differences. I also have the smell mostly when I bend down.  To me, it smells like post nasal drip that is trapped somewhere.  I also hear clicking in my head and the back of my nose like you get when you are congested.  I've always had a propensity for sinus troubles and infections.  I had a very bad infection in 2013, and sometimes I feel like it stems from that.  BUT, in addition to this icky smell, I have figured out that I have hyposmia (limited smell ability)  I could always smell flowers, rain, dirt, my husband's lovely smell and now - NOTHING.  I can smell spices on some days, not on others.  Very strong lotions, salsa, things like that, but the intensity varies from day to day.Can't smell the cat litter anymore, but I actually wish I could!! I haven't had a head injury, and I've had a CT Scan and MRI which shows now major sinus trouble or brain tumors. SO, the doctors say it could be a prerequisite to either Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.  The Mayo Clinic says it could be a result of just general aging - starting at 60.  I'm 56.  So, I've lost 3/4 of my sense of smell, but I get to smell this rotten smell at least a couple times a day or more.  I'm still at a loss.  Basically, I've heard that my sense of smell will either come back or it won't.  Nothing seems to help get it back or get rid of the weird smell, but you all have given me a few ideas.  I'm going to try zinc and a few more herbal things and really hit the neti pot. Also a humidifier.  I wish you all good luck with this problem! :)
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I had the smoke smell sensation for a number of years. Taking zyrtec would help a little. I started taking magnesium and that helped even more. I didn't smell smoke anymore. I forgot about it. Then I read some good things about vitamin k2, and that cheese, natto and grass-fed dairy are good sources for k2. I thought, okay, I'll try eating some grass-fed butter. I'm not much of a butter person, but it's in a lot of things like cookies and goods from the bakery. In any case, I started using it every day on toast or waffles and that funky smoke smell returned. I quit butter all together, and it's been about 3 weeks and the dreaded smoke smell is gone again. Butter and me just don't get along.
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Hi, did you ever get that checked out? I have been experiencing the same fume like smell and taste. I'm a cook and it is really turning my world upside down! I have sleep apnea and use a machine with a humidifier. I ran it dry last week and I'm thinking the dry air must have messed with my sinus. All I know is that everything smells the same and taste weird. I've been trying to figure out the smell and I think the description of car fumes was dead on.
I'm not having mucus or drip or throat problems. I'm just dealing with this scent that will not go away.
Any tips would be awesome.
Thank you  
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I have this sinus smell thing going on.  Mine started about a week after I had a molar pulled in the top of my mouth.  I remember my Dentist commenting that my gums were communicating with my sinuses after she pulled the tooth.  I have a lot of sinus preassure also, and the smell usually shows up when I bend over or am laying down.  Sometimes burns.  Sometimes smells like smoke, and sometimes weird like old blood or something.  Freakin gross I've tried saline solution for about a month, not much help.
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I know Im late and this is an old post but try zink cream, the diaper rash cream, instread of deodorant. It does not stop sweating, just neutralize odors without adding any strong smells of its own. Aluminium in anti perspirant deos are found in concentrations in cancercells and at large in the brain of alzheimer patients. It absorbed into the skin and goes straight trough the blood- brain barrier.Cancer patients are given a list from their doc that tells them what to stay away from and anti per. Deo is on top of this list. A friend of mine had cancer. Zink is something that your body needs and is a usual deficiency esp. If you have copper pipes leading your tap water. Because copper alleviates zink.
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http://www.everydayhealth.com/ear-nose-throat/fungal-sinusitis.aspx  
I have been obsessed in researching this topic since recently expectorating 3 green masses. All came about a week apart. Two of them came out through my mouth from throat area behind my nose. The most recent I measured 3mm in length and 1.5mm wide.  I kept in a baggy for testing.  I suddenly felt like I had food lodged up at the top of my nose. (Sometimes laughing while eating I've had bits of food come out my nose). Trying to blow my nose like normal...caused it to move but remain stuck...then proceeded to plug opposite nostril to blow just that side.  The mass shot out!  This was painful after!  I was concerned after the first mass I gagged out 2 weeks prior...but tried to brush off and didn't want to worry or worry anyone around me.  I took a picture of it but disposed in trash.  It all started exactly a year ago after a cruise that I had went snorkeling in Mexico and Hondurous. About 2-3 weeks after returning home I began having smells. At first thought my feet were smelly.  After asking family if they smelt this I figured out it was coming from within my own body. It came and went for months. I just had my top back molar pulled, which had been infected and treated 3 different times with antibiotics over the course of 5 months. (I had to put off going to dentist because of expense and no dental insurance.) it was the following week sometime that I expelled the first mucus ball/ fungus ball.  I am now in the month between health coverage change and am without until February or March.  (Messed up on enrollment). Therefore am digging for answers.  The link above is just one that explains and nailed my symptoms!  My question is... All these sites say fungus balls are surgically removed...and none measured as large as mine...how and why did mine come out?!! All three were different colors. Last one is seriously worrisome...bright green with a blue hue to it...like there was food coloring mixed in its so bright.  I understand green but not a blue green.  First one being more white, clear, yellow and shaped like a live organism from ocean or space(haha).  But really, tinical shapes branching off main mass which is very dense and texture of semi-dry jello mixed with play dough.  Hard to explain...just solid, sticky, and large!! I hope this helps maybe get a start on figuring out a direction for you all to give to doctors. I'm amazed what gross stuff comes from our bodies.  Good luck!
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I have had a bad smell up my nose for years.  Also awful sour taste in The mouth. The smell up the nose is sometimes worse when I'm cooking. If I open the oven door when cooking and smell it seems to me twice as bad.  It is just getting me down. Been to ENT and they told me to rinse my nose out with salt and bicarbonate soda.  No help whatsoever.  Any help please would be really appreciated.  Thanks
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In 1994, after having bilateral sinus surgery, I was told that I could attribute that sticky mucus & sickening sweet smell I had been experiencing while sick with sinus problems for over 2 years, to a very bad strep infection & A STAPH INFECTION. Currently, I've had a bad head cold for over a month with this sticky mucus, and now the sweet smell again. I'm currently on 10 days of AUGMENTIN; I hope it works.
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I have had this weird smell in my nose the past year and it won't go away, seems to be getting worse in fact. I used Vicks in my nose for years and years and I'm wondering if that is the reason, I have never had allergies or nasal issues. Really hoping this goes away it really is depressing me, I can still smell other things but not very good because of this strange smell that won't go away.
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Trust me I know the feeling Dr said mine was sinus related but I never had this b4 they ruled out a brain tumor so it could be other things sinus related. The body can be a mystery a symptom can be the beginning of the end or pass suddenly or a life long disability that needs to be accepted. Most Dr work can be guess work as they are not God. I get well try this, see if this works, test for that, my guess would be. So let's hope it goes away ! Go to ENT they have different guess work but sometimes if it's clear cut problem they can solve it. My nose feels like it in a smoky bar. Out of the blue
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For 2-3 months I have been experiencing a similar thing. I cannot taste much and a CT scan shows my sinuses are totally clear. My wierd smell is brought on by foul odors.I can smell sweet things, but have to breathe deeply. But foul smells; garbage, dog and human excrement and urine, manure, body odor, etc. I get a strong sweet smell in my nose, kind of like burned Caramel. I admit, not a terrible smell in place of foul odors, but also not normal. I miss my sense of taste the most. Anyone gotten some answers?
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I got the flu in December of 2015. It was bad, and I was in bed for almost two weeks and then started to feel better. Of course, I got the usual "sick smell" that comes with the flu or a bad cold, and couldn't smell much. Once I started feeling better I took a turn for the worse, and got sick again for another couple of weeks. I think I initially had the flu, which started clearing up only to be replaced by pneumonia. Coughed for days until my whole abdomen was screaming in pain. Two weeks or so later, in about mid January I started getting back to normal, except for my sense of smell. I still had the sick smell. Around April I went to the doctor thinking I had a chronic case of sinusitis. He put me on 14 days of Augmentin, which did absolutely nothing except make my gut lash out at me for killing off all of the flora. Fast forward to now, I still have this sick smell from the moment I wake up till I go to bed. I have been using a Navage sinus rinse device with salt packets, and it makes me feel as bit better. I've used Alcolol, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, and garlic juice, all to no avail. I've been using Johnson's Baby Shampoo (1 teaspoon) in my Navage every night to try to break through any potential biofilm in my sinuses and at first, it was great smelling the fresh shampoo smell. After a couple of  weeks though, this went away and I am pretty much smelling nothing much again. I know my sense of smell is intact, because there are times when my smell almost seems normal. Early this spring I was in the yard and smelled fresh cut grass and scented plants. It was great. Unfortunately that lasted for a day or two and then the sick smell returned. I will continue to use my Navage with baby shampoo, as I've noticed that my nose is running quite a bit lately, and this never happened before I started the baby shampoo. Maybe a biofilm was flushed out enough to open up a passageway and it's now draining on a daily basis. I've read that the flu can damage your smell and it can take years for it to regenerate. Its been two and a half years now, and I am tired of it. If it eventually clears up I'll be sure to update.
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