For the past six months, on and off I will smell burning hair for about a minute. It's happened about 5 or 6 times in total. When this happens, no one else around me smells it. I'm hesitant to think it's an oncoming stroke or anything of that sort because I'm only 30 years old and in excellent health otherwise. Any ideas? I've made an appointment with a neurologist but thought I'd post and hopefully get some alternate feedback. It's making me a bit anxious.
These olfactory sensations are really hard to evaluate and I believe that the neurologist consult is warranted. Off hand, this could just be due to some abberations in the olfactory bulbs (the nerves inside your nose) which could really be of no medical significance. There can also be complex conditions behind this such as vascular problems with the brain, though I believe you are indeed too young to have such.
I sure hope that your neurologist consult will be fruitful, though I won't be surprised if no obvious cause will be determined. Wishing you all the best. Regards and God bless.
I also smell burning hair. I am a 43 year old female in good health, I smell it in the middle of the night or in early morning. about 3 months apart. You are not alone. I think I am going to mention it to my PCP.
I noticed it, got a doctor to tell me about it with blood tests.
What i noticed:
Hair burning smell (6 months)
runny nose, (1 month)
occasional shooting pains in head/brain (particularly when i read how this could be related to a seizure on some forum)-1-2 times a month
what doctor said:
lets do a blood test!
what he found out:
High CO emissions.
Result: as it turns out, i have been in area's (house/car/smoking) that has high emissions of carbon monoxide.
Ask yourself the questions: have you recently had your ventilation system done/fixed in your house? Do you smoke ? what about weed? know where i can get some? just joking...
So all the things that can increase CO can cause this. Get a CO smoke detector. I am going to be retested in 2 days.
I am 30 yr old male, have smoked for 10 yrs constantly.
6'1 - 210 lbs
(just giving you numbers to compare with)
This does not rule out other complicated things that are happening, i plan on seeing other doctors about it and see what they have to say. you should do the same! (and post your findings..)
This sensation is still there (been 5 months now).
I have stopped smoking for 20 days, and it comes and goes.
Now i suspsect that my nose is still healing, or if its more serious that its something in my brain (neurological issue).
I trully think though its a simple matter of olfactory nerve damage. This is the item in nose that is reponsible for sensing smell. It smells burnt **** that means its getting the wrong message or due to so much smoke going there in the past, there is left over residue of burnt ****. none the less i will see what happens after 1 yr.
As for you: go through similar steps, if you smoke STOP! how? go get yourself bronchitos or some temp lung diseas that makes it impossible to smoke. that will help u quit if anything will i think..
it is start like losing smells sensation generally , like perfume or sweat of my body i stop feeling , and 2 month later this horrible burning sensation also start slowly and develop strong what worries me now. GP doctor has just ignore my complines .
I would consult a neurologist to be certain. I've been reading about brain tumors and noticed a symptom is smelling things that are not there. I am not a Dr or a medical professional at all, but to be safe, if I were you, I would certainly consult a Dr about this.
Hi! Since the post was from 2008, I was wondering how you've been since then? I too have been experiencing the same so it would be great if you could let us know if anything has happened to you medically.
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