Do you mean to say that there is no possibility of smoke after smell in the AC or blowers in the car and at home?
There is a possibility that the smoke is already present there. Then there is perhaps the need to get the AC cleaned out in both of these places.
However, if no on else feels that there is any smoke at these places, there might be some other trigger here which is associated with cigarette smoke which is triggering this reaction in your mind and tells your body that there is smoke when actually there is none. This may happen due to Association of one stimuli with another response.
I think you should first get these places checked for any smells and get it cleaned out, cigarette smoke may be retained in the furnishings and linen.
Thereafter we may consider any other treatment for you.
let me know if this helped.
There is no smoke in the air vents or around the house. It is someting within us. You are not alone.
I understand exactly what you are going thru. I have the same exact problem. I'm going on 3 months now. Sometimes I find myself taking little shallow breaths of air to avoid the full impact of the smoke smell.
In search for some relief I had found that the carbon dioxide that we expel during our breathing cycle is definitely an immediate relief for me from the smokey smell. I find myself just raising the neck potion of the shirt or t-shirt I'm wearing right over my nose and continue to breathe normally. I do the same with the bed sheet when I go to bed. I just lay it over my nose and mouth and breathe. And even after I remove the shirt or the sheet, I am smoke free for a while. The carbon dioxide stops the smell for me. I'm going to guess that if you use a paper mask (like a dust mask), poke a few holes in it for a little exchange air, it will work just the same. It works , it really does.
This may or may not work for you as some other member found it did not work for them.
But there's more, I went to the Dr this week and very hessitantly brought the subject up if he knew what Phantosmia was. Not immediately but did not look at me like if I had 2 heads and a tail. Anyway, he asked if I suffered from acid reflux and I said yes, sometimes. He said that acid reflux does not always presents itself as a gulp of acid rushing up your throat. It can be non symptomatic. He gave me some medication and said if that did not take care of the problem he'd send me for am MRI to rule out anything serious.
And another thing. I am a Paxil user.I've been on Paxil for over 12 years I recently started to reduce the amount of Paxil that I take from 5mg a day to 5mg every other day. The smokey episodes have decresed but not totaly gone.
Keep me posted
This happens to me all the time too ~ I feel like someone is actually sitting beside me, smoking a cigarrete right into my face. I am a non-smoker and so is the rest of my family. Sometimes the smell is so strong I feel like my chest is heavy with smoke and my eyes are a little foggy I really hate it. After reading through some blogs, I'm happy to see there are others have have experienced this so I don't feel crazy, but I'm surprised there are no one has any real answers to what this is.
You could be having sinusitis or rhinitis which could be allergic in nature. Do you have associated symptoms of cough, wheeze, breathlessness, post nasal drip etc?
You should try steam inhalation, saline nasal drops and oral antihistamine medications for your complaints and see if it helps with the symptoms.
You should see your doctor and get a clinical examination for a diagnosis and to evaluate if any investigations are required including blood tests, chest xray and CT scan of the sinuses.
Are you allergic to any specific substances or have had allergic reactions in the past? Are you on any medications currently?
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Let us now about how you are doing and if you have any other doubts.
I have experienced the same sensation of smelling cigarette smoke intermittently over a number of years. It generally occurs, or is enhanced, when I am tired or very sleepy. At first I attributed it to being out with people who were smoking and that there were particles lingering in the hairs in my nose, but it happens when I have not left my apartment and stayed up too late.
Nice to know I'm not the only one, but the answers offered seem to pander a bit.
This also possible because of the ability of the brain to associate different stimuli and then combine various responses to it. In your case, association with various agents in smoking, sensitized the body and therefore interaction with even one of the various components that make up the smoke may have induced this sensation of smoke around you.
Hope this will help you understand the cause of this strange sensation.