you could have a blockage up your nose or you are very sensitive to smell. you could also have a fungal or another type of infection
See my post Jan.5,2011 to historymama, in the allergy section.
Very similar to your issue.
Should you have any further questions, please post again.
Smelling exhaust fumes or smoke can be present in certain conditions and it is termed as Parosmia (abhorrent odor perception). It is usually associated with rhinosinusitis, head trauma, viral infection, or oral problems.
It frequently disappears with successful treatment of the above mentioned conditions.
Apart from treatment of the cause or in conditions wherein the cause remains unknown, in such conditions Anti seizure or anti epileptic medication like clonazepam against prescription is sometimes helpful esp. in persistent cases.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
I found the cause of me smelling smoke is dicalcium phosphate. It's aka's are:
dibasic calcium phosphate
calcium monohydrogen phosphate
Related compounds are:
It's in a lot of packaged foods, just a small list is wheat tortillas, soy milk, almond milk, cereal, fiber bars, bread, english muffins, cottage cheese, flavored creamers, tartar sauce, crackers...the list is huge.
Please know that its not in all brands of what I listed, and that this is a very small list!
It's also in medicine...I think maybe they use it as a filler? So look at vitamins and supplements.
I found that it takes a couple of days of eating one or more of these things before I start smelling smoke. (sometimes I don't check the ingredient list, and don't realize until I smell smoke) So, it also takes a few days after I stop eating whatever it was in, for the smell to go completely away.
I hope this is it for you. It's easy enough to "cure", and free to boot! If you find this is what caused you to smell smoke, please please pass this on! I'm reading about all this testing people are having to go through, and spend money on. Of course, if this isn't it, I hope then, that you find what cause yours.
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.