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ammonia smell in your nose

what does it mean when i take a breath through my nose and it smells like ammonia sometimes. it has gone on for years but it never really clicked in my head to ask the PCP about it
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Just saw on 'Untold Stories of the ER', could be a sign that liver / kidneys are shutting down and is 'quite troubling' per the ER room doctor's diagnosis. Can also be caused by an overdose of migraine meds - which can cause too much ammonia build up. It's important you get help asap if you think you might be smelling ammonia/mothballs on your breath. Hope all is/was ok!
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Just saw on 'Untold Stories of the ER', could be a sign that liver / kidneys are shutting down and is 'quite troubling' per the ER room doctor's diagnosis. Can also be caused by an overdose of migraine meds - which can cause too much ammonia build up. It's important you get help asap if you think you might be smelling ammonia/mothballs on your breath. Hope all is/was ok!
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