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Forum Name: Headaches

Question: phantom cigarrette smell causes headaches ect


 cryssy09 - Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:56 pm

so a few days ago i was around people who smoke so maybe this is what brought this on but...

i have this disgusting cigarrette smell stuck in my nose and throat. it causes me to feel physically ill i.e. headache, nausea, and i even got lightheaded and dizzy pretty much out of the blue earlier today. i couldnt find Otolaryngology on this site, so since headache is a symptom i suppose this is as close to the proper forum as i can get.

anyhow, im really curious as to what could be causing this, especially since its been days since ive been exposed to any kind of smoke...
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:59 am

User avatar Hello,Smelling anything that is not in the environment is known as phantosmia.Upper respiratory infections,allergies,zinc deficiency,temporal lobe epilepsy,migraine,schizophrenia,sinusitis all could cause such symptoms .Aura of a migraine head ache,and sinusitis could be related to your symptoms.An ENT examination would be essential for you.
Best wishes.

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