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Smelling a scent that is not there

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: May 25, 2021 12:56 PM

Anonymous 2 months

I am a woman in my 20s and I have been experiencing a condition where I smell smoke or something burning even though the scent is not actually there. Previously, I had experienced this for 4 months (November until February) then it suddenly disappeared. For the last few days, I have been experiencing this again.

Is this a cause of concern? Should I be worried?

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 2 months
General Practitioner

Hello, thank you for reaching out to us.

We understand the problem you are currently experiencing. Based on your statement, there are several reasons that can cause you to experience such problems, such as:

  • Previous injury to the head that causes disturbance
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal polyp
  • Cold or flu
  • Allergy
  • Medication side effect
  • Olfactory hallucination

This is just our general description of your problem. However, we are unable to address the actual cause as more information is needed. We recommend that you see a doctor so that an examination can be done and treatment can be given to you.

If you have further questions, please contact us at (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctor in person. Thank you.

Last Updated: Tue May 25 2021 12:56:18 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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