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I keep smelling what seems to be exhaust fumes. Usually ...

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I keep smelling what seems to be exhaust fumes. Usually followed by nausea and headaches. I am not around any vehicles and it persists regardless of my location
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 9 years ago.

Hi Jim,

You have what's clinically called an:

Olfactory Nerve Disorder: this means that something has affected the main nerve responsible for "smell"...which is why you keep smelling 'exhaust fumes'.

Here's a link:

Here are some possible causes: [I believe the nausea & headaches are related too]

  • (Internal) Sinus infection
  • Sinus or nasal polyp
  • Intracranial cyst or tumor [impinging on Olfact. nerve]
  • Exposure injury to Olfact. nerve

I strongly advise that you make an appt for a detailed exam by a Neurologist; he will probably order some tests [eg head CT or MRI scan] to help establish the correct Dx, and then start you on the approp therapy.

Good luck.

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