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Hopefully this will go away soon but if not you should see an ENT doctor (otolaryngologist).
The condition is called phantosmia. It is not "normal", but it is a named medical condition.
It is usually caused by some sort of trauma or a sinus infection or other upper respiratory illness. Tumors are another possible cause, but not always. Exhaust is not a typical odor to experience, but burning wood is very normal. Exhaust is a close smell. You should see an ENT to rule out any serious problems.
I thought I was crazy....lol.......I have been smelling exhaust fumes in my room for the last 2 hours and I've had a headache with a sore throat coming on and I'm very tired. I do smoke, but, have been over-sensitive to smells since my car accident Nov 2005 which caused a bad flare up of my CFS/ME. I'm afraid to sleep cuz I think there is a carbon monoxide in the house I live in. The guy who owns the house has old appliances & hasn't changed the furnace filter for 3 or 4 years, plus, the furnace he was told Oct 2006 needed to be replaced but he refused to do so. So, I don't know if my smelling exhaust fumes is sinus, tumor or actually a carbon monoxide leak. Anyone have any theories?
Originally posted by tpg47
For the past few days , no matter where I go , I have been constantly smelling car exhaust fumes .
It is really starting to irritate me . I smell it at home ( I don't live near heavy traffic ) , I smell it at work too.
Has anybody on ATS experienced something similar ?
PAROSMIA: ... Any disorder or perversion of the sense of smell, especially a perception of nonexistent odors