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Phantosmia is a condition that causes you to smell odors that aren’t actually present. When this happens, it’s sometimes called an olfactory hallucination.
The types of odors people smell vary from person to person. Some might notice the odor in just one nostril, while others have it in both. The odor may come and go, or it may be constant.
Phantosmia has been described as a sense of smell without a true stimulating odor and not been reported with COVID-19 disease. Nine patients admitted to Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Clinic with complaints of a phantom smell sense after an average of 33.5 ± 9.5 days after the initial PCR diagnosis. According to the Sniffin 'Sticks test, phantosmia was associated with objective hyposmia in three patients with the persistent phantom smell, and other six patients were detected normosmic. Phantosmia or olfactory hallucinations have not been previously associated with COVID-19 disease.
originally posted by: LordAhriman
My daughter had covid back in November. She compete lost all sense of taste and smell for about a month, and has been experiencing these phantom odors ever since. Almost 6 months later, and she's still experiencing it.
originally posted by: Silcone Synapse
a reply to: Trueman
Can you smell regular smells as ususal as well as the phantom smells?
I mean-does coffee/gasoline/flowers still smell "normal" ?
Just wondering,because if regular smells smell different to you-you should find out what burning wood/plastic smells like to you now-just in case there is a fire in your house so you know what to look out for(smell out for).
What worried me about people who lose their sense of smell was not being able to detect such things as a fire/gas leak-as the smell is often the first warning you need to act/run.
originally posted by: Trueman
a reply to: underwerks
I believe it's time to accept the possibility that this virus changed some of us permanently and we might find more changes in the future.
I'm not planning to have more children. I think soon I will need to find a less physically demanding job if breathing doesn't come back 100% too.