Olfactory Disturbances In Active Smokers?

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I want to ask I am an active smoker but suddenly suddenly when I smoke, the smell of cigarettes suddenly becomes strange like bad and indeed for several days I have had a bad cold but from yesterday2 I was just smoking just today it happened, is there any connection? thanks.

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Hi muhammadeustass,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

If you are currently experiencing a severe cold, then the smell disorder that causes you to feel bad smells, including when you inhale the smell of cigarettes, is probably due to rhinosinusitis, which is inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses. This condition can indeed be triggered one of them by smoking habits.


Rhinosinusitis can occur acutely or chronically. If your flu has occurred for less than 12 weeks, this condition can be classified as acute rhinosinusitis. Rhinosinusitis itself occurs when mucus production in the nasal cavity and sinuses increases, the most common cause is a viral or bacterial infection. Apart from smoking, people who have allergic rhinitis, nasal septal deviation, or also suffer from certain diseases (for example cystic fibrosis, HIV / AIDS) are also more prone to developing this disease.


Rhinosinusitis can cause sufferers to experience flu-like symptoms, namely a stuffy or runny nose. The nose of the sufferer will usually produce a thick, yellowish or greenish discharge, which is often swallowed up into the throat. Rhinosinusitis sufferers can also experience pain in the head area (especially the face), smell disorders, easy nosebleeds, bad breath, fever, taste disturbances, jaw and tooth pain, cough, ear pain, and so on.


Apart from being a result of rhinosinusitis, you can also experience the smell of smell due to other factors, including nasal polyps, nasal cavity tumors, a history of inhaling dangerous chemical substances, head injuries, hypothyroidism, diabetes, radiation exposure, drug side effects, viral or bacterial infections other, psychosomatic disorders, and so on.


If the new complaint is felt for less than 3 days, you can first do the following efforts to resolve it:

Stay away from smoking
Stay away from exposure to substances that can trigger allergies, for example cold, dust, animal hair, pollen
Also stay away from exposure to hazardous chemicals, radiation, or indiscriminate drugs
Increase the consumption of foods rich in vitamin C
Don't scrape your nose too often or blow your nose too hard
Avoid overuse of decongestants
Use a nose mask when in a polluted environment and smells strong
Get plenty of rest and drink warm water

However, if the steps above have not succeeded in overcoming your complaint, do not hesitate to go to an ENT specialist (ear, nose and throat) to get further management.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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