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Date : 09-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Afternoon
User:Good Afternoon Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I have some weird smell in my nose
User:it is not frequent
User:its like smelling ammonia or some raw flesh
User:it's there for few months now
User:but not that frequent
User:only few days ago i started smelling this once or twice in a day
User:can you suggest/
Doctor:May I know your age?
Doctor:Do you have sinus problems?
User:but can you explain symptoms of sinus?
Doctor:Are you having any allergies?
User:no i have no allergies
User:but i do have gastric problem
User:i thought it could due to gastric gases that i might be smelling like this...
Doctor:Sinusitis usually shows with recurrent headaches and nasal blockage.
User:ok, then i have no sinus problem
Doctor:Are you getting the smell from the nose itself or from any other body parts?
User:only nose
User:that too only deep inside
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Usually altered sense of smell occurs when there is chronic sinusitis or allergies.
Doctor:They can indicate infection within the nose, if you have other signs of infection such as pain, fever etc.
Doctor:Once it is confirmed that there is no infection or cause in the nose,
Doctor:we can assume that it is occurring from some other part of the body.
Doctor:The most probable cause for an ammoniac smell is from sweat.
User:someother part of the body from inside which is reaching my nose?
Doctor:No, the smell cannot come through inside.
User:what if i have some infection in my ear? do i get smell through to my nose?
User:i also have loss of balance problem
User:mild version of vertigo
User:i feel it almost every day 2-3 times...
Doctor:That is possible. Do you have any pain or discharge from your ear?
User:and right ear is feels really sensitive
User:i don't have any discharge
Doctor:Have you got it evaluated by an ENT Doctor?
User:but i feel very sensitive
User:i literally cant hear any mildly loud sounds with my right year
User:even the whistle of a pressure cooker rings in my right ear
User:after consulting one of my friend who is a doctor
User:she said, there could be some infection which is causing this... and might be the same reason behind loss of balance too
User:after i read more about vertigo, it made some sense
User:do you think it's possible that, if there is some infection in my ear, that could be leading to this smell?
Doctor:I will explain.
User:great doctor, that really gives me lot of relief
Doctor:There is a connection between the middle cavity of the ear and the throat.
User:because i read somewhere about some scary stuff around smell of ammonia
User:that we need to rule out the possibility of brain tumor....
User:that really scared me...
Doctor:If there is infection in the middle cavity, that can be a cause for an altered smell.
Doctor:Please do not get scared.
Doctor:Internet though gives a lot of information, it gives a lot of false information too.
Doctor:So, there are certain things you can do.
Doctor:Are you following me?
User:sure, please suggest
Doctor:1. Consult an ENT surgeon to see, if there is any infection in the Ear, Nose or Throat.
Doctor:2. Drink only warm or hot water.
Doctor:3. Gargle your throat with warm water containing salt in it.
Doctor:4. Avoid dusty environment.
User:sure doctor
User:thank you a lot
Doctor:Once you consult an ENT doctor, he/she will be able to diagnose/rule out if any problem is there.
Doctor:So, relax and have a good time.
User:i will definitely follow your suggestions
User:thanks again
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Do you have any other queries?
User:no doc, i am fine, thank you...
Doctor:Thank you.
Doctor:Have a good day.
User:same to you...
Doctor:Bye for now.
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