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What causes smell of bleach stuck in nose? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Apr-2014
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User:What does it mean if you smell bleach all the time acompanied by nausea,headache pressure in front of head for the past 3 days now she is only 17years old.
Doctor:Hi
Doctor:
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:Does she have similar complaints in the past? or for the first time
User:This is the first time
Doctor:When did it occur, was it sudden or gradual
User:All these things together
User:She just told me yesterday but Saturday she said she started smelling the bleach
Doctor:History of allergies?
User:No
Doctor:Any frequent headaches
Doctor:without smell of bleach
User:Only around her period she may get one.but not all the time
Doctor:When was the last period?
Doctor:Did you give her medicine?
User:Feb 19.
Doctor:If she still has headache with nausea, she should better take TYLENOL DS and should be relieved
Doctor:It is a cyclical process, nausea can cause headache and headache can inturn nausea
Doctor:To stop this you should give her medicine
Doctor:Second, these kind of symptoms are common in migraine headache
Doctor:but with only one episode you cannot label it now
Doctor:Dehydration, caffeine intoxication can cause these symptoms
User:But that bleach smell.
Doctor:So it is good to give as much water as possible
User:And if she is still complaining the next day then what
Doctor:Enquire if she was exposed to any chemical/bleach prior this
User:Ok
Doctor:In migraine with aura, even if there is no exposure, there can be unusual smells like that of bleach
Doctor:I think we will not be able to pin point an organic cause about smell of bleach
Doctor:A lot of times other chemicals, solvents, cleaning agents give this kind of smell
Doctor:If you are not exposed to them, the next thing is the other symptoms are to be considered
User:I just don't want her to have the same experience as me. I her mother had a history of migraines and i started smelling bleach and smoke and having auras with nausea. I had i tumor. So i don't know
Doctor:Oh ok, migraines can pass to generations
Doctor:So it should be in the list of suspicion
User:And i have given her the medicine but today she woke up the same way.
Doctor:Ok so migraines are in clusters
User:Do i consider taking her to ENT
Doctor:You find them disturbing for 3 days to one week even after taking medicine
Doctor:Yeah you can check with ENT and find
Doctor:local causes like allergies, sinusitis
Doctor:Did you follow what I said? Can you summarize our discussion?
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