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What causes strange smells in nose and difficulty in coughing?

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Posted on Mon, 4 Jul 2016
Question: i am experiencing strange smells that are similar to being around someone smoking. it is strongest when i am lying on my back. i had a difficult cough over the last week, but the smells have been for the past 5 days
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
need more information

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I am Dr Mittal.
I have read your message.
I think I can help you.
Howeve, i need more information.
Did you have prior episodes of such symptoms?
Any periods of memory loss/seizures?
Any prior cough or cold?
What exactly do you mean- difficult cough?
Any headache?
Let me know the response to the above,so I may be able to help you further.
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal (7 minutes later)
Never before and no seizures, headaches or memory loss. My cough was from congestion in my lungs. It made it difficult to cough up the congestion.the smells are strong at times and then nonexistent.
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Possible sinusitis

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your response.
In view of the above history, I am pretty sure that you are probably developing nasopharyngeal infection or sinusitis.
What medicines did you take?
Let me know the response to the above,so I may be able to help you further.
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saumya Mittal (20 minutes later)
Lipitor, two blood pressure medicines and prilosec
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
My suggestions

Detailed Answer:
Right.
So you took nothing for the cough.
I would suggest testing with chest x ray, x ray PNS water's view, Sputum culture, CBC and FBS (blood test).
I would recommend meeting a ENT specialist to look for nasopharyngeal infection.
Meanwhile, start-
1. Steam inhalation 4 times a day.
2. Warm saline gargles 4 times a day.
3 Plenty of fluids.
4. Multivitamins once a day.
Regular medications to continue.
You will need to meet a physician to start antibiotics as per the local sensitivity of the area.
I have made it as simple as possible.
You may feel free to contact us for more information.
Best of luck,
Dr Mittal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: need more information Detailed Answer: Hi I am Dr Mittal. I have read your message. I think I can help you. Howeve, i need more information. Did you have prior episodes of such symptoms? Any periods of memory loss/seizures? Any prior cough or cold? What exactly do you mean- difficult cough? Any headache? Let me know the response to the above,so I may be able to help you further. Dr Mittal