Prolonged odor hallucinations after using perfume or alcohol


Q: Some time after smelling a perfume-cologne (probably includes alcohol, mostly lemon cologne but normal perfumes trigger too) I usually start smelling a particular unpleasant odor (I don't really know how to describe the odor, but it's sure unpleasant).

It lasts for days or weeks and suddenly wears off. It's always like seizures, comes and goes but too often (like every 1-2 minute or so, and stays constantly for some more time). I am having this problem since I was a child. I don't think I always had this problem but I don't remeber when it started.

Also, it sometimes happens after drinking alcoholic drinks. The odor can be different from the odor I get from smelling perfume (This is unpleasant too).

I was searching for this problem's solution but the only thing I found is phantosmia according to symptoms. But my cause doesn't even make sense. I went to an otolaryngologist about this problem, he suspected of a brain tumor but after inspections no tumor has been found, so my case is still unsolved.

This is really annoying because I don't have the choice to avoid people using perfumes all the time. I can't always tell people to not spray-pour perfumes near me. I sometimes just tell them I'm allergic. I'm having this discomfort too often. I feel myself really bad when I'm in this condition. I don't even know if I'm hallucinating this smell or I'm really smelling something synthesized in my body.

Is there some type of specialist I can go or some kind of medicine I can take for this problem? I tried using antihistamines but I don't thinks it's helping.


A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Hello doctor I'm living in a very seasonal allergic pollotion city. Last month, I started getting there infections...

Q: I have been scheduled for a drug allergy challenge involving acetaminophen. The center will not have a physician in ...

Q: Hi There, I am an alcoholic. I have been drinking for years heavily (vodka) and then switched to wine to try to tamp...

Q: I am very allergic to shrimp. When a reaction starts I have a severe headache and am nausated and throw up 6-8 hours

Q: I have gotten bites yesterday by a bug that I don't know and where i have the bite there is a huge tender to the touc...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon