• Smell sensitivity

    Asked by lizrose on Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Smell sensitivity

    Since chemo (almost 9 years ago) I have had a highly sensitive sense of smell, particularly in response to synthetic fragrances (fabric softener is pure, undiluted evil).
    I'm just wondering if anybody out there has had a similar experience?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Tracy's Avatar

      I am also very sensitive to smells, particularly perfumes. I cannot blame chemo since I did not have it, but I do have a history of migraines. The sense of smell is really complex, I lose that sense if my thyroid dose is off. I have learned to let people know to be perfume free around me but there is not much you can do about the world in general. I don't know if this helps you, but you are not alone - Tracy

      almost 7 years ago
    • dannydoodle's Avatar

      I also have a very sensitive sense of smell since chemo in 2004. Sometimes I wish I had an oxygen mask to put on. A lot of smells actually make me feel sick, for example, the natural gas heating system.

      almost 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      If I smell the perfume that my wife was wearing when I was in treatment, I have a flashback. Same with smelling heparin, I flash back to the chair.

      almost 7 years ago
    • HOBO's Avatar

      My husband bought a.New car while I was doing chemo. Every time I get in his car I have a flashback and instant nausea. Ugh.

      almost 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      There are many people who are sensitive to smells. I notice a lot of signs telling people to limit their fragrances. I personally had to leave a meeting because I put hand lotion on my dry, cracked hands. I had to wash my hands and return with them in pain. I finally found Lubriderm, which seems to be more tolerable to people.

      almost 7 years ago

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