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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Nose Odour



I have had for the past 3 years an odor/smell, which seems to be in the right hand side of my nose, and if I block that side up it disappears, other people cannot smell it, so my wife tells me.

Some days it is worse than others, I have periods when it`s really bad and some days when it is not really noticeable, when it is bad it can give me severe headaches and I can taste the smell.

I have been prescribed various antibiotics by my doctor, but no improvement therefore I was referred to the hospital, they also tried various sprays but still no improvement. I then had a MRI scan that showed there was an infection deep inside my RH sinus, an operation followed to clean out the infection but still I had the smell, this was over 2 years ago.

A follow up scan showed that all was clear except for a very small cyst, this was therefore removed, but the smell is still there so I was then referred to a neurology specialist. He after reading my notes and asking a few questions told me that he couldn`t help.

The hospital have recently told me that there is nothing further they can suggest, and say that I will just have to live with it, which is not a very pleasant thought.

Any suggestions please, to help overcome this, it has been really bad for the last few weeks and if I go to my GP I am offered more antibiotics which have no effect whatsoever and it is all really getting me down.?

My details: Age: 70. Treated for Prostate Cancer 2006/2007 Radiotherapy and Hormone injections, injections stopped January 2009, PSA to date 0.1. Gall Bladder removed in January 2008. Medication: MicardisPlus 40/12.5mg 1 a day. Simvastatin 40mg 1 @ night.


It appears that you have had a thorough evaluation of your problem without resolution. Dr Allen Seiden at the University of Cincinnati is a national and internationally renowned expert in the senses of smell and taste.

I would suggest an appointment with him to look at novel possibilities for your problem. You can make appointments with Dr. Seiden at 513-475-8400.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati