Olfactory hallucinations (phantosmia)
Smelling burnt toast -- or other strange,
random odors that are not actually present
-- can in fact point to a medical issue,
perhaps occurring as the body's way of
telling a person that something is wrong.
These phantom smells, also known as
olfactory hallucinations or phantosmia, can
result from a wide variety of conditions,
many of which affect the brain, specifically
the area of the brain.
Many people are sensitive to certain smells,
but in an olfactory hallucination
(phantosmia), you detect smells that aren't
really present in your environment.
The odors detected in phantosmia vary
from person to person and may be foul or
pleasant. They can occur in one or both
nostrils and usually can't be masked by
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