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I Lost My Sense of Smell

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    If I put a bottle of bleach up to my nose,

    I will start coughing but I won't smell it. I often get "phantom smells" where I smell something weird, constantly, for days. This month I keep smelling dusty school floors. The past week, I smell grave soil. It's strange.
    PoizonApple PoizonApple 31-35, F Dec 18, 2015

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    Smells Like...nothing

    I lost my sense of smell due to a head injury in Dec 2005.  I could not smell anything for a year and still only smell occasionally.  Very strong odors such as bathrooms are perceptible but not strong at all.  Barely noticeable. 
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 17 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    Phantom Smells

    Or olfactory hallucinations, whatever you call them, they suck!  I started to read this new book at the library about a woman who started to lose her sense of smell the same way I think I'm losing mine-- caused by an OTC nasal spray product starting with a Z.  This...
    mrmoo1231 mrmoo1231 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    I Can't Smell Sh!t.

    I don't know if I lost my sense of smell, or if I never had one to begin with. Either way, I can't smell a thing. In school, when someone farted in assembly I'd have to pretend I could smell it or people would think it was me. Nowadays when I tell people I can't smell...
    velosapien velosapien 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    Can Barely Smell Anything

    well over a year ago i almost completely lost my sense of smell. i can still taste food quite well, but I can only smell things if they are REALLY strong. like if i drive past a dead skunk on the road, or if something really strong is pretty much right under my nose. the other...
    valek valek 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2009

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    My boyfriend gave me a necklace and I lost it. I have searched everywhere what am I going to tell him
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    Yep sure do...and I love it when girls smell good and have amazing perfume on...
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    Oh I miss this smell, the coffee pot was damaged in my move over the weekend, I will have to wait until I get to work for the smell and the taste yummy!!
    Libraladyseeking Libraladyseeking 36-40, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    It can be an enjoyable and appealing smell, that opens your sense, in a refreshing way. It's nice. Every now and than walking through bush, even when it hasn't rained at all, is or...
    THISarcane THISarcane 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I grew. Up with the smell of urine in my bedroom as me and my younger sister was both bed Wetters and made to share the same bedroom our bedroom was so smelly back in them...
    Joanne181 Joanne181 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Sarcasm and wit are lost art forms...everyone thinks they can do it now
    positivevibes23 positivevibes23 36-40, M 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    When you smell coffee the day can begin. Like Pavlows dogs I know what to do when I smell coffee.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 2

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    Nowadays I live in a big city so I no longer get to smell freshly cut grass as often as I did growing up in the countryside. But to this day whenever I hear the sound of a working...
    BeadyEyes BeadyEyes 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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    The desert will bring him back to me... We met on a dating website. months and months of talking, long messages back and forth discussing such beautiful things, a glorious wait...
    sweetsexxylexy sweetsexxylexy 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    So many things have changed... I'm thankful and grateful for the people in my life now. But, the friends I once had are gone. They are now a thought in my mind. I thought we'd...
    Whirlwind5 Whirlwind5 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 31

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    I lost my teeth in a bike accident while impressing someone!!!!
    fahad7khan fahad7khan 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 30

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    Everything about summer, and sea, all about the shade of blue and yellow and green. Feast for my eyes. When you smell them all, hear them all, they nurture your soul.
    Gallantio Gallantio 36-40, M Jan 30

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    Gallantio Gallantio 36-40, M 4 Responses Jan 30

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    She threw herself at me. I took things slowly. After a few months, we were official. I was a part of her family's dinners. She was "the happiest they've ever seen her." She treated...
    standardmale standardmale 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 30

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    the 2 things I love is the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of cucumbers when making a salad is it just me or do they smell very similar lol
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    Today, my family and I mourn the list of a very special lady, my most amazing aunt, she and my Uncle had 17 children lost count how many grand kids, and great grand youngons, they...
    AngeleyesUponU AngeleyesUponU 41-45, F 6 Responses Jan 29

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    As i own my own gardening business i spend a lot of time cutting grass in the summer. I love the smell and to look at the lawns with there nice straight lines and trimmed borders...
    johnvcook johnvcook 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 29

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    It smell so yummy in the pot but I'm not allowed to drink it my mom says it's bad for you and stuff but they do it so that's not fair
    PreTeenSally PreTeenSally 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    A this time I am kind of 'over rushed' about all my feelings, I am in love, (almost) depressed, I am feeling lonely, hopeless and feel confused, all day long. I just can't make...
    GentleReader GentleReader 13-15, M Jan 29

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    According to me , smelling good puts a very nice impression on people and it also adds up to your personality !
    LetsSpreadPositivity LetsSpreadPositivity 22-25, M Jan 29

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    So today I was getting fitted for a tuxedo, and the lady who was measuring me told me she need my shoe size. At that moment I remembered someone commented "Have you ever forced...
    jackattack491 jackattack491 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    My favorite gloves now smell like gasoline So do my scrub pants So does a cheap tea pot Gas cans are not allowed to easily pour gas anymore, that is another story So, I...
    notPC notPC 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    nivanvc nivanvc 36-40, M Jan 27

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    I just ground up some fresh cloves so I can make some Pumpkin Pie Spice and my house smell absolutely beautiful now.
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    I Love The Smell Of Barbecue.
    PanHead1989 PanHead1989 26-30, M Jan 25

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    But not the taste so much, I've tried it but I can't drink it. Just like to smell it when it's made.
    BumblebeeBeth BumblebeeBeth 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    My friend wanted to go to the bar tonight, so I went and hung out with her for a bit. As a result, I smell like cigarettes, and I won't be able to take a shower until morning. -_-
    thecutestpanda thecutestpanda 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    mmmmm i smell swo goooooood frum my bath this morning ^_^ :) ^_^ <3
    cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    I quite simply love the smell and the taste of good ground coffee strong enough to keep me awake. If I didn't like it so much maybe I'd sleep at night. Goes well with the smell...
    wetadam wetadam 70+, M 2 Responses Jan 24

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    Today, we saw this cute girl at Steak and shake(My friends and I).. So I made a weird joke about kicking a lawnmower to get it to start, then said "The waitress is really cute". So...
    Brothergoro Brothergoro 18-21 1 Response Jan 22

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