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Are you sensitive to smell?

Lately I’m so much more aware that the lightest of smells affects me. Not always a bother but I can smell things others can’t.

I swear lately I can smell ozone. It’s a bit Metallicy. Like sparky smokey but not like something is burning. Not sure I’m explaining that right but it’s the best I can think to describe it.

Anyone else??

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I have always been very sensitive to odors.  Have had to move in restaurants due to some one wearing a lot of perfume.  Cannot go in soap, candle stores.  I purchase only unscented products, etc.  Never thought about this being an ADD thing.

Posted by KathyB on Mar 23, 2014 at 12:37am

I have both ADHD and HSP.  I am super sensitive to smell, sound, sight, etc.

I can get overwhelmed by smells, sometimes I get nauseas, loud noises not only bother my ears but can also make me nauseas.  I can’t tolerate dim lights and can only take in so much visual stimuli before I get overwhelmed or just shutdown.  I don’t like my hair on my face or neck or water on my head. 

I am also super sensitive to other people’s emotions.  I actually like this one as I find it helpful.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:03am

I am also sensitive to smells and get headaches from certain perfumes.

I don’t know where you are smelling this, but if it’s in a home, you may need to call the gas company.

Posted by chrisd on Mar 23, 2014 at 3:31am

I am very sensitive to smells, they can trigger a migraine. Also,bright light.i love sunlight & what bothers me is sun reflecting off of the metal car bumpers,but so do other cars lights reflecting off the metal or car headlights shining in my mirrors from behind me.i can’t take it & have to avoid it because it usually triggers a migraine. Bless u all!

Posted by specialk4762 on Mar 23, 2014 at 4:24am

Hey Mitzi!!  Long time no speak wink

I smell this smell all the time!  At first I was nervous that it was my house but then started smellng it all he time. It’s pretty strange. After coming here a few months ago and talking to Mitzi I realized that sensitive smell was one of the symptoms of add. I’ve always been sensitive to garlic and food smells but this was a new smell. Just seemed so weird to me

Posted by Alioop143 on Mar 23, 2014 at 4:27am

Hi Ali,

How are things going for you?

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 23, 2014 at 5:13am

Hi Mitzi

Im hanging in there.  Struggling with a few things.  Others seems to be easier now that I know why they happen.  Mostly this is just fuel for my negative fire.  But I AM hanging in there trying to stay positive. Hubby still doesn’t know.  Im not ready to tell him yet.

How are you?

Posted by Alioop143 on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:22am

Hi Ali,

Hanging in there too awaiting spring! Even though technically the calendar says it is spring, we Mainers know it won’t truly be spring til May smile

I do think having a better understanding is helpful and the right tools for managing symptoms.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 23, 2014 at 4:45pm

The same but different.
Does anyone find that they can endure very hot water.  I always say to people that my skin is like asbestos.  Anyone else find this. 
Hi to mitzy.  I Will get in touch again.

Posted by fudgee on Mar 24, 2014 at 2:59am

Hmmmm, not sure I can endure extremely hot water.  I love a hot shower but i think its a regular level of hot wink

Posted by Alioop143 on Mar 24, 2014 at 6:05am

No sure but I love a very hot shower, disappointed when the water isn’t almost scalding lol. Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 24, 2014 at 6:09am

smells = memories, for me. I can get a whiff of someone smoking a cigarette, with the moist air at just the right temperature, and the same wool jacket I wore.. and I could close my eyes and be in Kings Lynn, England again. I can remember people by their smell, but forget their name.. every time. Smells are actually one of my distractions that I don’t mind, despite it being obvious to people around me. My husband enjoys it when I go down memory lane randomly because I caught a scent that reminded me of a time and place. I can recall smells too. I can describe the smell of pretty much every place I’ve been, and particularly, I can summon up (mentally, I don’t believe I’m actually smelling the scents), a scent of a particular traumatic experience or a good experience. It helps for visualization.

One thing I cannot stand visually is the strobe light effect of driving through a forest when the sun is low. It’s one of 3 things that causes me migraines and ruins entire days. However, I can sometimes escape the feeling if I’m the one driving—and have on my old lady sunglasses that block out the light on my peripherals.

Posted by Clever Fox on Mar 24, 2014 at 8:43am

I some times get hyper-sensitive to smells.
When in this state, I can only eat plain food, nothing that has been in a tin or plastic, and nothing that has been processed or stored for too long.
Fortunately for me, it only lasts for a week or so.
Maybe I should hire myself out as a sniffer dog for those times.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Mar 26, 2014 at 4:39am

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