Unexplained Bad Smell Sensations

What Causes Distorted Sense Of Smell?

Distorted sense of smell can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose distorted sense of smell, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "distorted sense of smell" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Zinc Need
  • Parkinson's Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
moderate frequency of sex
current birth control pill use
past calcium-based antacid use
having polyps
hand tremors
slow/heavy physical motion
abnormal taste in mouth
PPI antacid use
reduced sense of taste
occasional hangnails
inflamed cuticles
high alcohol consumption
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of distorted sense of smell:
Cause Probability Status
Zinc Need 94% Confirm
Parkinson's Disease 62% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Nose/Smell Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about unexplained bad smell sensations:
Do you have sensations of unpleasant smells for no apparent reason?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / definite
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate unpleasant smell sensations, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Zinc Requirement

Sensations of unpleasant smells are a symptom of zinc deficiency.

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