In the beginning of the month (March) I posted on here about smelling smoke when my nose is "at rest" - when I'm actively smelling something (candle, cooking, ect), those things smell normal, but when I'm not actively smelling something, just sitting watching TV or online, I smell smoke constantly. It's not a "get a whiff of it for a few seconds" type of thing. And it's not just in the house - I smell it everywhere I go.
So in the beginning of the month I got it for about a week and a half and then experienced a terrible chest cold/flu and I was so congested and mucus-y that it went away.
Well, I've been well for about a week now, and I'm smelling it again - but worse! I have post-nasal drip and I've noticed that I can almost taste the smell in the back of my throat. It gets worse as the day goes on being the worst before bed. At the end of the evening, my eyes also start to burn a little bit, and my throat is tacky. I'm constantly clearing my throat throughout the day.
Honestly - it feels like I've been in a smoky Las Vegas casino all day. Like I'm constantly being exposed to secondhand smoke. Weird!
Now, I'm not freaking out about anything in particular - I just want to know what the heck this is! From what I've read this isn't usually "brain-based" as far as tumors and seizures go. It's probably more olfactory nerve (the nerve that tells your brain to smell and what it smells like) or sinus related. It sounds like allergies, but I've taken over-the-counter Allegra 24hr last night and the night before last and it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas or reassurance?