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For years now I have had a problem where after I get sick (only when i get a fever) everything gets a weird pungent odor afterwards to where I can only eat a few thing that don’t taste and smell like pure garbage. It lasts for about 2-3 weeks after. I have tried everything to fix it, antibiotics, breathing in steam, and nothing works. I know I’m not the only one with this problem, as I have read comments from a lot of people who get the exact same thing. Iis there a cure or a way to get rid of the odor/smell?. I have talked to my family doctor and she has no idea what it is. Please any advice will help.

Bad breath and pungent odors after getting sick are hallmark symptoms for sinus infections (sinusitis). From what you are describing it appears as if you are suffering from the effects of a sinus infection.

Sinuses are mucous membrane lined cavities within the bones of our face. Normally sinuses produce mucous which drain into our nasal cavities and pharynx. If the sinuses become clogged, bacteria can proliferate and cause an infection resulting in the symptoms of facial pain/pressure, nasal congestion/discharge, bad breath/taste, fever, headache, cough, etc.

There is scant evidence supporting the use of antibiotics for the treatment of sinusitis and most doctors would advise against using antibiotics for routine cases of sinusitis. The preferred method of treatment for sinusitis involves decreasing the sinus inflammation with nasal sprays such as Oxymetazoline (Afrin), oral decongestants such as Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).

If your symptoms persist, you should be evaluated by a otolaryngologist (ENT) or have facial X-rays or a CT scan performed of your facial bones to evaluate for any structural abnormalities.

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