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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Eliza82    0

Does anyone else have sensitivities to other chemicals or medications thought to be tied to their gluten intolerance/allergy? Anyone have a strong (I mean STRONG) sense of smell? I can smell things that my family cannot smell at ALL! I also have an Italian nose, but its been stronger in the last year, so I don't think I can blame it on the schnaze.

And, did anyone notice if these sensitivities go away when they went gluten free?

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Yes, and yes!! For years the slightest perfume was debilitating to me, even if I couldn't smell it. I did have a very sensitive sense of smell too. Now, sometimes other people smell perfume and complain about it and I don't even notice!!! It's been 3 years since diagnosis. Good luck!

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Eliza82    0

Yes, and yes!! For years the slightest perfume was debilitating to me, even if I couldn't smell it. I did have a very sensitive sense of smell too. Now, sometimes other people smell perfume and complain about it and I don't even notice!!! It's been 3 years since diagnosis. Good luck!

Thanks for replying! Did you ever feel like you could taste the smells on your tongue and you couldn't get rid of them unless you went out of the house for a while and took in fresh air or you spit out the "taste"?

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I've definitely had to go outside. Once I was in a car and someone in it seemed to be wearing a huge ton of perfume. Even right by the open window, I couldn't stand it. I got out. Fortunately my husband came with me. We were in Mexico City and I had no idea where I was and I don't speak the language well. He couldn't smell anything. My friend in the car discussed it and it ended up that her friend was maybe wearing a scarf that she had worn before when she was wearing perfume. That day she wasn't wearing any. We got back to the hotel O.K. That was before I started having the uncontrollable D. At that time I was just having stomach pain. Smell and taste are very interrelated.

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jackay    21

Does anyone else have sensitivities to other chemicals or medications thought to be tied to their gluten intolerance/allergy? Anyone have a strong (I mean STRONG) sense of smell? I can smell things that my family cannot smell at ALL! I also have an Italian nose, but its been stronger in the last year, so I don't think I can blame it on the schnaze.

And, did anyone notice if these sensitivities go away when they went gluten free?

I have a strong sense of smell and very acute hearing. It does seem that since I went gluten free that smells don't bother me as much. I don't react to fragrances as much as I use to.

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jerseyangel    409

I'm extremely sensitive to scents. I have to be very careful to use unscented products because most fragrances that are added to products will give me migraines.

I get neurological symptoms with chemical additives in foods, can't tolerate any artificial sweeteners at all.

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