Why Do I Keep Smelling Cologne? (Find Out Here!)

why do I keep smelling cologne

Notice a smell of cologne when nobody is around? Want to know what is causing it? Let’s explain.

There is a chance that you may be suffering from a condition known as phantosmia, which causes you to smell things that aren’t there. This may be a symptom of another condition, or the phantosmia may stand on its own. Of course, there is also a chance that an old cologne smell is just hanging in the air.

Let’s go into a bit more depth on this.

Why Do I Keep Smelling Cologne?

There are two reasons why you may be smelling cologne. Firstly, you may actually be smelling cologne. There is a chance that the scent could be lingering in the air from somebody that has passed through. Alternatively, you may be dealing with a condition known as phantosmia.

Pahntosmia is a condition where people may smell things that aren’t there. While it is a condition in itself, it can also be a symptom of other conditions e.g. brain tumor, epilepsy, or seizures. Most of the time, it isn’t anything that you need to worry about, although you should get checked out. 

Why Do I Randomly Smell His Cologne?

There are a couple of reasons why this may be happening. Firstly, the scent may just be hanging around. If the cologne is from your partner, then it may be stuck to your clothes or items in the room. In other cases, it may be because you are remembering the smell and, in very rare cases, it may be because of phantosmia. 

We have already talked about phantosmia in the previous section. However, we do want to discuss the second point; you may be imagining the smell.

If you are smelling a partner’s cologne, or somebody that is close to you, the scent may not actually be there. You may just be imagining it because it has good memories, or you are so used to being around. It is very similar to the way that if we imagine the foods that we enjoy, we can almost taste them in our mouths.

This is not really something that you need to worry about. However, once again, we would suggest that you do get checked out, just in case you have phantosmia. If it is a symptom of an underlying condition, it is best to have it dealt with sooner as opposed to later.

What Does It Mean When You Smell Someone’s Cologne When They Aren’t Around?

In some cases, it may be because the smell of the cologne is lingering. Cologne can hang in the air for a short while, and it can stick to clothes, etc. In other cases, it may be a case of phantosmia, which means that you are smelling phantom smells i.e. smells that aren’t there.

If you are sure that the cologne isn’t hanging in the environment (it may do for up to a couple of hours after a person has left), then you may have phantosmia.

We do want to point out that 99% of the time, phantosmia isn’t a bad thing. It will clear up on its own. There may be no underlying cause for it. You just are imagining the scent and that’s it. However, if you consistently smell the same things, or other phantom smells start to creep into your life, then it may actually be worth getting yourself looked at by a doctor. The best case scenario (and the scenario that you are most likely to encounter) is that they will say that nothing is wrong. If there is, then you can get treated for the condition.

When Should I Be Concerned About Phantom Smells?

If you are experiencing phantom smells, then we suggest that you get checked out right away. Most of the time, the phantom smell isn’t going to be a cause for concern, but it can be a symptom of a serious condition. The earlier you have the symptoms looked at, the more likely you are to receive successful treatment.

Most people will find that phantom smells will eventually clear up on their own. Unless there is an underlying condition (which your doctor will look for), there is no real treatment for the phantom smells. You just need to ride it out.

What Does It Mean When You Smell a Certain Scent All The Time?

If you smell a certain scent all of the time and you are 100% sure that the scent is not in the area near you, then you have a condition known as phantosmia. This means that you are smelling phantom smells.

Phantosmia is all down to how your brain processes information. Essentially, your brain is thinking that there is a scent there that doesn’t actually exist.

While phantosmia is a condition in itself, it is more likely to be a symptom of another condition. The list of which is vast and can be anything from epilepsy to a brain injury, or even a brain tumor. However, we cannot stress enough just how unlikely it is that you are suffering from a serious condition here.

In most cases, people’s phantosmia will disappear on its own. It may happen a couple of times and that’s it. However, if you are smelling the same thing all of the time, then it really does indicate that you have an underlying condition that needs to be looked at. Your best bet is to head to the doctor so they can take a look.

This means that if you are smelling the same cologne all of the time, or you are sniffing things that are much more unpleasant (as is often the case with phantosmia), the sooner that you get treatment for it, the better. The doctor will be able to help you out. This is why we do suggest that you head to the doctor if you are dealing with this condition for more than a week or so. If it just disappears, there is no sense in heading to the doctor. 

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