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January 27, 2014
By L. Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

Take a sniff – does your home smell of fresh-baked bread,
roses and summer meadows? Or does it reek of something a
little less pleasant? Occasionally everybody’s house smells a
little iffy. Perhaps you had a party the night before, or you
haven’t opened the windows for a while. But there are
certain smells that you can’t get rid of with incense or a
spring cleaning session and these smells make you nauseous,
dizzy, or stressed. Some smells signal danger – deadly odors
in your home. If you smell something bad, is it dangerous?
Can smells kill?

Your Nose Is a Machine…

Your nose is lined with special cells that operate like the taste
buds on your tongue and detect specific odors.

When a smell enters your nose these cells send messages to
your brain through a network of nerve pathways. Once the
message is delivered to your brain you recognize the smell
and classify it according to your emotional responses and
library of past experiences.

When you smell you don’t just sense an odor – you often
have a reaction to the smell such as stress, fear, delight, or
nostalgia. Other reactions to smells are more physical –
irritation, stinging eyes or throat, watery eyes, increased
heart rate, coughing, or a burning nose.

The sense of smell was once so essential to life that your
ancestors relied on it to alert them to potential threats. Now,
smelling has become somewhat dulled by the assault of
millions of odors of modern life but you can still use your
sense of smell to help protect yourself and your family. Many
household problems can be sniffed out – gases, mold, dust,
and other chemicals all have distinct odors.

Who’s More Sensitive to Smells?

In general, the younger you are the more sensitive you are to
smells (so it may be worth sending your teenage child into
the smelly room first to see what they can detect.) And
women are more sensitive to smells than men – pregnant
women, in particular, are among the most sensitive to odors
in the home.

A 2002 study from Monell Chemical Senses Center showed
women’s greater ability to detect odors could be due to
increased amount of estrogen in the body. In the study
women of reproductive age were far better at identifying
smells than men following repeated exposure to the scent.  
Women may even be able to
smell your testosterone.

If you have asthma, respiratory disease, depression, or a
stress-induced illness you are more sensitive to smell. And if
you smell something on an empty stomach you will typically
notice it more than when you sense the odor after you
recently ate.

How to Check Your Home for Odor

Step outside your house for a few minutes then open the
door and enter. Take a deep breath and concentrate on
identifying the smell that is most prominent – try to focus on
the type of odor and its location. Is it chemical or animal?
Does it smell like damp or dust? Is the smell strong or weak,
and does it come and go or remain permanently in the air?
You only have a few seconds to get a good whiff – after you’
ve been in the space for a while your ability to distinguish
smells diminishes due to something called olfactory fatigue. If
you need to, leave the house then re-enter, following the
same process.

If you suspect a smell in your home is making you sick it is
worth calling in the professionals to rule out any toxic
problems. But your nose is often the best starting point. Here’
s how to sniff out the seven most problematic home odors
and know when to get out, and stay out.

1. Cyanide

Do you smell bitter almonds? Cyanide is a potentially deadly
chemical that can exist as a colorless gas. Many people detect
the gas through its bitter almond scent although it can also
be odorless and not everyone can pick up the scent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
cyanide may be released from certain foods and plants like
cassava and lima beans, and the pits of fruit such as almonds,
peaches, and apricots.  If you smell cyanide in the home it
could come from cigarette smoke or a fire caused by burning
plastic or other synthetics.
Inhaling cyanide results in dizziness, headache, nausea, rapid
breathing, weakness and restlessness. It may also cause
convulsions, lung injury, and slow heart rate. If you smell
bitter almonds, leave your home immediately and breathe
fresh air. If you cannot leave the room where the cyanide
was released, keep as low to the ground as possible.

2. Carbon Monoxide… and Other Odorless Gases

Your nose is an excellent tool for delivering the facts about
odors to your brain but it can’t detect everything. Some
potentially deadly gases have no odor at all.

Carbon monoxide, for example, can only be detected by a
carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is produced
when fuels from cars, trucks, stoves, gas heaters and
lanterns burn incompletely and result in a build-up of the gas
in an enclosed space such as a well-insulated living room. You
can be poisoned by breathing the gas without experiencing
any symptoms but the most common signs of advanced
carbon monoxide poisoning are nausea, vomiting, headache,
dizziness, chest pain, and confusion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more
than 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning and
more than 20,000 visit the emergency room each year.

The gas used for your heating system or stove is naturally
odorless but a scent is added to the gas in order to prevent
explosions and asphyxiation from inhalation. If you smell gas,
get out immediately and call the fire department or the police.
Don’t smoke, and don’t use any light switches or electrical

And bottom line --invest in a carbon monoxide detector.

3. Sewer Gas

One of the most nauseating smells to encounter in your home
is sewer gas. Sewer gas is a combination of toxic and non-
toxic gases such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide (a rotten egg
smell), methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxides,
generated from the decay of human and household waste.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services,
the principal dangers of a sewer gas smell are hydrogen
sulfide poisoning, asphyxiation, explosion and fire. To
prevent health problems, remove blockages in pipes leading
to the sewer, and flush and drain the pipes with water to
clean-out debris and waste.

4. “New Home Smell”

The new home or new car smell may be the sign of an
exciting recent purchase but chemical compounds creating
the odor could be dangerous to your health. VOCs (Volatile
Organic Compounds) are found in new homes, after
renovations, in cleaning products, and in air deodorizers.

Thousands of products are responsible for potentially harmful
chemical odors including paint strippers, paints and lacquers,
cleaning supplies, permanent markers, seat covers, correction
fluids, glue, building materials, soft furnishings, and more.
The level of these VOCs is on average two to five times higher
indoors than outdoors, according to the United States
Environmental Protection Agency, and for several hours
during and after activities such as paint stripping levels can
be 1,000 times  background outdoor levels.

Symptoms related to the inhalation of VOCs include irritation
of the nose, eyes and throat, headache, dizziness, memory
impairment, nausea, liver damage, and loss of coordination.
To make a new home healthier, open the windows wide when
painting or renovating. Don’t store opened containers of
paint or other DIY products inside the home. Reduce the use
of chemical air fresheners and cleaners inside the home and
avoid using pesticides to get rid of household pests.

5. Mold

Do you smell a dank, earthy, damp odor coming from your
home? Mold comes from water or moisture damage and the
odor can cause headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation,
and fatigue according to experts from the Texas Tech
University. Indoor air becomes contaminated when your
walls, carpets, furnishings and other building materials get
wet and are not allowed to dry or are not adequately cleaned.
To prevent mold odors keep your pipes in good working
order, reduce humidity in your home, keep your floors and
furniture clean, and change your air filters on a regular basis.

6. Cigarettes

The danger of cigarettes doesn’t stop with smoking or
second-hand smoke, according to experts from the Dana–
Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston – third-hand smoke,
where the scent of cigarettes lingers on clothes, furniture and
curtains, is also a health danger. Third-hand smoke is
worrying to scientists because according to the 2006 surgeon
general's report there is no risk-free level of tobacco
exposure – even tiny levels of the 250-plus toxins in cigarette
smoke on household surfaces can cause diminished IQ and
other health issues. The problems are most relevant to babies
and young children who are closest to the contaminated
surfaces and even put their mouths to furniture and floors
that are coated with the chemicals from cigarettes.

7. Dust

A musty, dusty smell may signify that you haven’t cleaned
your furniture and floors for a while but there are good
reasons to keep your home clean and tidy.

Inhaling dust causes small particles to enter the lungs,
resulting in health conditions like rhinitis, an inflammation of
the mucous membrane, inflammation of the trachea
(tracheitis) or the bronchi (bronchitis), according to the
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
Repeatedly inhaling dust can cause lung damage. The best
way to avoid the dusty smell and consequent health issues?
Clean regularly and open the windows every day to air the
home and remove dust particles.

One big caveat to this rule about opening the windows--
check your city's pollution levels. If you live in certain cities --
Beijing, other cities in China, most large cities in Poland,
Buenos Aires, Argentina, you may be better off buying an air
purifier than simply opening the windows to reduce dust
particle levels.

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