First it was urine, then feces, then smoke, now it's mold. I swear, my new house is trying to drive me away with foul odors no one else can smell. What can I do about it?
This actually started in our old apartment with the wood smell and the mold, but ever since the onset of cool weather, when we started closing the windows, I've been bombarded with foul odors from our new house. My fiance sometimes will say that he smells "something" but to me the place absolutely reeks
with stench. I mean reeks to the point that I have to cover my nose and mouth. Sometimes to the point where it will trigger an asthma attack.
I haven't been able to find the source of any of these odors. My honey smokes, but only in a closed room in the back of the house, and the smoke I'm smelling isn't cigarette smoke. It's either wood smoke or chemical smoke, and it's always in a certain area of the house - the sun room and the back hallway. The urine smell is also in a certain area of the house, and nowhere near the cat litter box or the bathrooms. I thought it was coming from the air ducts
, but it appears to be coming from nowhere, and I'm just smelling it when the heater comes on, and only in the living room. It's the same with the other odors, I smell them in areas of the house that make no sense - mold from the fireplace and feces in the kitchen.
Believe me, I've looked for the sources and I've cleaned EVERYTHING. I bleached the entire kitchen to try and get rid of the smell. I could hardly smell the bleach over the feces smell, but my fiance had to leave the house until it dried. We had a company come in and check the place for critters - there aren't any. The guy who came in also said he could smell "something" in the kitchen but said it didn't smell like feces to him and didn't smell that strong.
I looked up "phantom smells" on the internet, and I'm fairly sure that I don't have a brain tumor. I know I don't have epilepsy because they checked me for that when I developed migraines way back when. However, I do take anti-seizure meds for my bipolar, which are also supposed to help these things (they're also supposed to help with migraines too, but they don't), and these smells aren't connected to my migraines that I can tell. I don't even know if they are phantom smells or if I'm being hyper sensitive to smells that are already in the environment since other people can smell "something".
I'm at the end of my rope. It's really starting to drive me buggy. There isn't a day that goes by where I'm not smelling at least one of these odors for at least an hour or two -- sometimes longer. It doesn't make life pleasant. Is this something I should bring up with my psychiatrist next time I see her? or is this a physical thing I need to see my doctor (now that I have one) about? I guess I'm looking for ancedata and possible solutions until I can get an appointment with either one doctor or the other. I'm so tired of smelling foul odors. If bleach couldn't cover up a smell, I don't know what else could help. I tried Vick's Vapor Rub under my nose, and that helped a little, but I don't want to smell Vick's forever either.
Scented candles are useless in this battle, as is febreeze.