What is phantosmia?

Phantosmia, or olfactory hallucinations, involves smelling odors that are not derived from any physical stimulus. The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be foul or pleasant.

How do members experience phantosmia?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with phantosmia*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for phantosmia*

Who has phantosmia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 8
30s 8
40s 16
50s 29
60s 26
70+ 22

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 25
Female 87