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Can A strong Smell Be Damaging ?
« on: 14/10/2009 11:51:43 »

Dearest Smellolgists,


As a sheepy ewe know full well already that I am, most probably, the nicest smelling animal on the planet. In fact, forget about just animals, out of all the living things here on earth..it is well documented  that I personally aromafy your nostrils in the bestest way .

Take a look at Herschel the dog !..He will never be the same after he insufflates that backside !




Herschel On The Verge Of Losing His Sense Of Smell !



We all know that it's very dangerous to look directly into the sun...we also know that prolonged exposure to very loud noises can affect your hearing...Can the same be said of a strong smell upon your olfactory senses ?..in fact, can a smell be very dangerous..even life threatening ?  I don't mean a smell that contains a poison.... but a smell for the sake of a smell which is inherently harmless save for the fact that it's incredibly strong !! ?


whajafink ?




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mwah mwah mwah mwah !





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« Reply #1 on: 14/10/2009 13:42:05 »
A smell depends on the molecules that are caught by the receptors in your nose. Smell is defined by which combination of receptors is triggered and thus, which combination of electrical signals are sent to the brain.

A smell can be harmful if the molecules causing the smell are harmful.
For example: Taking a deep breather over a jar of HCl or H2SO4 would not be adviseable, but only because the molecules themselves will be harmfull to your receptors and inner nose epidermis.

The electrical signals in your brain that tell you 'how' it smells are not harmful.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 14/10/2009 15:34:34 »
Thank ewe Nizzle.

So, really, what ewe are saying is that unless there is something specifically poisonous or detrimental to ones health within the smell then a smell can be as strong as it can be without doing any damage.

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« Reply #3 on: 14/10/2009 18:36:48 »
Certain smells, perfume for example, can trigger migraines in some people. Possibly not life threatening, but very debilitating.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 14/10/2009 21:00:10 »
Certain smells, perfume for example, can trigger migraines in some people. Possibly not life threatening, but very debilitating.

Ewe should (or should not !) smell wifeys cooking...it'll give ewe more than a headache  !
 

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« Reply #5 on: 14/10/2009 22:31:14 »
Hahaha one day she will find out and there will be enough lamb to go around.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 15/10/2009 21:28:12 »
Hahaha one day she will find out and there will be enough lamb to go around.

hee hee !!..so far I am able to get away with it here...she never reads thi...........OUCH !!....DOH !!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/10/2009 08:25:54 »
S say one works with Garlic constantly.. it is ever present on ones hands in ones clothing... and in ones nostrils... will not that eventually cause your nose to misinterpret other smells or even make everything smell like Garlic?
Kinda like sheeps wool you know.. permeates the meat at times and is a really powerful scent!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 16/10/2009 09:17:25 »
Identifying a smell and linking it to a source is a learning process.
Example: Your mom lets you smell garlic and says to you: "This is garlic".
In the future, when you activate the same smell-receptor combination, your brain will tell you there's garlic close by.

You will keep smelling garlic whenever the same receptor combination is triggered, but there's some kind of saturation, ie, when working with garlic the whole day, you'll only consciously smell the garlic the first half our or so.

However, it will not make everything else smell like garlic, because if other molecules appear in the nostrils, a different set of receptors is activated and you'll smell garlic + something extra, untill the garlic molecules disappear from your nostrils.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 16/10/2009 19:20:05 »
Thanks Nizzle!
 

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