If you can smell ammonia, then health effects are possible with eye, nose or throat irritation being the most common effects. Leave an area that smells like ammonia for fresh air. Ventilate the area to clear the ammonia.

What does it mean when I smell ammonia?

Dehydration can cause an ammonia smell. Dehydration occurs when someone fails to drink enough fluids or has a significant fluid loss, due to vomiting or diarrhea. Ammonia odor happens when chemicals in urine are concentrated due to a lack of water.

Should I be concerned if I smell ammonia?

If you can smell ammonia, health effects are possible. If strong ammonia odors are present in your home or environment, and if eye, nose, or throat irritation is occurring, leave the area and call the fire department. If someone has swallowed ammonia, call 911.

What illness makes you smell ammonia?

A person with kidney failure may have breath that smells like ammonia or urine. Serious liver disease can make breath smell musty or like garlic and rotten eggs. Compounds that are transported through the blood can also be released through your sweat glands.

What do I do if I smell like ammonia?

If adding carbs to your diet doesn’t help, see a doctor. “People with liver or kidney disease also have trouble disposing of ammonia,” Roberts says. It’s also possible people on protein-heavy diets—such as Paleo—may be overburdening their systems to the point that their sweat smells like ammonia, Maharam says.

Why do I keep smelling ammonia in nose?

Because a rotten smell in your nose often means you’re also dealing with a sinus infection, nasal polyps, or another condition, it’s likely you also have other symptoms. And because an ammonia smell in the nose can signal advanced kidney disease, see a doctor right away if you have that symptom.

Why do I smell chemicals in my nose?

An olfactory hallucination (phantosmia) makes you detect smells that aren’t really present in your environment. The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be foul or pleasant. They can occur in one or both nostrils. The phantom smell may seem to always be present or it may come and go.

Is ammonia cancerous?

There is no evidence that ammonia causes cancer. The The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the EPA, and the InternationalAgency for Research on Cancer (IARC), have not classified ammonia for carcinogenicity.