August 8, 2015
Q: Sometimes when I come home from work, or especially when we return from a weekend trip or vacation, my wife and I smell a strange, pungent odor only at the back door. It goes away quickly so I never seem to figure out where it's coming from. Besides baking cookies or attacking the house with air fresheners before people come over, what should I do? - Jacob A: Though everyone's house has a particular scent, you are experiencing something called "olfactory fatigue.
September 5, 2014 |
Who cut the cheese in Philadelphia's suburbs? Peco Energy Co. is still sniffing out the source of the distinctive rotten-egg odor that prompted more than a thousand customers to report natural-gas leaks on Saturday and early Sunday, mostly in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. No leaks were discovered in the utility's gas distribution system, said Peco spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez. There were no risks to safety or health, she said. The calls created a big headache for Peco, which typically gets about 8,000 gas-leak complaints a year, said Engel Menendez.
July 16, 2014 |
The twin 3-year-old daughters of Christina and George Berry had just sat down to their spaghetti dinner Sunday night when it happened. A man knocked on the door and told them to leave their Dogwood Lane home because unknown fumes - possibly dangerous - had been detected in their Skippack neighborhood. The girls became scared. Really scared. Their dinner half-eaten, the girls ran outside, Christina Berry said, screaming in fear. Christina and George eventually had to eat at a Wawa.
June 11, 2014 |
THE SMELL from the house next door was both nauseating and relentless. Janeen Mills had no idea what was causing it - maybe dog feces or a sewage pipe - but whatever it was, it was unbearable for her and her seven grandchildren. Moreover, Mills had lost hope that the landlord or any city agency would make the odor coming from 2730 N. 22nd St. stop. Then one night, she heard a noise outside her North Philly rowhouse. She went to the window and what she saw made her gag. Her neighbors were dumping human feces down the storm sewer.
March 3, 2014 |
Now that we're at least on the same calendar page as spring, it's time to tackle a reader's question about removing pine sap from her car. Thanks to all for their suggestions. Trish Davidson says that she makes Christmas wreaths and rubs her hands with olive oil to remove the sap. Lindsey Nair of Roanoke, Va., says any kind of vegetable oil, as well as peanut butter, would work. Let the oil soak into the sap spots overnight to loosen them. Susan Grantham of Tallahassee, Fla., uses rubbing alcohol, putting some on a soft cloth and rubbing gently.
February 16, 2014 |
And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor. Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report that compared to whites, the earwax of east Asian people contains significantly lower amounts of odor-causing substances called volatile organic compounds. Setting aside for a moment the tale of how this odd topic became the focus of study, it turns out that the fragrance of one's auditory canal could have medical implications.
September 16, 2013 |
A few weeks back, a rowhouse dweller asked for advice about dealing with cigarette-smoke odor finding its way into her living space from the other side of the party wall. The odor was most noticeable, she said, when the neighbors turned on their central air conditioning. Harris Gross of Cherry Hill, a licensed professional engineer and home inspector, says older homes retrofitted with ductwork for central-air systems often lack sufficient return ductwork, especially on the second floor.
July 23, 2013 |
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered a body and arrested a registered sex offender who sent police and volunteers through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for more victims, officials said Sunday. East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts had cautioned searchers Sunday to be prepared to find one or two more victims, but he declined to elaborate. After a daylong search that included 40 abandoned houses and other areas, no more bodies were found.
July 23, 2013 |
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Authorities responding to a report of a foul odor from a home discovered a body and arrested a registered sex offender who led police on a gruesome hunt through a poor Ohio neighborhood in a search for potentially more victims, officials said yesterday. East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts said Sunday that searchers should be prepared to find one or two more victims, but he declined to elaborate. Mayor Gary Norton said the suspect has indicated he might have been influenced by Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was convicted in 2011 of murdering 11 women and sentenced to death.
July 1, 2013
Q: I'm a woman with excessive moisture in my groin area, especially when exercising. Is this common and what can I do? A: It's hard to know how common it is because people don't talk about it. The causes are probably how your nervous system is wired. Being at your ideal body weight is a good thing. If you are obese, you are going to sweat more in the groin area. There are genetic predispositions: Some sweat more, some sweat less. We have some skinny women who come in at ideal body weight and say they sweat a lot. Sweating can raise your risk of a yeast infection.