I just bought a small Sago Palm and it's been sitting in my room for the last week. It doesn't have a flower spike, so I assume it's not releasing spores. But it gives off a slight musky smell, and my allergies have been going haywire. If it's not spores, what could it be releasing? And is it likely to be seasonal, or permanent?
I can't dig into the picture, but it looks like the plant is showing some stress. Look at the coloration in the circled area on top: Was it like that when you bought it? And the thing at the base? Is it rot, or a different color of the potting soil? The base is more troubling than the leaves. Make sure there is no standing water above the drainage holes of the inner pot.