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what can cause loss of smell and taste

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Doubtful: Your question is very concerning. You're a diabetic, you state you are sad, and you're just reported loss of smell and taste. These need to be worked ... Read More

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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Mucinex (guaifenesin): Is not a nasal decongestant. It is same as Guaifenesin or plain Robitussin which is a mucolytic or expectorant. Chronic nasal congestion can make you ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Marijuana: maryjane sometimes burns very hot and is likely the cause of your problem. You should recover if you stop its use. If not you need a ENT doctor
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
Yes sometimes a: transient disturbance of your senses of smell and taste can be affected with great injury (infection) to the organs in question. However it should n ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Cohen
38 years experience Psychiatry
Anosmia: Taste is mostly dependent on the sense of smell. Loss of that sense is called anosmia. A very common cause is head trauma, due to shearing of the tiny ... Read More
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Dr. John McMahan
47 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Loss of Smell and Ta: Many problems may contribute to loss of taste and smell . Sinusitis, nasal polyps, allergies, viruses, vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalance and eve ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Usually not: Tell your doctor you are having this problem. Acidosis, hypoglycemia and allergic reaction can occur.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Takahashi
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Some loss of taste and smell is natural with aging, especially after age 60: Various other factors also can contribute to loss of taste and smell, however, including: Nasal and sinus problems, such as allergies, sinusitis or na ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Obstruction: Diminished or altered ense of smell is likely due to poor airflow to the roof of the nose where the nerve endings for smell are located. A thorough n ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It could temporarily: Diminish those senses. But that should return as you improve.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Infammation smells : Nasal inflammation can cause anosmia (loss of sense of smell). Since most of taste is related to smell they often are both affected. Although medicati ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it is possible: Sinus infection complication could be loss of smell and taste.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Noah Fitzpatrick
25 years experience Internal Medicine
ANSWER: You're pregnant!
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pablo Arango
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
3 main reasons. : 1.Head trauma: a blow to the front off back of the head causes the brain to bounce in skull.Smell nerve fibers can be ripped by this sudden action 2. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Dysgeusia: Taste sensation are from taste buds located on tongue while sense of smell is located at the olfactory epithelium in the upper part of nose! it is unc ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Same as a female...: ...Except pregnancy! the GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fu ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Zuber
34 years experience Neurology
Loss of smell/taste: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with medical conditions such as flu, Parkinson disease, stroke, head trauma, cerebral contusion, old ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Many things: Sounds like an infectious disease is present. Loss of balance can occur directly through involvement of inner ear, brainstem, loss of position sense i ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
34 years experience Pain Management
Migraines/stroke/TIA: Migraines are generally considered due to blood vessel constriction in the brain followed by blood vessel dilation.There is also an electrochemical co ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Miriam Sivkin
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many things: One has to consider what exposure you have had in the recent past.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible virus: Viral illness of the nose and throat can cause strange symptoms at times. By irritating the nasal lining you can get a paradoxical clearing of the nos ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
See doctor: See your doctor to have a complete physical exam to determine the cause of dizziness and loss of balance.

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