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A 44-year-old female asked:

Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Yes it is possible: Sinus infection complication could be loss of smell and taste.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes, but: Moderate to severe paranasal sinus conditions certainly can cause changes in both senses. Fortunately, if treated effectively - often even only improved - they also improve or return. This can be a painful chronic condition that eludes treatment efforts - or it can be an acute, treatable thing. See an ENT for dx/planning/suggestions. It might help. Best wishes!
Dr. Ted Saha
Dr. Ted Sahaanswered
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Special senses: Between 10 and 100 million receptors for the 'sense of smell' lie inside nose. Persons with cold /sinusitis , allergies complain that they can not taste their food. Although their taste sensation may be normal , smell sensation are not ! much of what we think of taste is actually smell ! smell receptors are stimulated thousands of times more stronger than of taste !
Last updated May 27, 2015

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