A 44-year-old female asked:
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can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
44 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it is possible: Sinus infection complication could be loss of smell and taste.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
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!
Answered on May 27, 2015
Dr. Ted Saha
Dr. Ted Saha answered
42 years experience Palliative Care
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 !
Answered on May 18, 2014
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