A 39-year-old member asked:
what causes loss of taste and smell?
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Dr. Alan Cohen answered
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 nerves from the nose going into the brain through a perforated cribiform plate at the base of the skull. Sudden jarring can sever those nerves. There are other conditions and medications that can impair this sense, too.
Answered on Oct 21, 2019
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