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Dearborn, MI
A 42-year-old male asked:

On day 5 of covid infection, after losing my smell sense, i now don't smell anything, except a constant non stop burnt odor, how can i get rid of it, it's very bothersome?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
You are not alone. Others have experienced same thing, some reported weird smell like rotten meat , sewage, rotten eggs,moldy socks commonly triggered by most odors, perfume, frying smell and meat. Some recovered in 3 weeks, 2 months to 6- 9 months . There’s no treatment but you can avoid triggers and sniffling a series of strong odors everyday to help retrain your ability to smell . Good luck !
Dr. Vasanth Stalin
General Surgery 23 years experience
Steroids, either by mouth or topical nasal steroid sprays, can sometimes work (data is lacking on this). Olfactory training utilizing what’s called the odor prism is an extremely safe, self-driven treatment option with no side effects that’s been helpful, including in post-viral cases of smell loss. It’s possible for patients to get a sustained improvement in their sense of smell even up to a year
Last updated Nov 5, 2021
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