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Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now i can't smell or taste anything! my nose is no longer blocked.

Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now i can't smell or taste anything! my nose is no longer blocked.

Probably the cold: The sprays and decongestants usually do not have any effect on smell and taste. Its usually the cold virus that can cause inflammation in the upper nose leading to decreased sense of smell and then decreased taste. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause altered sense of smell?

What can cause altered sense of smell?

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 nasal endoscopy will check for nasal polyps ( which are usually due to allergies). If the endoscopy is normal, then a ct scan may be helpful in ensuring no other abnormalities in the skull base that can alter sense of smell. ...Read more

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I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

Polyps?: Allergy sufferers that have headaches and altered sense of smell (or no smell) can often be found to have nasal or sinus polyps. Polyps are benign tissue growths in the nose and sinuses and can alter normal drainage pathways. This can lead to headaches, sinus infections, and loss of smell and taste. Though they can be treated medically, surgery is also sometimes required. ...Read more

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Why do smokers lose their sense of smell or taste over time?

Damage to body: Smoke is toxic to the taste buds and the sensor for smell in the nasal passages. ...Read more

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I lost the sense of smell after geting cold?

I lost the sense of smell after geting cold?

May need steroids: Sometimes after a cold the nose can become inflamed. This inflammation can then lead to difficulty with your sense of smell. If you can get to an ear nose and throat doctor you can have your nose looked at to make sure there are no polyps. A course of steroids may be of help. ...Read more

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How can professional perfumers keep there sense of smell at peak?

Avoidance: Avoidance of noxious chemicals and use of ilicit medications that can cause olfactory damage. ...Read more

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What can cause a heightened sense of smell?

What can cause a heightened sense of smell?

Hard to say: Hard to say, if this has always been the case, then you are just fortunate and maybe should consider being a chef! if it is new, it's possible that you used to have some nasal issues that limited your sense of smell that have now improved (like allergies). If you are smelling something funny that is not actually there, then you should see an ent. ...Read more

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Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

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 age, Alzheimer, bells palsy, smell and taste are connected, if you cant smell you normally cannot taste. Spicy foods work. Condition may be dangerous because smoke cannot be smelt. Olfactory nerve transmits smell, may be affected by tumor/trauma ...Read more

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