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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 could cause the sense of taste to change?

What could cause the sense of taste to change?

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 detected. Olfactory nerve transmits smell,may be affected by tumor/trauma ...Read more

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I have lost my sense of taste of what could be the cause?

I have lost my sense of taste of what could be the cause?

If persistent>ENT DR: Loss of sense of taste can be due to abnormalities of the taste receptors or the olfactory apparatus(much of what we perceive as "flavor" depends on sense of smell). Fortunately most causes are the temporary result of the common cold, sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis. Other causes include nasal polyps, Niacin(Vit B3) and Zinc deficiency, Diabetes, hypothyroidism and side effect of medication. ...Read more

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Do you lose sense of taste with aging?

Do you lose sense of taste with aging?

Not uncommon: Losing sense of taste with aging is quite common. Basically, the nerve endings that give us taste simply wear out. ...Read more

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How to know if i lost my sense of taste forever?

Need to be examined: Cannot answer question without being examined. Discuss with your doctor and you may need to see a specialist to answer your question. ...Read more

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How can I get my sense of taste back?

How can I get my sense of taste back?

Suggestions: It is unlikely that you have lost your sense of taste, independently, but rather, more likely, you have had a problem with sense of smell, and secondary issues with taste. On occasion, zinc supplements may help, but I would highly recommend a visit to an ENT specialist to get this worked out thoroughly. ...Read more

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Can I stop myself from losing my sense of taste?

Can I stop myself from losing my sense of taste?

Yes you can: You can help youself by not smoking, cosuming chewing tobacco, not using coccaine or other illicit drugs.Getting treated for nasal allergies and sinus infections properly, and not using long term over the counter nasal decongestants, and having regular dental check ups, brushing and flossing properly. ...Read more