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Doctor insights on: Altered Sense Of Taste And Smell Thyroid

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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Lost my sense of taste and smell using Flonase - how common?

Lost my sense of taste and smell using Flonase - how common?

Extremely uncommon: A more likely scenario is that the medication isn't working well and you have swollen nasal turbinates. Swollen nasal turbinates block air laden with odors from reaching your organ of smell, the olfactory nerve, in the roof of your nose. And if you can't smell your sense of taste will be compromised. Have you seen an ENT specialist or an allergist? ...Read more

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My sense of taste and smell are at about 10% I do not have a cold. What could it be. I ate half a raw beet today and no taste. I hate beets?

My sense of taste and smell are at about 10% I do not have a cold. What could it be. I ate half a raw beet today and no taste. I hate beets?

Complex problem: You really need to see an otolaryngologist for a full history and exam. This can be due to many things such as a mild viral infection (even if you don't feel you had a cold), a sinus infection, allergies, nasal polyps, nasal anatomy problems (deviated septum/ turbinate congestion), head trauma, nasal/sinus tumor, tongue & taste bud problems, and the list goes on.... ...Read more

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What would cause me to lose my sense of taste and smell I have a cold.

What would cause me to lose my sense of taste and smell I have a cold.

Your cold: The common cold is caused by rhinovirus. It typically causes swelling and inflammation of your nasal passages that alters smell. A large part of taste is based on your sense of smell. ...Read more

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For what reasons do we lose our sense of taste and smell when we have severe cold?

For what reasons do we lose our sense of taste and smell when we have severe cold?

Inflammation: When one has a viral upper respiratory infection, the mucous membranes within the nasal cavities become swollen. The olfactory (smell) nerve comes from the brain and enters the nose through the cribriform plate. The nerve endings detect the odorants that are inhaled through the nose. The swelling associated with a cold prevents smells from being sensed. Taste is impaired without sense of smell. ...Read more

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Could a cold cause me to lose sense of taste and smell?

It could temporarily: Diminish those senses. But that should return as you improve. ...Read more

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What to do if I lost my sense of taste and smell for at least 3 years?

What to do if I lost my sense of taste and smell for at least 3 years?

Get fully evaluated: Many reasons for loss of taste and smell, but chronic sinus problems could be present, you might have a problem at base of skull at cribriform plate, and in rare cases, a meningioma could be present in the olfactory groove. If absence of structural lesion, could try zinc supplements. ...Read more

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What causes you to lose your sense of taste and smell when you're ill?

What causes you to lose your sense of taste and smell when you're ill?

Blocked Nose: Congestion of nasal passage can do that. For taste clear unblocked nose is essential.
Some antibiotics can also do affect your taste and smell. ...Read more

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I've lost a lot of my sense of taste and smell. I started taking Finasteride in January. Could that be a side effect?

I've lost a lot of my sense of taste and smell. I started taking Finasteride in January. Could that be a side effect?

Smell and taste: Smell and taste are closely related. Often when people lose both, it is really the sense of smell that is lost, which in turn affects taste. Nasal congestion could be a factor. Your medicine is known to affect nasal congestion, but there are no reports of it affecting smell or taste, at least that I can find. If the medicine is the cause, a holiday from the medicine may be needed to be sure. ...Read more

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If you smoke marijuana and temporarily lose your sense of taste and smell randomly, does that mean you're allergic to the plant?

If you smoke marijuana and temporarily lose your sense of taste and smell randomly, does that mean you're allergic to the plant?

No, it does not: However, anyone taking marijuana with depersonalization or deralization should cease and desist, sine thc worsens such symptoms as well as social anxiety symptoms. Please consider stopping pot for your mental health. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have lost my sense of taste and smell about a week and a half ago. There are no signs of a sinus infection. What could be causing that?

I have lost my sense of taste and smell about a week and a half ago. There are no signs of a sinus infection. What could be causing that?

1st Cranial Nerve: Did you have any sort of blow to the head, whiplash injury or sudden movement of your skull? The nerve that transmits the sense of smell, the olfactory nerve, also provides a large part of the sense of taste and can be damaged by the injuries above. ...Read more

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I have a cold and I've lost my sense of taste and smell. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

I have a cold and I've lost my sense of taste and smell. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Depends: If you just lost your ability to smell/taste in the past day or so, use oxymetazoline (afrin) 1 spray each nostril 3x a day followed 10 minutes later by using nasal saline irrigations (sinus rinse or neti poti). Only use the afrin for up to 3 days, saline can be used indefinitely. If your sense of smell is not back in the next 3 days, get checked out. ...Read more

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I had an upper respiratory infection and lost my sense of taste and smell. Sense of taste has returned but now I smell smoky fumes all the time.

I had an upper respiratory infection and lost my sense of taste and smell. Sense of taste has returned but now I smell smoky fumes all the time.

Hard to tell: It sounds like you had a viral infection that injured the olfactory nerve fibers that are present at the top of the inside of the nose. If your sense of taste has returned, it is likely that the odd smell you have will also resolve. If it does not have an ENT doctor visualize the superior portion of the inside of your nose with an endoscope just to be sure that area is normal. ...Read more

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My mother went into kidney failure. She has come out of it, and is off dialysis, but has lost her sense of taste and smell. Is there a way heal that?

My mother went into kidney failure. She has come out of it, and is off dialysis, but has lost her sense of taste and smell. Is there a way heal that?

Here are some...: Glad to hear your mom has come out of dialysis, but the kidney function likely still remains marginal. The care for such clinical situation should focus on kidney-damaging drugs, adequate hydration, quality lifestyle without overindulgence, and following medical advice from the medical team. As to curing the kidney damage, it's virtually impossible to conform: Life is a one-way street of. .. ...Read more

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I have a question about my dad. He lost his sense of taste 4 days ago, but not his sense of smell, what could it be?

I have a question about my dad. He lost his sense of taste 4 days ago, but not his sense of smell, what could it be?

Different nerves: There are 12 cranial nerves that serve the body. Smell is negotiated by the olfactory nerve, taste is by another nerve altogether (although reduction in olfaction reduces taste). A consult with a neurologist is in order, good luck! ...Read more

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Does sexual arousal makes your sense of taste/smell different? I m a male in 30s.

Does sexual arousal makes your sense of taste/smell different? I m a male in 30s.

Yes: You should be commended for noticing. It's subtle, but it's been noticed by physiologists. ...Read more

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I have no sense of taste or smell. Lost it a couple of years ago. Catscan found brain aneurism (unrelated) which was clipped. Should I be concerned?

I have no sense of taste or smell. Lost it a couple of years ago. Catscan found brain aneurism (unrelated) which was clipped. Should I be concerned?

See an ENT: As a general rule you cannot smell, you cannot taste. A permanent loss of smell may be caused by the death of olfactory receptor or chronic sinus infection. See an ENT for evaluation to rule out sinus troubles. ...Read more

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High allergy! Lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.

High allergy! Lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.

Nasal allergies: When your nasal passages are congested, you lose your senses of smell and taste. You need a prescription nasal spray (not otc decongestant spray!) to improve your symptoms. See your doctor or a board certified allergist for best help with your nose problems. ...Read more

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Had a concussion (temporal lobe) 2 months ago. In hospital for 12 days. Still no sense of smell, sense of taste not v accurate. Will I recover please?

Had a concussion (temporal lobe) 2 months ago. In hospital for 12 days. Still no sense of smell, sense of taste not v accurate. Will I recover please?

B12 anyway: Olfactory nerves can be sheared with any head injury as they are vulnerable with many exits through the bone above the nose. It may take 6- 8 months to recover some smell but possibie it may not return. Good book recommended: “navigating smell and taste disorders” (demos health).
An ENT doctor may give steroids to reduce swelling in the area. Consider seeing a cranial- trained osteopath. ...Read more

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I breathed in too much bleach fumes and now all I can smell and taste is bleach, also my whole neck is hurting, it's been3hrs and symptoms are bad?

I breathed in too much bleach fumes and now all I can smell and taste is bleach, also my whole neck is hurting, it's been3hrs and symptoms are bad?

See doctor: If you are having so much trouble, you need to go to the ER or see your doctor now. Although inhalation of bleach can lead to irritation in the lung and airways, I don't think the neck pain is related. You need to seek medical care immediately. ...Read more