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Altered Sense Of Taste And Smell Thyroid
Causes of diminished sense of taste w/ normal sense of smell? Can distinguish between sweet, salty, bitter, etc., but lost the true "taste" of foods.
Is loss of taste and smell normal with aging — or could loss of taste and smell have other causes?
Some loss of taste and smell is natural with aging, especially after age 60: Various other factors also can contribute to loss of taste and smell, however, including: Nasal and sinus problems, such as allergies, sinusitis or nasal polyps, Certain medications, including beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Dental problems, Cigarette smoking, Head or facial injury, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. Loss of taste and smell can have a significant impact on quality of life, often leading to decreased appetite and poor nutrition. Sometimes loss of taste and smell contributes to depression. Loss of taste and smell also might tempt you to use excess salt or sugar on your food to enhance the taste — which could be a problem if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. If you're experiencing loss of taste and smell, consult your doctor. Although you can't reverse age-related loss of taste and smell, some causes of impaired taste and smell are treatable. For example, your doctor might adjust your medications if they're contributing to the problem. Many nasal and sinus conditions and dental problems can be treated as well. If you smoke, quitting can help restore your sense of smell. If necessary, your doctor might recommend consulting an allergist, an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist), a neurologist or other specialist. ...Read more
Sense of smell and taste has diminshed after an upper respertory infection and everything tastes the same ?
Loss of smell: This is very common after a respiratory infection. You cannot taste as well when you can't smell. This should improve in a few weeks. ...Read more
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
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
Smoking?: Most common is chronic damage to nerves of the nose and tongue from toxic exposure. Your complaints are very common for smokers or those who use asthma inhalers too much. Heavy metal toxicity can cause these symptoms. Lead, mercury and arsenic exposure can cause this. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more
2 possibilities: Loss of smell is often if not always associated with the loss of taste, even though the taste nerve fibers are functional. The two possibilities for anosmia (loss of smell) are blockage of the roof of the nose by a mass or inflammation, and degeneration of the olfactory nerve, the nerve of smell. I would first check with an ENT doctor to determine blockage and then a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
yes: And now what? Why are you asking? ...Read more
Parkinsons hallucina: Patients with neurodegenerative conditions like parkinson's may commonly complain of hallucinations and this includes taste, smell, visual and hearing. Typically don't see a lot of motor/tactile hallucinations. These hallucinations can be seen in a number of conditions and should be evaluated for other disturbances with further imaging in some cases. Typically not dangerous. ...Read more
High allergy! lost sense of smell therefore lost sense of taste.. I sneeze frequently and all wet sneezes, sensitive nose to any external stimuli.
Doubtful: Your question is very concerning. You're a diabetic, you state you are sad, and you're just reported loss of smell and taste. These need to be worked up. Is it you antidepressant medication? This is infamous. Do you have nasal polyps? Easy to fix. If you are also B12 deficient, this is extremely serious and needs to be worked up and addressed. But it's probably not the cause. ...Read more
What cld b cause of chronically inflamed taste buds over a 6 wk period? No change in sense of taste or smell, no odor, discoloration, or discharge
Varied: An excess of any supplement can cause a myriad of symptoms and there is inter-individual variability in who would experience a diminished sense of taste in particular. If you are concerned with a specific supplement, please schedule a consult for further discussion and guidance. ...Read more
Allergic Rhinitis: Allergic rhinitis, when accompanied by sinus congestion, can cause an increased pressure in the inner ear, which can cause ear pain, headache and dizziness. The fatigue may stem from restlessness due to nocturnal cough secondary to sinus drainage. Best of health to you! ...Read more
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