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Dr. Adam Zuber
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Anosmia (Overview)

Anosmia is the lack of the ability to smell. Because the sense of smell is important to fully tasting food, it may be misinterpreted by a loss of the sense of taste as well.


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Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

It can: The olfactory (smell) nerve fibers are located in the upper nose in a small area. Swelling from infection can block the smell molecules from getting uo to the olfactory nerve fibers. This is usually temporary. Also, certain viruses can directly damage the olfactory nerve fibers sometimes causing permanent anosmia. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Zuber
47 doctors shared insights

Anosmia (Overview)

Anosmia is the lack of the ability to smell. Because the sense of smell is important to fully tasting food, it may be misinterpreted by a loss of the sense of taste as well.


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Does having anosmia mean that you have completely lost your sense of smell?

Does having anosmia mean that you have completely lost your sense of smell?

Yes: The term itself does mean that there is an absence of the sense of smell. Hyposmia is a diminished sense of smell. Some cases are secondary to nasal obstruction due to allergy, deviated septum with hypertrophic turbinates. A viral infection may injure the olfactory nerve twigs in the superior part of the nose. Very, very rarely a tumor of the base of the frontal lobe may be the cause. ...Read more

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How'd u treat anosmia from sah/skull fracture 11 years ago? Losing taste & appetite also & it's getting worse. My MRI is clean.

How'd u treat anosmia from sah/skull fracture 11 years ago? Losing taste & appetite also & it's getting worse. My MRI is clean.

Not much to do.: The tiny nerves that go from the nose to the brain that give sense of smell were probably torn with the injury. That does not show up on mri. These nerves do not regenerate so there is little chance of regaining sense of smell. Taste is made up largely of sense of smell so that is why things don't taste good either. ...Read more

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How would you manage my anosmia?

Unknown: First, the cause of anosmia (inability to smell) must be determined. If air is not getting into the nose, that can be surgically corrected but if the nerves involved in the sense of smell have been damaged by a viral infection or a skull fracture, only tincture of time will help. Some people think zinc supplements can help but the evidence has not always shown that is true. ...Read more

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I am looking for an anosmia treatment other than prednisone?

I am looking for an anosmia treatment other than prednisone?

See below:: In cases of anosmia caused by sinus infections, antibiotics can clear up the sinus infection, thus curing the anosmia. It may require many months of antibiotic treatment for the sense of smell to return. Other options: polyps removed; zinc and lutein supplements; adjustments done by a chiropractor (top of neck, behind ears). ...Read more

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What are the treatments for anosmia?

What are the treatments for anosmia?

Depend on cause: Anosmia may simply be due to the nasal tissue swelling that occurs with a cold, sinus infection, or allergies. If that is the case, appropriate medication to treat the cause will often improve the sense of smell. Other causes may be less amenable to treatment. See you doctor for evaluation for possible causes of anosmia. ...Read more

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Is there any chance that my anosmia will "cure itself"? There is no sinus blockage or inflamation. Doctors tell me there is no treatment. Any hope?

Depends: Depends on the cause. There are very many causes for loss of smell. Needs to be checked out. Some say that taking zinc tablets may help if zinc deficiency is the cause. ...Read more

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What's anosmia and who gets this condition?

Loss of smell: There are many causes, and among these might be local problems in the nose and sinus, traumatic damage at the upper nose and base of skull, intracranial diseases, medication rxtns, usage of Cocaine or intranasal drugs, and, in older folks associated with early alzheimer's or parkinson's disease. ...Read more

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I have anosmia will i get medication?

I have anosmia will i get medication?

See a doctor: The inability to smell is a serious sign and needs evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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What is anosmia?

Loss of smell: This is the medical term for the loss of smell. It has many causes, but nasal and sinus disease are probably the most common. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Lack Of Sense Of Smell (Definition)

Lack of sense of smell is a clinical finding in which a person lacks the ability to detect odors and likely also has impaired ability to taste. This can occur due to nerve injury, sinus or nasal ...Read more