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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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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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Docs, could a person with anosmia taste flavor in their food or do they become tasteless?

Docs, could a person with anosmia taste flavor in their food or do they become tasteless?

Anosmia / test: Smell is important to taste, but some taste sensation occurs independently of smell. So there should be taste with anosmia, although it will be different. ...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.

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 common is anosmia in people?

See below:: The true incidence of anosmia is difficult to determine, although the national institutes of health have estimated that more than 2 million persons in the United States have a smell dysfunction. - ear, nose and throat journal december 1, 2001. ...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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Does anosmia cause loss of pheromone detection?

In a nutshell: The answer is no. Anosmic humans have not been found to have any sexual deficit. ...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

Dr. Adam Zuber
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Anosmia (Definition)

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 ...Read more