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Does Flonase (fluticasone propionate) impair sense of smell?

Does Flonase (fluticasone propionate) impair sense of smell?

Generally not: But you can never say never. If you think your sense of smell is diminished, first see your physician to make sure that your underlying allergies or chronic sinusitis haven't led to the development of nasal polyps despite the use of flonase. Then, you can try stopping it for a few days to see if your sense of smell returns. If so, ask your doctor to switch you to another steroid spray.

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Using flonase for rhinitis. Taking oral pred. Lost my sense of smell and taste. Understand this can be a side effect. Not acceptable. Advise?

Using flonase for rhinitis. Taking oral pred. Lost my sense of smell and taste. Understand this can be a side effect. Not acceptable. Advise?

Rinse with Saline: You can also try taking a nonsedating antihistamine like generic Zyrtec or Claritin. If you continue the Flonase I would suggest rinsing with the nasal saline afterwards

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Loss sense of smell after virus 2 months. Doctor prescribed fluticasone and azithromycin. Still can't smell. Doctor then gave me injection. Didn't work.

Loss sense of smell after virus 2 months. Doctor prescribed fluticasone and azithromycin. Still can't smell. Doctor then gave me injection. Didn't work.

Could be hypo-osmia: Impt to know if complete loss or just poor sense of smell. If can smell burnt toast or similar strong odors, then hypo-osmia, and often due to rhinitis with or without nasal polyps. If fail nasal steroids, a short course of oral steroids (prednisone) should work a few days. If not, see ENT/neurologist. Avoid direct steroid injections; blindness has resulted.

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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?

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There is a foul smell coming from my Flonase nasal spray bottles tip. Bacteria? Shall I use it or thoroughly clean it with alcohol beforehand?

There is a foul smell coming from my Flonase nasal spray bottles tip. Bacteria? Shall I use it or thoroughly clean it with alcohol beforehand?

No, don't use it: Get a new one, fungus can grow easily on steroid sprays, keep using the saline nasal washes, if you don't improve on flonase OTC, you need to get seen, mind you read the labels carefully on how to use it

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How could someone lose their sense of smell?

How could someone lose their sense of smell?

Trauma, infection: Complete loss of the sense of smell can follow certain upper respiratory infections trauma can impact the nerves from the olfactory system with loss of smell. Sometimes the loss is partial with sensitivity to certain smells and loss of others. Check in with your otolaryngologist for these.

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I have no sense of smell what could this be?

Anosmia: It is called anosmia. There are several potential causes. Best you see your doctor to have this looked into.

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My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

My sense of smell seems enhanced lately. What could that mean?

Good for you.: In pregnancy the sense of Smell get enhanced. After the resolution of long standing Cold/Congestion or Allergic Rhinitis; one gets sense of smell back.

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I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

I have an altered sense of smell and daily headache?

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.

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Is there any evidence for evolution of sense of smell?

Yes: All evidence for macroevolution is indirect but it's compelling. A more speculative piece came from Science 2011 http://www. Bbc. Co.uk/nature/13448202

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What is it called when you don't have a sense of smell?

Loss of smell: It is called anosmia, can be caused by viral infection, flu, or chronic sinus infection, polyps also can cause this, rarely, olfactory nerve diseases, tis also can affect taste, seek advice and evaluation, from ENT specialist

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Do headaches and acute sense of smell often go together?

Do headaches and acute sense of smell often go together?

Osmophobia maybe...: It sounds like you may be referring to what we technically call OSMOPHOBIA in the Headache world which is generally described in the context of a person who is suffering from a migraine type of headache but whose headache gets decidedly WORSE in its intensity when stimulated by otherwise NON-noxious aromas or smells. Write to me @: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi if you have more questions.

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What nerves transmit the sense of smell, vision and hearing?

Cranial nerves: Smell is by cranial #1, vision b y #2 and hearing by #8. Cranial nerves are nerves in the head and neck which do various functions and are given a sequential series of numbers as a designation but not for any other meaning.

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Lost sense of smell and taste after my operation. Is this normal?

Lost sense of smell and taste after my operation. Is this normal?

What operation: Not "normal" to have loss of smell and taste routinely following surgery unless this involved brain areas for those functions.

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Can loss of sense of smell affect short or/and long term memory?

Can loss of sense of smell affect short or/and long term memory?

Being studied now!: Seems a quite active area for research now. Much would depend on reasons for the loss of smell sense. Also, without a trauma or disease cause, there are studies looking into that as a very early indicator of future alzheimer's or parkinson's. Efforts are all over the MAP - it's an interesting question. Some love this sense - others care less. I'd miss it a lot, so if this is you, I feel your loss.

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I have a very weak / almost nonexistent sense of smell. What could it mean?

I have a very weak / almost nonexistent sense of smell. What could it mean?

Nasal obstruction: The most common cause of diminished smell is due to obstruction of the nasal passages resulting in the inability of molecules of air to reach the olfactory (smell) nerve) in the roof of the nasal cavity. Obstruction may be due to nasal allergy, mechanical obstruction, nasal polyps, certain drug abuse. Sometimes these causes can be treated.

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Please answer! What nerves transmit the sense of smell, vision and hearing?

Please answer! What nerves transmit the sense of smell, vision and hearing?

Cranial nerves: Smell is by a series of direct nerves from the upper portions of the nasal passages into the brain. Vision is by the optic nerve which exits the eye at the back. Hearing is by the otic nerve which also carries balance sensations to the brain from the inner ear. These are cranial nerves i, ii and viii.

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My friend lost his sense of smell because of strong chemicals at work. Will his smell ever come back?

My friend lost his sense of smell because of strong chemicals at work. Will his smell ever come back?

Unpredictable: If pt. Stops the exposure and he is young chances may increase to recover. In general is better to thing that once smell is gone it is not coming back unless it is caused by a cold, or virus which is temporal. Confirm this with an ear nose throat specialist.

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