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Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

Help? I have lost my sense of smell and taste?

Loss of smell/taste: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with medical conditions such as flu, Parkinson disease, stroke, head trauma, cerebral contusion, old age, Alzheimer, bells palsy, smell and taste are connected, if you cant smell you normally cannot taste. Spicy foods work. Condition may be dangerous because smoke cannot be smelt. Olfactory nerve transmits smell, may be affected by tumor/trauma ...Read more

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I have lost my sense of smell and taste. What could this be?

I have lost my sense of smell and taste. What could this be?

Multiple causes: Differential diagnosis for just not being able to smell includes respiratory tract inflammation, uri, head injury, exposure to certain drugs or chemicals, autoimmune disorders, degenerative processes, certain genetic syndromes, and, most importantly, a neoplastic process (tumor.) you need to see a doctor! ...Read more

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What to do if I have lost my sense of smell and I don't know what caused it?

What to do if I have lost my sense of smell and I don't know what caused it?

Suggest: Visit otolaryngologist, and see if there are sinus or nasal issues. Sometimes, MRI can visualize problems affecting olfactory area. In some cases zinc supplements may help. ...Read more

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I had an addiction to making myself sneeze by sticking long hard objects up my nose, consequently I now have lost my sense of smell completely and ?

I had  an addiction to making myself sneeze by sticking long hard objects up my nose, consequently I now have lost my  sense of smell completely and  ?

Sense of smell gone: after self-inflicted nose trauma. See your doc to have an exam. He/she may refer you to an ENT doc. After that see a mental health professional for POSSIBLE OCD. Low zinc level in the body can also cause loss of smell. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have recently lost my sense of smell i'm not congested did have a cold around the neck area i got like a lump next to my neck and on the back of my head. I feel fine and can even breath just can't smell.

I have recently lost my sense of smell i'm not congested did have a cold around the neck area i got like a lump next to my neck and on the back of my head. I feel fine and can even breath just can't smell.

There : There are many causes of anosmia (loss of smell). These include: nasal polyps injury to the from surgery or head trauma. Exposure to toxic chemicals (i.E solvents or pesticides.) certain medications-most commonly antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory medications etc. Cocaine abuse old age medical conditions- including alzheimer's disease, parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, nutritional deficiencies, congenital conditions, and hormonal disturbances. Radiation treatment you should follow up with your doctor for a complete evaluation for this problem, to include work up of the "lump" on your neck and back. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have lost almost all of my sense of smell since i used afrin nasal spray three months ago. What do I do?

I have lost almost all of my sense of smell since i used afrin nasal spray three months ago. What do I do?

Loss of sense smell: If you are still using afrin (oxymetazoline) or nose spray you must stop it, as it is habit forming and causes irritation to nose. You need to consult with your doctor about loss of sense of smell. ...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 lost my sense of smell after a cold early last month. I get sporadic false sense of smell. For example smell of food when no one is cooking?

I lost my sense of smell after a cold early last month. I get sporadic false sense of smell. For example smell of food when no one is cooking?

Smell: Parosmia, i.e. smell distortion. Olfactory nerve endings damaged with cold. Usually regenerate. Depend on severity of viral infection, exposure to smoke, noxious chemicals, etc. Advice getting flu vaccination annually. Articles suggest that nerve endings can regenerate multiple times, i.e. 15-20x. Total anosmia is infrequent. if you can taste, there is residual smell function. ...Read more

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Had a tbi 4 months ago and i lost my sense of smell and taste. Everything smells and tastes the same will it ever come back? Tips on recovering

Had a tbi 4 months ago and i lost my sense of smell and taste. Everything smells and tastes the same will it ever come back? Tips on recovering

Loss of Taste: Probably not. The sense of smell is carried through small fibers of the olfactory nerve that pass through the front base of the skull. These fibers are easily injured. The taste and smell work together. Unless you are taking a medication known to affect your taste the taste buds are probably working but you don't have the sense of smell. If it does not return by 6 months, then not. ...Read more

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I lost my sense of smell about one year ago .. And I have a chronic sinusites now i'm using prednisolon does it have side effects if used in long term?

I lost my sense of smell about one year ago .. And I have a chronic sinusites now i'm using prednisolon does it have side effects if used in long term?

Steroid use: Yes, long term steroids can cause a lot of potential problems. It is helpful for a lot of medical conditions, but you want to get off of it if you possibly can. They do decrease swelling, but they also suppress your immune system, so you are at increased risk for contracting infections of all sorts. You can have significant water gain, weight gain, cataracts or even avascular hip necrosis. ...Read more

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I recently lost my sense of smell, the docs think it is allergy related any ideas on getting it back?

I recently lost my sense of smell, the docs think it is allergy related any ideas on getting it back?

See an ENT: It is most likely not allergy related. It may be from sinusitis or polyps or even a viral infection. Allergies can cause nasal symptoms but it takes more than an allergy to cause you to lose your sense of smell. An ENT doctor can look in your nose and see polyps and work up your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and I have been taking metformin and i've lost my sense of smell and taste. Is this a side effect of metformin. Could this happen?

I have diabetes and I have been taking metformin and i've lost my sense of smell and taste. Is this a side effect of metformin. Could this happen?

Not metformin: This is nit a side effect of metformin. 2 things you need to do right away. 1) start taking zinc 50 mg daily to restore your taste. 2) see your primary care doctor asap to determine the cause of your sensory loss. ...Read more

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After i had my baby, i lost my sense of smell as a result of a bad flu.24 tabs of prednisolone was prescribed 4 2wks.Will taking this cos weight gain?

Yes: Prednisolone is known to cause weight gain due to its tendency to make one crave carbohydrates, and due to its properties that puts the body in "conserve" mode. Fortunately, the weight can come off again with an increase in exercise and diet. ...Read more

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After giving birth, i lost my sense of smell as a result of a bad flu.24 tabs of prednisolone is prescribed for 2wks.Will taking this cos weight gain?

After giving birth, i lost my sense of smell as a result of a bad flu.24 tabs of prednisolone is prescribed for 2wks.Will taking this cos weight gain?

No : The regimen appears to be taking one tablet less every day until you finish the rx that is usual when it is used for a not too serious condition (although your problem is serious to you) this method does not give too much steroid and unless you are over sensitive will not cause any problem hope you have good results. ...Read more

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From burning in the nose of nasal spray i lost my sense of smell and taste. Can the nerve heal and i get the sense back?

From burning in the nose of nasal spray i lost my sense of smell and taste. Can the nerve heal and i get the sense back?

No guarantees.: See an ENT or allergist for a thorough evaluation. Best wishes! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/anosmia-loss-of-smell. ...Read more

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I lost my sense of smell after a mild concussion with no fracture, just a bruise and bump. Will it return? Please help! Thank you!

I lost my sense of smell after a mild concussion with no fracture, just a bruise and bump. Will it return? Please help! Thank you!

Perhaps: Working with the olfactory sense and retraining it can help. Begin with familiar scents to help stimulate the olfactory receptors. ...Read more

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