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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Loss Of Smell

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I have just read an article saying loss of smell is an early predictor of death. My mu has lost hers. Worried. Please help!

I have just read an article saying loss of smell is an early predictor of death. My mu has lost hers. Worried. Please help!

What's the context.: Loss of smell could simply come from allergies, too. We can't take an isolated finding like the loss of the sense of smell and cal it a harbinger of death. But get her a check-up regardless. ...Read more

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I have a loss of smell and taste and when I do taste some things, it tastes burnt. I am not on meds, only used MJ twice. What could be a cause?

I have a loss of smell and taste and when I do taste some things, it tastes burnt. I am not on meds, only used MJ twice. What could be a cause?

A virus: This could be a major problem. You could have had a severe infection recently where the body was able to destroy the bacteria or virus, but in so doing has also mistakenly destroyed one of your cranial nerves. Not sure how long this has been present. See your doctor immediately for an evaluation. Also, begin using zinc 50 mg at bedtime daily. This may help restore your taste. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have loss my sense of smell. .....What is this a sign of?

I have loss my sense of smell. .....What is this a sign of?

Variety of problems: Do not get worried, but some of the conditions to be aware of: initial signs of both parkinson's and alzheimer's, skull fracture injuring cribriform plate at base of brain, olfactory groove meningioma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Benign far more likely such as sinusitis, zinc deficiency, metabolic imbalance, medication reaction. Your doc can sort out and manage. ...Read more

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I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

Its an uncommon: But disturbing side effect of Zinc and it is even more uncommon for it to be permanent...HOWEVER do NOT use it again! Time will "tell" be patient!

Hope this helps
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I have loss if smell but after taking antibiotic it returned. Why?

I have loss if smell but after taking antibiotic it returned. Why?

Possible sinusitis: Maybe you had a sinus infection that can cause a loss of smell and the antibiotic helped with the sinus infection. ...Read more

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What do loss of smell and taste suggest?

What do loss of smell and taste suggest?

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 more

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What exactly does it mean when all food smells sickly sweet from a complete loss of smell?

What exactly does it mean when all food smells sickly sweet from a complete loss of smell?

Phantosmia: With loss of the sense of smell, you can sometimes have excessively strong sense of odors, but they are somewhat like a release phenomenon. There are also sometimes events like small seizures in the areas of the brain that sense smell, the olfactory lobe. If this is constant, likely the effect of the loss of the sense. ...Read more

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What causes loss of taste and smell?

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

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What can cause long term loss of taste and smell?

What can cause long term loss of taste and smell?

Loss of Smell and Ta: Many problems may contribute to loss of taste and smell. Sinusitis, nasal polyps, allergies, viruses, vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalance and even tumors. Look at our site www. Nwnasalsinus. Com for more information and see your ENT physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

Nasal inflammation: Typically this occurs when your nose is inflamed either due to infection, allergies or some other reason. In people who lose their sense of smell intermittently, polyps can also be an issue. You would benefit greatly from a consultation with an ENT doctor. This consultation should include looking in your nose with a fiber-optic or telescope to see whether or not you have polyps. Most cases like yours can be successfully treated with medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about experiencing a complete loss of sense of smell when you got cold?

Can you tell me about experiencing a complete loss of sense of smell when you got cold?

Loss of smell: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with cold, 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/traum ...Read more

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Can colds or allergies cause loss of smell?

Can colds or allergies cause loss of smell?

Yes.: Because of Nasal Congestion either from Infection or Allergy, one looses or reduces sense of smell. Therefore you may notice the food also does not taste the same. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for long term loss of taste and smell?

Depends.: If it is due to something local to the nose, possibly; if the olfactory nerve is damaged, probably not. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does loss of smell indicate in 13 year old girls? They had 6 colds last year...

What does loss of smell indicate in 13 year old girls? They had 6 colds last year...

Hopefully: This is just from her colds and most likely suffer from allergies causing boggy turbinates affecting your sense of smell. Need to take decongestant histamines or allergy meds and nose sprays which your doctor can prescribe. Need to take it daily! Otherwise it is not going to help you. If persistent despite being compliant, then it is time to see ENT specialist. Of course sooner if other sxs arise. ...Read more

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Could metformin cause a loss of taste and smell?

Could metformin cause a loss of taste and smell?

Usually not: Tell your doctor you are having this problem. Acidosis, hypoglycemia and allergic reaction can occur. ...Read more

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Are anosmia loss of taste and ageusia loss of smell?

Are anosmia loss of taste and ageusia loss of smell?

Correct: These are the scientific terms for the loss of taste and smell, respectively. ...Read more

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Is loss of smell neurological or ENT problem?

Is loss of smell neurological or ENT problem?

ANOSMIA (LossOfSmell): Loss of smell can be nurological problem if olfactory nerve is affected
It can also be caused by temporary or permanent irritation or destruction of mucous membrane lining of the nose. It can be caused by
Acute&chronic sinusitis
common cold
Allergic rhinitis
Influenza
Chronic Congestion non allergic
Nasa; polyps Tumors
Olfactory Nerve by following
Alzeimer
Brain Surgery
Diabetes
MS
And other condit ...Read more

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Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

Yes sometimes a: Transient disturbance of your senses of smell and taste can be affected with great injury (infection) to the organs in question. However it should not last more than 3-5 days after the illness has passed. Medications can also do that, and on a more semi-permanent basis as long as you take those medications. Please see a healthcare provider to help you sort out what the cause was. ...Read more

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Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Yes, but: Moderate to severe paranasal sinus conditions certainly can cause changes in both senses. Fortunately, if treated effectively - often even only improved - they also improve or return. This can be a painful chronic condition that eludes treatment efforts - or it can be an acute, treatable thing. See an ENT for dx/planning/suggestions. It might help. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

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

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Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

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

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I am having a miscarriage, bleeding has slowed up but the loss is disgusting, smells so bad! . ..?

I am having a miscarriage, bleeding has slowed up but the loss is disgusting, smells so bad! . ..?

Call your OB: The odor is quite concerning. This might be a septic abortion (miscarriage) and you most likely need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled weed smoke nasally and experienced burning sensation through my sinuses, now I have loss of smell and taste. Will it come back?

I accidentally inhaled weed smoke nasally and experienced burning sensation through my sinuses, now I have loss of smell and taste. Will it come back?

Yes: Yes, any changes to your senses that you feel you're experiencing after inhaling the smoke should return soon. It's likely that the inhalation caused your nose to become stuffed up, or that the smell of the smoke was so strong that it's dominating other smells and tastes for you right now. ...Read more

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Can my loss of appetite and aversion to smell be a symptom/result of being on my period?! This happens almost every time I'm on my cycle. Thanks!

Can my loss of appetite and aversion to smell be a symptom/result of being on my period?! This happens almost every time I'm on my cycle. Thanks!

Yes: The hormonal changes that come with your period can cause that sensation. It is important that you find things that you can eat during that time in order to keep up your nutrition. Taking a multivitamin is also a good idea. ...Read more

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I've been have greasy stool that smell really bad. Along with weight loss but I've noticed the stool vary in color from orange/reddish to green.?

I've been have greasy stool that smell really bad. Along with weight loss but I've noticed the stool vary in color from orange/reddish to green.?

Hang in there: Hello Mike, sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well lately. Are there any foods which you notice that upset your stomach? There are several things to consider in order to come to a proper evaluation and try to narrow down the possible causes. Stress, new dietary changes, new medications, or recent illnesses can all contribute to your symptoms. I can help. Please contact me privately. ...Read more

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About 70% Loss of smell/taste for nearly a year. Checked inside nose and Mri nothing. I have just hocked up lot of blood in mucus is this related?

About 70% Loss of smell/taste for nearly a year. Checked inside nose and Mri nothing. I have just hocked up lot of blood in mucus is this related?

May be: Blood hocking is not normal... It's hard to know if it's related. One option is that you have severe reflux and gastric ulcers that can cause bleeding and loss of taste/smell. But there are other causes for spitting blood- so see a doctor ...Read more