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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 Z ...Read more

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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