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Intermittent Loss Of Smell
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Correct: These are the scientific terms for the loss of taste and smell, respectively. ...Read more
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
Chronic Congestion non allergic
Nasa; polyps Tumors
Olfactory Nerve by following
And other condit ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Unlikely: Probably not, at least not directly. Is anosmia recent or have you always had it? ...Read more
I am having a miscarriage, bleeding has slowed up but the loss is disgusting, smells so bad! . ..?
Have sinus infection. Experiencing loss of smell and taste. Is this common? What causes this & how long should I expect this?
Should I see a ENT for loss of smell/taste? Recently had sinusitis, treated with a zpak. It's been almost 2 weeks, should I wait a little longer?
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
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!
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