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Dr. L. Collins
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Lack Of Sense Of Smell (Overview)

Lack of sense of smell is a clinical finding in which a person lacks the ability to detect odors and likely also has impaired ability to taste. This can occur due to nerve injury, sinus or nasal congestion, or cocaine use.


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Does having anosmia mean that you have completely lost your sense of smell?

Does having anosmia mean that you have completely lost your sense of smell?

Yes: The term itself does mean that there is an absence of the sense of smell. Hyposmia is a diminished sense of smell. Some cases are secondary to nasal obstruction due to allergy, deviated septum with hypertrophic turbinates. A viral infection may injure the olfactory nerve twigs in the superior part of the nose. Very, very rarely a tumor of the base of the frontal lobe may be the cause. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins
32 doctors shared insights

Lack Of Sense Of Smell (Overview)

Lack of sense of smell is a clinical finding in which a person lacks the ability to detect odors and likely also has impaired ability to taste. This can occur due to nerve injury, sinus or nasal congestion, or cocaine use.


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Trying to get rid of a dizziness i've had for several years. Been to an ent. Put me on antibiotics and steroids. Got sense of smell back. Went away.?

Trying to get rid of a dizziness i've had for several years. Been to an ent. Put me on antibiotics and steroids. Got sense of smell back. Went  away.?

Complex: Your problem can be multifactorial. Ent is a good start. Try neurologist and get 2 nd opinion with ent. Primary care physician can be also a great help. ...Read more

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I have a lack of sense of smell and taste- what can I do?

I have a lack of sense of smell and taste- what can I do?

New or long time?: See an ENT for nasal and nasopharyngeal examination +/- smell test if indicated. Additional, possibly radiological studies may be needed. ...Read more

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I have a lack of sense of smell and taste- what to do about stuffed nose?

I have a lack of sense of smell and taste- what to do about stuffed nose?

See an ENT: You may have nasal polyps or another nasal mass, or even just allergies causing the problem. The ENT doctor can work you up correctly. ...Read more

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Does having anosmia mean that you have completely lost your sense of smell?

Yes: The term itself does mean that there is an absence of the sense of smell. Hyposmia is a diminished sense of smell. Some cases are secondary to nasal obstruction due to allergy, deviated septum with hypertrophic turbinates. A viral infection may injure the olfactory nerve twigs in the superior part of the nose. Very, very rarely a tumor of the base of the frontal lobe may be the cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Zuber
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Anosmia (Definition)

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