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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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. Sheila Smith
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

Dr. Adam Zuber
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Anosmia (Definition)

Anosmia is the lack of the ability to smell. Because the sense of smell is important to fully tasting food, it may be misinterpreted by a loss of the sense ...Read more