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Loss Of Smell And Taste Sinusitis
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Is loss of taste and smell normal with aging — or could loss of taste and smell have other causes?
Some loss of taste and smell is natural with aging, especially after age 60: Various other factors also can contribute to loss of taste and smell, however, including: Nasal and sinus problems, such as allergies, sinusitis or nasal polyps, Certain medications, including beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Dental problems, Cigarette smoking, Head or facial injury, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. Loss of taste and smell can have a significant impact on quality of life, often leading to decreased appetite and poor nutrition. Sometimes loss of taste and smell contributes to depression. Loss of taste and smell also might tempt you to use excess salt or sugar on your food to enhance the taste — which could be a problem if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. If you're experiencing loss of taste and smell, consult your doctor. Although you can't reverse age-related loss of taste and smell, some causes of impaired taste and smell are treatable. For example, your doctor might adjust your medications if they're contributing to the problem. Many nasal and sinus conditions and dental problems can be treated as well. If you smoke, quitting can help restore your sense of smell. If necessary, your doctor might recommend consulting an allergist, an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist), a neurologist or other specialist. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I can't speak, severe chest and nasal congestion, ear and throat pain, loss of appetite, lack of smell and taste. What can I do?
Go to the Doctor: It is very simple. You sign off of the internet and go see your physician. Today. You are sick. I believe your 'question' would represent the very definition of when it is time to get to the family medical clinic. ...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
Causes of diminished sense of taste w/ normal sense of smell? Can distinguish between sweet, salty, bitter, etc., but lost the true "taste" of foods.
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
Sinusitis: This certainly sounds like a significant sinusitis. When you lose your sense of smell and taste the nose is so blocked up that air can't get into the parts of your nose responsible for smell. You should see your primary care doctor or your ENT doctor for treatment which may include antibiotics and possibly oral steroids. ...Read more
It could temporarily: Diminish those senses. But that should return as you improve. ...Read more
Sense of smell and taste has diminshed after an upper respertory infection and everything tastes the same ?
Loss of smell: This is very common after a respiratory infection. You cannot taste as well when you can't smell. This should improve in a few weeks. ...Read more
Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline): Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline) and drink plenty of water. Hopefully the medications side effects (if indeed caused by afrin (oxymetazoline)) will eventaully resolve, and your sense of taste and smell may come back. If this persisits, see an ear nose and throat dr. For an eval. Best wishes. ...Read more
Need more info!: It depends on how much and how frequent the nose bleed is. Is it on one side or both? Frequent bleeding particularity in the presence of bleeding from other sites or having family history may warrant workup for bleeding disorder. Headache with nose bleed can be due to high blood pressure. Need to check with your doctor for history, examination and testing.. ...Read more
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