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Doctor insights on: Loss Of Smell Taste

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What causes loss of taste and smell?

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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Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

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

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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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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

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Loss of taste symptom of ?

Chronic sinusitis?: Loss of taste is the number one symptoms of chronic sinus infection or inflammation. You also need to evaluate any medications because they may also contribute to your loss of taste. You should be evaluated for allergies and sinus health. ...Read more

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Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

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

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What can cause altered sense of smell?

What can cause altered sense of smell?

Obstruction: Diminished or altered ense of smell is likely due to poor airflow to the roof of the nose where the nerve endings for smell are located. A thorough nasal endoscopy will check for nasal polyps ( which are usually due to allergies). If the endoscopy is normal, then a ct scan may be helpful in ensuring no other abnormalities in the skull base that can alter sense of smell. ...Read more

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Lack of smell and taste linked to fungal infection in sinus?

Lack of smell and taste linked to fungal infection in sinus?

Those symptoms...: Are not specific for fungal sinusitis. They could occur with a viral or bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can dental implants cause loss of taste. Can taste or sense sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, but not taste foods.

Can dental implants cause loss of taste. Can taste or sense sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, but not taste foods.

Likely not: In 35 years of practice, never heard or read of this occurring. Typical implant placement sites do not go near the areas which provide these. I would suggest seeing an Oral Medicine specialist if these things have occurred. Further references might follow from there. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

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

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Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

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

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Is mouth metallic taste sign of menstruation?

Is mouth metallic taste sign of menstruation?

Many causes: There are many causes of metallic taste in your mouth. One of the causes may be related to hormonal changes during menstruation and pregnancy. It can also be caused by deficiency in vitamins or certain minerals, periodontal or gum infections, diseases like diabetes, and many more. See your doctor if you are concerned and they can find the cause. ...Read more

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Could a cold cause me to lose sense of taste and smell?

It could temporarily: Diminish those senses. But that should return as you improve. ...Read more

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Feel metallic taste in the mouth and nausea. ?

Feel metallic taste in the mouth and nausea.
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Medications ?: Metallic taste is often a side effect of certain medications. Your post did not say. Discuss your problem with your physician. ...Read more

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Bitter taste in mouth correlated to losing weight?

Bitter taste in mouth correlated to losing weight?

May be from fasting: Fasting leads to ketones which changes the breath odor and taste. An empty stomach can also allow bile reflux and bile is bitter. ...Read more