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I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

Its an uncommon: but disturbing side effect of Zinc and it is even more uncommon for it to be permanent...HOWEVER do NOT use it again! Time will "tell" be patient! Hope this helps Z ...Read more

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About 70% Loss of smell/taste for nearly a year. Checked inside nose and Mri nothing.. I have just hocked up lot of blood in mucus is this related?

About 70% Loss of smell/taste for nearly a year. Checked inside nose and Mri nothing.. I have just hocked up lot of blood in mucus is this related?

May be: blood hocking is not normal... It's hard to know if it's related. One option is that you have severe reflux and gastric ulcers that can cause bleeding and loss of taste/smell. But there are other causes for spitting blood- so see a doctor ...Read more

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Getting CT scan for sinuses done in two weeks. Have constant congestion, loss of smell/taste. Issues swallowing. Could scan show issues swallowing?

Getting CT scan for sinuses done in two weeks. Have constant congestion, loss of smell/taste. Issues swallowing. Could scan show issues swallowing?

No: A CT of the sinuses is a very focused study, and while it does show the back of the throat, tonsils, adenoids, this is all stuff the doctor can see just by looking in your mouth so the CT adds nothing to the evaluation for swallowing. It will get some fantastic pictures of your sinuses though and is primarily used to determine if surgery or balloon sinuplasty may be helpful. ...Read more

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What do loss of smell and taste suggest?

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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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?

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

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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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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