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Doctor insights on: Olfactory Nerve Damage

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can dust get up to the olfactory nerve?

Can dust get up to the olfactory nerve?

Not exactly: Your olfactory nerve is from your brainstem and its branches eventually make their way to your nasal mucosa and receive input from your nose i.e. smell. Things do not go up the nerve as such only the information the nerve endings receive. ...Read more

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I lost my taste from having the flu about a year ago will it ever come back ? Can the olfactory nerve heal?

I lost my taste from having the flu about a year ago will it ever come back ? Can  the olfactory nerve heal?

Waiting a Year?: You have waited a year without any specialist evaluation and treatment? Please go see an expert in this field. Your family physician will help you with that. ...Read more

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Lost taste/smell 5 mos. ago after URI, should I see a Neurologist or wait it out? Heard it can take up to 2 yrs. for the olfactory nerve to repair.

Would wait: I would wait. Look at your medications, if any, and stop smoking if you do so.

It is not common neurologists can not solve this problem. They may often order a brain MRI and if it is normal just ask you to wait.

Often, loss of taste occurs DUE TO loss of smell. ...Read more

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I mix lot bleach and toilet cleaner and was exposed to a powerful gas for few seconds. I jumped into fresh air. Did i damage my lungs/olfactory nerve?

I mix lot bleach and toilet cleaner and was exposed to a powerful gas for few seconds. I jumped into fresh air. Did i damage my lungs/olfactory nerve?

Unlikely: If bleach or toilet cleaner touched your eyes, you would need to go to ER asap. Otherwise, if you just smelled fumes, you likely have not caused any permanent damage in your lungs or nerves. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage heal?

Can nerve damage heal?

Yes: If the damage does not cause the nerve to be completely cut, then healing can occur. If a nerve has been cut, it will need to be reconnected in order to grow. Nerve grows about 1 mm/day, so depending on where the injury is, it may take over a year for recovery. It is difficult after a nerve is cut to get 100% recovery, but some return of sensation can be expected after repair. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Can nerve damage reverse itself?

Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available. ...Read more

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How permanent can nerve damage be?

How permanent can nerve damage be?

Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement? ...Read more

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How do I know if I have nerve damage?

How do I know if I have nerve damage?

Nerve injury: An examination would be the place to start. If there is evidence of a nerve problem it could be further evaluated as to extent of injury with electro diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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What should I do about the nerve damage?

What should I do about the nerve damage?

Nerve pain: You must be treated by a neurologist or pain physician. Do your best to try non-addictive pills first. Pain medicines, opioids, should be back up medicines and not your first choice. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

What is the definition or description of: nerve damage?

A : A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut.
A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb.
Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well.
Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost.
A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend surgical repair if needed. ...Read more

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Doctors, please help me! (nerve damage?

Etiology: First find out why it is happening. There could be many reasons such as secondary to a disease like diabetes, a lack of a specific protein, a herniated disc in your back, a nutitional deficiency, an injury. First you need to find out why you got it and then you can move on from there. ...Read more

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Could you with severed nerve damage recover?

It depends: If a nerve is completely severed in half it is highly unlikely that function will recover. If it is only partially severed there is a fair chance. Nerve's repair very slowly. It will take anywhere from 6mo - 1y to see what function recovers.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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L1fracture and reproductive nerve damage possible?

Pudendal Nerve: Root value is s2, (racepinephrine) s3, s4. If you have a L1 fracture, (pretty far: 5-6 inches from s2: l1, l2, l3, l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) s3, s4, s5) in order to affect spinal cord and s2, (racepinephrine) 3, 4, a lot more things including strength in lower legs would be affected. If your strength in your legs fine, it would be difficult to imagine you affected the fibers coming out lower. http://www.pudendal.com. ...Read more

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Can you have nerve damage that an EMG doesn't pick up on?

EMG-NCS: can overlook nerve damage in several ways. First, the condition may not be involving the particular nerves studied. (wrong nerves tested). secondly, as is often the case with autonomic and pure sensory nerve involvement the condition can escape detection because it is in a mild stage or we have no baseline with which to compare it (this is why nerve biopsy is sometimes ordered) ...Read more

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What are some signs that nerve damage in the head is progressing?

It depends: It depends on the area of the brain or spinal cord involved and the severity of the involvement. There are numerous possible answers to your question. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable , and the acupuncture needles flexible.Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve.
Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided .
Acupuncture points are located along the fascias(very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read more

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How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

How can I treat elbow nerve damage?

Cubital tunnel: Most commonly, ulnar nerve is trapped at the level of the olecranon fossa at back of the elbow, and treatment can involve medication, pt, steroid injection, or surgical nerve transfer out of harms way. Less common, is involvement of median nerve at the front of the elbow. An EMG study can help guide treatment interventions. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Can nerve damage lead to arthritis?

Yes: Some nerves give feedback to your brain and spinal cord, helping your body to protect them. When they fail, the joints can be exposed to excess force without you knowing it. This is called a neuropathic (or charcot) joint. It is seen fairly often in the feet of people with the neuropathy (nerve damage) associated with diabetes mellitus. ...Read more

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How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

How do you treat bicep nerve damage?

DependsOnTypeInjury: If the nerve is crushed, given time it will probably grow back on its own in 1-2 yrs.If it was severed, it may or may not repair itself.Physical rehabilitation can help the re-wiring process.Also, if the nerve is injured due to inflammation, neuroprolotherapy may help function return. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Can nerve damage make a man infertile?

Possibly: Men that have had back surgery especially lowered in the spinal column in the area where the nerves control the reproductive area may develop subfertility. This surgery may compromise the ability to ejaculate and maintain erection and may even possibly affect sperm production. ...Read more

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Any solution for penile nerve damage ?

Here are some...: First, one needs to figure out what & why makes you think that you have penile nerve damage. So, collect the related information on the onset, degree, & progress over time with its sequence of events, & bring those to Doc for anylysis, physicals, & possible tests so to deduce possible Dx for proposing possible Rx. But, up to now, there is no known Rx to solve nerve damage, but lifestyle may help.. ...Read more

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What causes chorda tympani nerve damage?

What causes chorda tympani nerve damage?

Usually Bell's palsy: If the bell's involves a more complex and distal portion of nerve vii, can see issues with this nerve. Also, involved in "nervus intermedius" neuralgia, and when acoustic neuromas become very large. ...Read more

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Obturator nerve damage, how long to heal?

Variable: If the nerve is cut and repaired at the original surgery, the prognosis is usually good, but recovery can take about one year. This is because the nerve regenerates only about one inch per month. Alternatively, if the extent of damage is uncertain after the original surgery, physical therapy is prescribed for three months. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more