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Sense Of Smell Loss
Variety of problems: Do not get worried, but some of the conditions to be aware of: initial signs of both parkinson's and alzheimer's, skull fracture injuring cribriform plate at base of brain, olfactory groove meningioma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Benign far more likely such as sinusitis, zinc deficiency, metabolic imbalance, medication reaction. Your doc can sort out and manage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of smell: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with cold, flu,Parkinson disease, stroke, head trauma, cerebral contusion, old age, Alzheimer, bells palsy, smell and taste are connected, if you cant smell you normally cannot taste. Spicy foods work. Condition may be dangerous because smoke cannot be smelt. Olfactory nerve transmits smell, may be affected by tumor/traum ...Read more
Nasal inflammation: Typically this occurs when your nose is inflamed either due to infection, allergies or some other reason. In people who lose their sense of smell intermittently, polyps can also be an issue. You would benefit greatly from a consultation with an ENT doctor. This consultation should include looking in your nose with a fiber-optic or telescope to see whether or not you have polyps. Most cases like yours can be successfully treated with medication. ...Read more
Being studied now!: Seems a quite active area for research now. Much would depend on reasons for the loss of smell sense. Also, without a trauma or disease cause, there are studies looking into that as a very early indicator of future alzheimer's or parkinson's. Efforts are all over the MAP - it's an interesting question. Some love this sense - others care less. I'd miss it a lot, so if this is you, i feel your loss. ...Read more
Can a virus in the sinus that is ongoing eventually making me loose my sense of smell and bringing on bouts of dizziness, numbness, and loss of energy?
Sinusitis: Hate to alarm you but this sounds as if you should be seen by a doctor asap and carefully evaluated. This has the potential to be quite severe, but may also be unremarkable. Always better safe than sorry. Go and see a doctor. ...Read more
Loss sense of smell after virus 2 months.Doctor prescribed fluticasone and azithromycin.Still can't smell. Doctor then gave me injection.Didnt work.
Could be hypo-osmia : Impt to know if complete loss or just poor sense of smell. If can smell burnt toast or similar strong odors, then hypo-osmia, and often due to rhinitis with or without nasal polyps. If fail nasal steroids, a short course of oral steroids (prednisone) should work a few days. If not, see ENT/neurologist. Avoid direct steroid injections; blindness has resulted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Damage to body: Smoke is toxic to the taste buds and the sensor for smell in the nasal passages. ...Read more
May need steroids: Sometimes after a cold the nose can become inflamed. This inflammation can then lead to difficulty with your sense of smell. If you can get to an ear nose and throat doctor you can have your nose looked at to make sure there are no polyps. A course of steroids may be of help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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