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Sense Smell Taste
I haven't been able to smell or taste for 2 weeks. I thought it was a cold but usually I only lose my sense of smell/taste for a few days. Why?
Acute neuropathy: I have seen this before. In the absence of head injury, it is somewhat of a mystery. I had one patient lose her smell and taste after a flu vaccine. I think it is due to a neuropathy or acute nerve disease of the olfactory nerve, the nerve that delivers smell, which would also affect taste. I always give a trial of steroids. ...Read more
Temporarily yes: But this should not be a longnterm problem and if it persists may be indicative of problems with your olfactory apparatus. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more
Loss of smell/taste: Anosmia which is loss of smell can be associated with medical conditions such as 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/trauma ...Read more
Damage to body: Smoke is toxic to the taste buds and the sensor for smell in the nasal passages. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Differential diagnosis for just not being able to smell includes respiratory tract inflammation, uri, head injury, exposure to certain drugs or chemicals, autoimmune disorders, degenerative processes, certain genetic syndromes, and, most importantly, a neoplastic process (tumor.) you need to see a doctor! ...Read more
Depends on cause:
Most common causes of loss of smell are nasal and sinus disease, uri, and head trauma. Taste loss can be due to dentures or oral disease and bell's palsy. Medication can alter your smell and taste.
A complete head and neck examination with an endoscopic +/- radiologic look in your nose and nasopharynx will be needed. ...Read more
Why does my sense of smell and taste off? Noticed this for a few months maybe since my grandfather died idk?
There can be any of: A number of reasons for this symptom. Some are serious and some are not. The only way to know for certain is to see a health care professional and receive appropriate testing. Make an appointment today. ...Read more
Why does my sense of smell and taste off? Noticed this for a few months maybe since my grandfather died idk? What kind of tests are needed?
Smell and taste: Smell and taste can be effected for people with allergies. Zinc deficiency can also effect for sense of smell and taste. ...Read more
I have lost my sense of smell and taste 2 different times this year. It lasts for about 2 weeks and then comes gradually back. Any MS connection?
Not MS: Sounds like an issue within the nasopharynx, or sinuses, and an otolaryngologist would be your best resource. ...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
Since one year I have been having perverted sense of smell and taste. Some foods taste horrible so I can't even eat. Is this because of insomnia?
Get evaluated: Since there are several medical conditions that can cause changes in taste and smell, it would be a good idea to consult with your primary care doctor. Once these are ruled out, other psychological issues can be explored. ...Read more
Should I be concerned that I rarely feel cold (even in extreme temps -20F)have little to no sense of smell or taste, and don't get adrenaline rushes?
New or long time?: See an ENT for nasal and nasopharyngeal examination +/- smell test if indicated. Additional, possibly radiological studies may be needed. ...Read more
Yes: You should be commended for noticing. It's subtle, but it's been noticed by physiologists. ...Read more
Hi there how long does it take to retrieve sense of smell or taste after a cold? Nose feel clearer still lose smell n taste
Smell & taste: It may take between 2 to 4 weeks to fully recover. It depends on how severe the initial infection was. There are rare cases where a viral illness can permanently eradicate the sense of smell and taste. If you have a persistent problem, you should see an ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Had a tbi 4 months ago and I lost my sense of smell and taste. Everything smells and tastes the same will it ever come back? Tips on recovering
Loss of Taste: Probably not. The sense of smell is carried through small fibers of the olfactory nerve that pass through the front base of the skull. These fibers are easily injured. The taste and smell work together. Unless you are taking a medication known to affect your taste the taste buds are probably working but you don't have the sense of smell. If it does not return by 6 months, then not. ...Read more
Mom had flu two months ago, it was tough that it made her lose her sense of smell and taste. And she still has this problem, why? What should I do?
Anosmia?: It is not unusual to lose the sense of smell/taste during a viral infection. Is it persisting because there are some background allergies. Is she having a lot of nasal congestion/fullness. I would then consider fluticasone nasal spray 2 squirts/nostril daily as a trial. Nasal polyps could cause this as well. It would be unusual about other causes. ...Read more
Mom had flu two months ago, it was tough that it made her lose her sense of smell and taste. And she still has this problem, why? What should be done?
Time to see doc: This symptom has gone on for to long. She needs to see doctor for exam ...Read more
My mom is 55, she temporarily lost her sense of smell and taste - for about a month - and since then, she says everything she eats tastes like perfume?
Hmmm?: That is an odd presentation of symptoms. Sinus infections can sometimes alter a persons sense of smell and taste. Other issues can be an irritation (of any kind) that affects the nerves that innervate those areas, thus affecting the senses, ...just as bells palsy will affect the facial nerve and cause a drooping etc. Have mom evaluated by the Doctor if it persists. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have to have an operation within the cribriform plate ethmoid region how high is the risk of losing sense of taste/smell?
Using flonase for rhinitis. Taking oral pred. Lost my sense of smell and taste. Understand this can be a side effect. Not acceptable. Advise?
I have diabetes and I have been taking metformin and I've lost my sense of smell and taste. Is this a side effect of metformin. Could this happen?
Am a 68 year old male, have recently lost sense of smell, can taste but less acute as previously. Have mucous in sinuses, could that be the problem?
Lost all sense of smell and taste overnight last week. I only sense texture. History: had a head cold and used nostrilla. Toxic exposure at wtc for 120 days.
Bitter medicine placed in tooth after root canal will not fade even post-crown. Have altered sense of taste/smell. What's in it, will it go away?
Taste: You may want to ask your dentist what he/she used. Ask was some of that material sealed within the tooth. ...Read more
My mom lost her sense of smell and taste in her early 20's we think because she was anorexic and bulemic. She's 49 now. And I would really like to help her get it back. Is there anything we can do or is it to late. She also now suffers from seizures but th
I: I would have to guess that she has already been fully worked-up for the seizure disorder with imaging of the brain (mri?). One of the most common causes of loss of the sense of smell (anosmia) is nerve damage thought to be due to a virus. Moany people will have the history of a cold a few weeks before the loss. Unfortunately, this type of loss usually does not come back if it doesn't improve within the first few months. Other causes include inflammation and infection and polyps in the nose--not likely, but if she has symptoms of these, she may want a full evaluation of the nose and sinuses. Head trauma can damage the nerve that carries the signals to the brain. Rarely, tumors can also cause this problem--that is why I asked about the mri. Some vitamin deficiencies can cause it. ...Read more
See an ENT: You may have nasal polyps or another nasal mass, or even just allergies causing the problem. The ENT doctor can work you up correctly. ...Read more