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What is anosmia?

What is anosmia?

Loss of smell: This is the medical term for the loss of smell. It has many causes, but nasal and sinus disease are probably the most common. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Lack Of Sense Of Smell (Definition)

Lack of sense of smell is a clinical finding in which a person lacks the ability to detect odors and likely also has impaired ability to taste. This can occur due to nerve injury, sinus or nasal ...Read more


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How can I address anosmia?

How can I address anosmia?

Find reason: Loss of smell can be associated with nasal or sinus inflammation or infection, and/or congestion, but can occur after head trauma especially with injury to olfactory nerve at base of skull (cribiform plate).. Some patients improve with zinc supplements, some do better with sinus surgery. Medication rxtns, early parkinson's and alzheimer's may be causative. ...Read more

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How common is anosmia in people?

How common is anosmia in people?

See below:: The true incidence of anosmia is difficult to determine, although the national institutes of health have estimated that more than 2 million persons in the United States have a smell dysfunction. - ear, nose and throat journal december 1, 2001. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anosmia?

Sense of smell: You don't have a normal sense of smell, and possibly taste. ...Read more

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How would you manage my anosmia?

Unknown: First, the cause of anosmia (inability to smell) must be determined. If air is not getting into the nose, that can be surgically corrected but if the nerves involved in the sense of smell have been damaged by a viral infection or a skull fracture, only tincture of time will help. Some people think zinc supplements can help but the evidence has not always shown that is true. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anosmia?

Loss of smell: The term is consistent with complete loss of smell sensation, and this will likely alter taste secondarily. There are many causes, including trauma, and loss of smell in the elderly with onset of alzheimer's or parkinson's. ...Read more

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I have anosmia will i get medication?

I have anosmia will i get medication?

See a doctor: The inability to smell is a serious sign and needs evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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What's anosmia and who gets this condition?

Loss of smell: There are many causes, and among these might be local problems in the nose and sinus, traumatic damage at the upper nose and base of skull, intracranial diseases, medication rxtns, usage of Cocaine or intranasal drugs, and, in older folks associated with early alzheimer's or parkinson's disease. ...Read more

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Does anosmia cause loss of pheromone detection?

In a nutshell: The answer is no. Anosmic humans have not been found to have any sexual deficit. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for anosmia?

What are the treatments for anosmia?

Depend on cause: Anosmia may simply be due to the nasal tissue swelling that occurs with a cold, sinus infection, or allergies. If that is the case, appropriate medication to treat the cause will often improve the sense of smell. Other causes may be less amenable to treatment. See you doctor for evaluation for possible causes of anosmia. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Zuber
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Anosmia (Definition)

Anosmia is the lack of the ability to smell. Because the sense of smell is important to fully tasting food, it may be misinterpreted by a loss of the sense ...Read more