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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
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
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
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
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
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