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Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Doubtful: Your question is very concerning. You're a diabetic, you state you are sad, and you're just reported loss of smell and taste. These need to be worked up. Is it you antidepressant medication? This is infamous. Do you have nasal polyps? Easy to fix. If you are also B12 deficient, this is extremely serious and needs to be worked up and addressed. But it's probably not the cause. ...Read more

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Can a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and a steroid nasal spray like fluticasone taken too much over time cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a decongestant like Mucinex (guaifenesin) and a steroid nasal spray like fluticasone taken too much over time cause loss of smell and taste?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Is not a nasal decongestant. It is same as Guaifenesin or plain Robitussin which is a mucolytic or expectorant. Chronic nasal congestion can make you lose sense of taste and smell, and likely not the medicines. ...Read more

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I have a loss of smell and taste and when I do taste some things, it tastes burnt. I am not on meds, only used MJ twice. What could be a cause?

I have a loss of smell and taste and when I do taste some things, it tastes burnt. I am not on meds, only used MJ twice. What could be a cause?

A virus: This could be a major problem. You could have had a severe infection recently where the body was able to destroy the bacteria or virus, but in so doing has also mistakenly destroyed one of your cranial nerves. Not sure how long this has been present. See your doctor immediately for an evaluation. Also, begin using zinc 50 mg at bedtime daily. This may help restore your taste. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

Can a flu cause a loss of smell and taste?

Yes sometimes a: Transient disturbance of your senses of smell and taste can be affected with great injury (infection) to the organs in question. However it should not last more than 3-5 days after the illness has passed. Medications can also do that, and on a more semi-permanent basis as long as you take those medications. Please see a healthcare provider to help you sort out what the cause was. ...Read more

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Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Yes, but: Moderate to severe paranasal sinus conditions certainly can cause changes in both senses. Fortunately, if treated effectively - often even only improved - they also improve or return. This can be a painful chronic condition that eludes treatment efforts - or it can be an acute, treatable thing. See an ENT for dx/planning/suggestions. It might help. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What causes loss of taste and smell?

What causes loss of taste and smell?

Anosmia: Taste is mostly dependent on the sense of smell. Loss of that sense is called anosmia. A very common cause is head trauma, due to shearing of the tiny nerves from the nose going into the brain through a perforated cribiform plate at the base of the skull. Sudden jarring can sever those nerves. There are other conditions and medications that can impair this sense, too. ...Read more

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What can cause long term loss of taste and smell?

What can cause long term loss of taste and smell?

Loss of Smell and Ta: Many problems may contribute to loss of taste and smell. Sinusitis, nasal polyps, allergies, viruses, vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalance and even tumors. Look at our site www. Nwnasalsinus. Com for more information and see your ENT physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Could metformin cause a loss of taste and smell?

Could metformin cause a loss of taste and smell?

Usually not: Tell your doctor you are having this problem. Acidosis, hypoglycemia and allergic reaction can occur. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Middle ear infection: A middle ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss but I have not come across any article linking it with loss of taste or smell. Just pose your question again to see if other doctors have seen that association. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Ear infection cannot: ...Cause loss of smell or taste - but ear infections are usually complications of nasal problems which obviously can. ...Read more

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What do loss of smell and taste suggest?

2 possibilities: Loss of smell is often if not always associated with the loss of taste, even though the taste nerve fibers are functional. The two possibilities for anosmia (loss of smell) are blockage of the roof of the nose by a mass or inflammation, and degeneration of the olfactory nerve, the nerve of smell. I would first check with an ENT doctor to determine blockage and then a neurologist. ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled weed smoke nasally and experienced burning sensation through my sinuses, now I have loss of smell and taste. Will it come back?

I accidentally inhaled weed smoke nasally and experienced burning sensation through my sinuses, now I have loss of smell and taste. Will it come back?

Yes: Yes, any changes to your senses that you feel you're experiencing after inhaling the smoke should return soon. It's likely that the inhalation caused your nose to become stuffed up, or that the smell of the smoke was so strong that it's dominating other smells and tastes for you right now. ...Read more

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How to deal with loss of smell and taste from afrin nasal spray?

How to deal with loss of smell and taste from afrin nasal spray?

Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline): Avoid afrin (oxymetazoline) and drink plenty of water. Hopefully the medications side effects (if indeed caused by afrin (oxymetazoline)) will eventaully resolve, and your sense of taste and smell may come back. If this persisits, see an ear nose and throat dr. For an eval. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can colds or allergies cause loss of smell?

Can colds or allergies cause loss of smell?

Yes.: Because of Nasal Congestion either from Infection or Allergy, one looses or reduces sense of smell. Therefore you may notice the food also does not taste the same. ...Read more

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Can low testosterone levels cause loss of smell?

Can low testosterone levels cause loss of smell?

No: No. If you have Kallman syndrome, you can have both loss of smell and low testosterone but low testosterone does not cause loss of smell ...Read more

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Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

Cause of loss of sense of smell? It periodically comes back, but not for long.

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

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I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

I took Zicam Rapidmelts for 3 days o shorten a cold as directed and am now experiencing loss of smell/taste. Is this permanent? I've heard that it is.

Its an uncommon: But disturbing side effect of Zinc and it is even more uncommon for it to be permanent...HOWEVER do NOT use it again! Time will "tell" be patient!

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Are anosmia loss of taste and ageusia loss of smell?

Correct: These are the scientific terms for the loss of taste and smell, respectively. ...Read more

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