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I woke up this morning and now I can't smell. What is this?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Infammation smells

Nasal inflammation can cause anosmia (loss of sense of smell).
Since most of taste is related to smell they often are both affected. An unlikely cause is a tumor. Although medications can usual decrease nasal symptoms due to infammation anosmia may persist. Oral or injectable steroids often temporarily restore taste and smell, but side effect Prohibit their use.

In brief: Infammation smells

Nasal inflammation can cause anosmia (loss of sense of smell).
Since most of taste is related to smell they often are both affected. An unlikely cause is a tumor. Although medications can usual decrease nasal symptoms due to infammation anosmia may persist. Oral or injectable steroids often temporarily restore taste and smell, but side effect Prohibit their use.
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