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What would cause my 17 year old to have a bad sense of smell? She has no allergies but is frequently stuffed up. It is getting worse over the years.
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree
In brief: Smell test!
If you take your daughter to an ent, they can do smell testing to get a measure of just how limited her sense of smell is.
They can then do a thorough work-up to evaluate for causes. Often this is something simple like allergies, however, there can be rare other causes that should be looked for.

In brief: Smell test!
If you take your daughter to an ent, they can do smell testing to get a measure of just how limited her sense of smell is.
They can then do a thorough work-up to evaluate for causes. Often this is something simple like allergies, however, there can be rare other causes that should be looked for.
Dr. Anna Meyer
Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: See her doctor.
It could be anything from chronic sinusitis, polyps or other growths, irritation (due to smog or tobacco smoke, for example), to having new onset of allergies.
She needs to see her doctor for an evaluation.

In brief: See her doctor.
It could be anything from chronic sinusitis, polyps or other growths, irritation (due to smog or tobacco smoke, for example), to having new onset of allergies.
She needs to see her doctor for an evaluation.
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Steve Cole
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sinusitis
She could have sinusitis, nasal polyps or even non allergic rhinitis.

In brief: Sinusitis
She could have sinusitis, nasal polyps or even non allergic rhinitis.
Dr. Steve Cole
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No Smell
Lack of smell = anosmia.
Is she totally unable to smell anything or is her sense of smell just decreased (hyposmia)? Either way it could be as simple as allergies since you mention that she is frequently "stuffed up" but you always want to do what is safest for your child and might want to have her primary doctor make sure that it is not anything more serious before just calling it allergies.

In brief: No Smell
Lack of smell = anosmia.
Is she totally unable to smell anything or is her sense of smell just decreased (hyposmia)? Either way it could be as simple as allergies since you mention that she is frequently "stuffed up" but you always want to do what is safest for your child and might want to have her primary doctor make sure that it is not anything more serious before just calling it allergies.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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