Q. I am diagnosed with chronic rhinitis and cannot taste or smell anything. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 23, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am diagnosed with chronic rhinitis by an ENT doctor. I cannot sleep at night and barely eat anymore because I cannot taste or smell anything. My nose is always stuffy. I tried Neti pot, sinus irrigator, herbs, and steam inhalation. I cannot seem to find anything that helps except steroids. I used Carticosteroid nasal spray and Methylprednisalone 4 mg, but those are terrible to keep using. I lost hope. What to do?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your problem. It can be a bothersome problem in your case. Chronic rhinitis should be evaluated, and any condition causing it should be addressed specifically. If you could show me the findings of the nasal endoscopy it will be useful for me to make a decisive diagnosis. You may also do nasal odor tests to confirm the loss of sense of smell and let us know the results of the same.

Nextly, the use of corticosteroid nasal sprays are not bad at all. They are very helpful in resolving nasal inflammation and accompanying rhinitis. You may use them as per your doctors advice, we also regularly advise patients to use those. As to using oral steroids, you do not use those continuously for a long duration. Also, try taking saline nasal sprays once a while. Drink plenty of water and eat well balanced timely nutritious food.

Kindly revert back with the findings of endoscopy and nasal odor tests. Kindly do the following also to rule out allergic rhinitis.

1. Absolute eosinophil count.

2. Serum IgE.

With the above, we can make a more decisive diagnosis, and rule out major conditions and institute the specific treatment to help you feel better.

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