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Q. Is it possible to restore my sense of smell and lessen the eustachian tube dysfunction?

Answered by
Dr. Radhika Shukla
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 11, 2021

Hello doctor,

I was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis without polyps 23 months ago. I had congestion, pain, pressure, loss of smell and taste, tinnitus, cough, dizziness, and eustachian tube dysfunction when it first started. My ENT said that my maxillary and ethmoid sinuses were affected, and there is a little mucosal thickening. My sinus openings are clear, and I have a mildly deviated septum which does not require surgery. There was no infection or pus. I do not have allergies or asthma. I use Budesonide rinses in a squeeze bottle two times a day with saline rinses.

Now, I am left with the symptoms of tinnitus in my left ear, mild eustachian tube dysfunction, and a weaker sense of smell. My maxillary sinuses feel clear, but my ethmoids feel a little swollen and mildly obstructed.

Is it possible to restore my sense of smell and lessen or stop the eustachian tube dysfunction?

Thank you.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You will be much better with the treatment that you are presently taking. It will take at least one month for the symptoms to subside. However, the sense of smell is slightly unpredictable at this stage. If these conditions are complicated with COVID-19 (CoronavirusDisease-2019), the restoration of smell can delay further. So, there is a very high chance that your smell will recover by at least 50% in a month.

Your eustachian tube is blocked due to inflammation in the nose. Budesonide rinse will help to reduce the inflammation and therefore reduce the blockage.

A ringing sound in the ear lasting for more than five minutes is called tinnitus. If less than five minutes, it is not significant. Usually, it is more noticeable when you are attempting to fall asleep. Medicines do work, but it takes at least a month for them to act. So, I suggest you some instant relief as follows;

1) Keep a table fan for white noise when you are trying to fall asleep.

2) Try to distract yourself when you hear the sound.

3) Kindly do a hearing test.

4) Kindly take a tablet containing Ginkgo biloba daily for a month.

5) Avoid forceful blowing of the nose.

Regards.

Thank you doctor,

Will the sense of smell come back to normal in your experience once the chronic sinusitis symptoms are gone?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As long as the cause is not covid (asymptomatic), you will regain your smell at least ninety percent once the symptoms of sinusitis subside. You will first regain your smell after strong sniffing, then slowly the smell overall will return. Hope that helps.

Thank you doctor,

I am sorry, could you repeat your answer, please? I do not have COVID. I tested it on two occasions. You told me that the sense of smell should come back to at least ninety percent once all the symptoms are gone. Can it come back to 100%? If not why? Thank you.

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As long as the cause is not covid (asymptomatic), you will regain your smell atleast ninety percent once the symptoms of sinusitis subside. You will first regain your smell after strong sniffing, then slowly the overall smell will return. Hope that helps.


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