Smell and taste disturbance occurs due to smell and taste disorders. It is caused due to upper respiratory tract infection, ear infection, radiotherapy used for cancer of the head and neck, exposure to chemicals, and head injury. The symptoms are loss of smell, loss of taste, reduced ability to smell and taste to food items. Treatment depends on reducing the cause.
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Can nasal drops be used to get lost sensation of smell in a sinusitis patient?
Query: Hello doctor, I am male, 43 years old, I was born with cleft palate but it is fine now and I have sinusitis and loss of smell sensation. I took steroids Prednisone nearly two months back and got my smell back but suddenly four days ago now the smell is gone again. Just to let you know I have modera... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Your recurrent problem of not able to smell is due to sinusitis and allergy. Once that gets treated smell will come back. But in chronic sinusitis, the smell may or may not come back due to prolong disease. 2. Avamys should be helpful. These steroids sprays reduc... Read Full »
My sense of smell and taste disappeared after taking medicine for depression. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,My psychiatrist advised me to take Bupropion 300 mg XL for depression. I took it for six days. On the sixth day, my sense of smell and sense of taste got disappeared completely. It has been a week since I took my last tablet and I cannot see any signs of improvement. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to take an immediate dose of corticosteroids like Diprofos injection of single ampule and vitamin B complex vitamins once every three days. Your sensation of smell will not get restored completely but you can have it again. Read Full »
Why am I not able to differentiate between smells after having had a septoplasty?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a septoplasty and turbinate removal two months ago. I have taken medicines only for three weeks after the surgery. Now, I am not taking any medications and I have a feeling of stuffy nose again. There is also swelling in the nose. I am breathing great but the problem is with the ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There could be two possible reasons for your problem. 1. The surgery did not correct your problem completely. 2. You seem to have an allergy. The surgery you underwent may have left some deviated septum and turbinate hypertrophy. So, you still have a stuffy nose. ... Read Full »
Does sinusitis usually cause loss of taste?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old female, non smoker. I had a sinus infection as a result of cold nearly two months ago. I was put on Doxycycline for two weeks and then a steroid nasal spray when the inflammation in my nose had not resided. I can smell things quite clearly up close to my nose but canno... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We will help you alleviate the problem. I understand that you are a 40 year old otherwise healthy lady suffering from sinus infection. You perceive smells close up your nose but have decreased taste sensation. You are worried about when the taste sensation will return a... Read Full »
Why do I get symptoms like weight gain, fatigue and altered taste with negative HCG test?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I have been experiencing worsening symptoms over the past three months. I was thinking pregnancy but that was tested negative with a gynecologist and PC, two blood labs for HCG and one CBC, as well as a thyroid and hormone test. My symptoms are: frequent ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms apart from migraines are due to nerve involvement causing parosmia (altered taste sensation) most probably due to Vitamin B12 deficiency. Methylcobalamine (or vitamin B12) supplement 1500 mcg per day for a few weeks is usually advised and you are already t... Read Full »
Why is there loss of smell and taste in chronic rhinitis even after medication?
Query: 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... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, 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 de... Read Full »
My period is late by six days. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old female. My periods were due on the 17th and today is the 23rd. I have still not got my periods. I have a very weird taste in my mouth. I have mood swings. I am passing urine frequently. My poo is very liquid. All this is happening with me from the past three days. Pl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Have you experienced delayed periods ever before? Is there any history of sexual contact? If there is no such history, then once or twice in a year your periods might get delayed or disturbed. If you do not get your periods after a few days and there is no histo... Read Full »
I feel a dry spot on the inside of my cheek. Does it suggest oral cancer?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. For about three weeks, I have felt a dry spot inside of my cheek. It has a metallic taste. When I run my finger over it, it feels a little rough, and there are some skin peeling and bleeding. It looks like I can see a tiny little zit. It does not hurt. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and can see two areas of redness that is probably inflammation and a white line that is linea alba and is harmless. There is nothing else significant seen in the pictures. However, I can see t... Read Full »
Can an inflamed sinus and nasal polyps affect the sense of smell?
Query: Hello doctor, After a severe cold including heavy sneezing, runny nose that lasted 3 to 4 weeks, I seem to have gradually lost my sense of smell. To clear this severe cold I had to take Avamys. A couple of doctors I consulted said my nose and sinus seem to be inflammed, and there are some polyps in... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems that you have allergic rhinitis with polyposis. The loss of smell sensation with you can be because of the polyps which prevent the air to reach the olfactory mucosa in the roof of your nose or because of a viral attack. I advise you to take antiviral medicine ... Read Full »
I had a tonsillectomy and uvulectomy three months ago. I still have no taste and little smell. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I had a tonsillectomy and uvulectomy three months ago. I still have no taste and little smell. I often have a metallic taste in my mouth. When I eat a certain foods, it feels stuck in my throat. Is this normal? I have fallen into a deep depression. I got the surgery because my tonsils hav... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Taste disturbance (dysgeusia) or decreased taste sensation after tonsillectomy is a rare complication. But nothing to be worried about. It will recover after some time. You can try Zinc supplements for a faster recovery. As far as the othe... Read Full »