Smell And Taste Disturbances

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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I have had an altered smell and taste for the past two weeks. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been almost two weeks of enduring this foul, bad taste and smell, and it is like something is stuck on my throat, but I cannot see it.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Throat discomfort, bad smell, and altered taste may be due to pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, postnasal discharge, or allergy. So until the examination is done, it is difficult to say what it is. 1. Use tablet Amoxiclav 625 mg twi...  Read Full »

Why do I have a mild, throbbing sensation in my temples along with a weakened sense of smell?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed a mild throbbing sensation in my temples, which disappears within a few minutes. There is no pain or pressure at the temples; however, an odd sensation comes and goes away during the day. Also, I feel that my smell sensation is still weak. I also struggle to blow out mu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It would help if you were happy that all the other symptoms have subsided, and the only sign in line for recovery is the smell. Smell sensations come from extremely sensitive olfactory nerve fibers, which take time to recover. Constant worr...  Read Full »

Using betnelan tablet for asthma. What are the side effects of it?

Query: Dear Doctor, In the last 6 years, I am using Betnelan tablet for asthma. I want to know the side effects of it. Age 28 years, m, height: 170cm, weight 44kg.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The side-effects of betnelan tablet are as follows: Loss of skin atrophy. Local white patches of deeply pigmented skin. Dryness. Irritation. Nasal bleed. Ulceration or perforation of the nasal septum. Smell and taste disturbances. Hoarseness and fungal infection of the ...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and numbness in the olfactory region with a weak sense of smell and taste?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had numbness and throbbing pain around my olfactory region with a weak sense of smell and taste for the past nine months. I consulted an ENT. He did an endoscopy and said that everything was normal. There is no inflammation or mucosa thickening. He added that it could be becaus...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for describing your medical history in detail. It is clear from your symptoms that you were suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis with eustachian tube dysfunction, and you responded well to nasal steroid rinses. In the case of chronic rhinosinusitis wit...  Read Full »

How to treat a person born without a sense of smell?

Query: Hello doctor,I was born without a sense of smell. Are there any procedures to fix it or gain my sense of smell?  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The sense of smell is carried by the nerve fibers originating in the roof of the nose. A loss of sense of smell is known as anosmia. This can occur secondary to childhood viral infections, childhood head trauma, etc. Most of the times, a long-standing anosmia is perma...  Read Full »

I have weird sensation all over body. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have started feeling weird sensations all over my body for seven months now, and they all happen at once and on a daily basis. My skin itches all over, especially my face and scalp. A lot of the times, when I speak, I sense a vibration in my eyes or a little bit lower. It is as an inn...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Sardar Narayankar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These all symptoms point towards a chronic condition. You will have to undergo few more investigation as follows. Basic hemogram. Thyroid function tests. Check for autoimmune diseases status, consult a physician and get tested for ANA (antinuclear antibody). Do you eve...  Read Full »

Can I get my sense of smell back after getting treated for sinus infections?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from symptoms of chronic sinusitis without polyps for the past 22 months. I am using Budesonide rinses twice daily, which has successfully treated my maxillary sinus infection. My ethmoid sinuses are improving too. I no longer have pain. However, I sometimes ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Prajakta Keluskar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. If possible, send me your CT (computed tomography) scan reports. If your sinus pathways are getting blocked, then you might encounter these problems. I can suggest you temporary medications, but it will not be a permanent cure. So, I a...  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 »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 have my smell sensations suddenly altered?

Query: Hi doctor,I first felt this last month. Suddenly I was not too fond of the smell of cooking, especially meat, chicken, corn, and nuts. My grandmother died that date, and we had to check her up every day until that day. I seldom go to sleep and sometimes sleep at 3 AM and wake up at 8 AM. We did it u...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Any infection in the nasal sinuses can cause this problem. Probably you had a severe cold sometime before this problem. Bacterial infections and viral infections can cause this problem. I presume that you are free from any nasal conditions now. Gargle regularly with war...  Read Full »

Why is there a loss of taste and smell after a head injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I met with a bus accident three months ago, and due to this, I had a head and neck injury. I, later on, discovered that I lost my sense of smell. It did affect my taste buds too. I can only taste salt and spice. I started feeling like I am choking on food substances (most times, it feels...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for explaining in detail regarding the problem in concern. Loss of smell post head injury is mostly due to damage to the olfactory region due to trauma. As a result, the uptake of odor molecules and their effective transmission to the brain will be hampered causing...  Read Full »

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