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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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 »

How to get rid of deodorant smell and taste after accidentally consuming it?

Query: Hi doctor, I consumed deodorant accidentally. I am tending to smell and taste it for a week in spite of brushing and gargling.   Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to a persistent smell and taste of having exposure to deodorant or any strong substance is a known entity. There is nothing to be worried. I suggest you use Duonase nasal spray (Fluticasone propionate with Azelastine) two puffs on both nostrils separately two times a da...  Read Full »

What causes a dry nose and loss of taste and smell?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 24-year-old female with a weight of 60 kilograms and a height of five feet three inches. I am having a dry nose with a cough for three days. I have a loss of taste and smell sensation. Currently, I am using nasal spray and doing steam therapy. Can I have sinusitis? What can I do to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having sinusitis for two to three days. As it is acute, you will become better soon. Sinusitis is caused by allergy or bacterial infection. As you have a cough with loss of taste, so it suggests a bacterial infection. You are using nasal spray and Paracetamo...  Read Full »

Why do I keep smelling acetone?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight days ago, I used my nail polish remover (Acetone), which had a very strong smell. Till today, all of the smells and tastes are mixed with the smell of Acetone. Even when I smell nothing, the Acetone smell is stuck in my nasopharynx. I should mention that I was a COVID-19 patie...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I appreciate that the pathways of smell and taste are closely linked. To perceive a flavor, you need coordinated functioning of both receptors for smell and taste. Inflammation by virus infections or injuries can damage the mucus membranes and the receptors or even nerv...  Read Full »

When will my sense of smell return?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a concern regarding my condition. I have lost my sense of smell before a month. But I can taste the food that I am eating. I have a negative result for the COVID-19 test. I do not have sinusitis and a head injury. It got started after taking a cold shower. I had a mild headache for ...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have a great deal of suspicion regarding your COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) test. I feel that it seems to be a false negative result. The reason for having this doubt is that all your features favor the mild illness is associated with ...  Read Full »

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