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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 am 56, suffering from hyposmia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 56 years old and I am suffering from hyposmia since a month, which appeared after a cold with fever and inflammation.  I have been prescribed Flixonase nasal 400 microgram/unit dose nasal drops. I used Flixonase twice daily for about 10 days. At this point I am not sick and infl...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi Welcome in icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would like to tell you that for the sense of smell we have got a sensory mucosa at the top of interior of nasal cavity and it is called olfactory area. To sense the smell there should be: Free access to the  inspired air to reach up to olfact...  Read Full »

My periods are delayed, and I have weird symptoms. 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 poop is very liquid. All this is happening with me from the past three days. P...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

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 history of...  Read Full »

Why am I having a bad taste in my mouth after scaling?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a dental examination and scaling done last week. After that, I had a very bad bitter or metallic taste in my mouth when I ate or drank along with a stinging sensation on my tongue. I also had sensitivity in my teeth. The only difference during this visit was an ultrasonic scaler was...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Because of the irritation and vibrations of the ultrasonic scalers, sometimes, the salivary glands become hyperactive and secrete bicarbonate to counteract any acidic ion present in the mouth. Till now, you will be apprehensive. You can feel it. Do not get panic. Nerve ...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 have...  Read Full »


Dr. Prajakta Keluskar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 am expectin...  Read Full »

I have a soapy and metallic taste in my mouth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23 year old woman. I am 5 feet 6 inches. I have bowel issues and constipation quite often. Lately, I feel very exhausted, have severe back aches, and a metallic and soapy taste in my mouth that will not go away. I am not sure what is going on.  Read Full »


Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your history and complaints, it seems you might have the following, depending on your additional complaints: Hemorrhoids, If you have accompanying constipation, mucus and sometimes blood in the stool, heartburn, and reflux. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) i...  Read Full »

Can asymptomatic Coronavirus carrier experience loss of smell?

Query: Hello doctor, On March 1st I flew to Utah from Texas and developed cold symptoms after three days. It was a normal cold, but as it was almost gone (no more congestion, did not feel sick anymore), I lost the sense of taste and smell overnight. I have not had a sense of taste or smell for 11 days now....  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate your timely picking up of the signs and reaching out to us. We have two scenarios. First, is that you have Coronavirus infection and the cold, allergy, and loss of smell are due to it unless you develop more severe symptoms like fever, temperature, breathi...  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 »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

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 deci...  Read Full »

Will Bupropion cause loss of smell?

Query: Hello doctor, I need your help?  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am here to help you.  Read Full »

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 moderat...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

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 reduce i...  Read Full »

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