Anosmia / Loss Of Smell

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Anosmia is the inability to perceive smell. Most patients with anosmia complain of losing the sense of taste (ageusia) and of not enjoying food.

Anosmia is the inability to perceive smell. When the loss of smell is partial, the condition is called hyposmia. Some people are anosmic for one particular odor; this is called “specific anosmia”. Specific anosmia is usually genetically based. Most patients with anosmia complain of losing the sense of taste (ageusia) and of not enjoying food. They can perceive salty, sweet, sour, and bitter substances, but flavour discrimination which is a function of olfaction is not possible.
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Anosmia / Loss of Smell

Smell is perceived by a special lining in the posterior portion of the nose called the olfactory epithelium. Signals are carried from this lining via nerves to the brain. Any factors that obstruct the smell from reaching this lining, or cause damage to it may cause anosmia. Besides, damage to nerves that carry the signals or the part of the brain that perceives smell can also result in anosmia.

Anosmia may be part of normal aging. Respiratory infections, sinusitis, and head trauma are the most common causes of anosmia.

Diagnosis of anosmia is made by taking a detailed history, examining the patient and carrying out some tests. Tests like CT scan and MRI may be required in cases when the cause is not clear. There are no treatments for anosmia itself though the specific causes may be treated.
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med705 Sunday, August 2, 2015

I'm not sure if it's just my constant allergies but I seem to have on and off issues with smell throughout my life... Thanks for the info I'm going to discuss this with my doctor.

Boog Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm 46 year old white male and as far back as I can remember I have not had a sense of smell. Sometimes I'm grateful I don't but most of the time I really wish I did. I work in Law Enforcement and it is a sense that would really come in useful most of the time. I don't have a loss of apatite. I am more drawn to sweet foods than most other types of foods. I had an extreme case of chicken pox as a kid...far worse than most people. As a matter of fact the Doctors in the emergency room I went to took pictures of me because they had not seen a case as severe as mine. I have had severe sinusitis as a young adult 25-33. I had surgery that opened up all my sinuses and removed some huge polyps be hind my right eye. I was getting horrible head aches as a result of my chronic sinus problems. Since that time I haven't had anymore problems. I used to smoke for about 14 or so years but have not smoked for about 15-16 years. I would love to be able to smell my wife's perfume, her cooking, or on the job I'd love to be able to detect the smell of alcohol and drugs. Is there any hope of gaining a sense of smell? Where would I go to get answers>

pppdha Monday, June 30, 2014

I am a 32-year-old male who has been suffering from anosmia for the past 10 years. Initially, I had sinusitis problems and has been undergoing different kinds of treatments without any significant relief. one of those was the ayurvedic treatment of nasya for approximately 10 days, which made my life a hell, where I lost my smell and consulted an ENT and was told was due to mucus infection and had undergone again various treatments resulting in polypoidectomy too, but everything was in vain. Ultimately, these treatments have provided nothing, but depression, a life without taste, smell, nothing more than a hell, it just continues. Right now, I am undergoing homeopathic treatment, but that too without any success. It should be noted that once in a while, for a fraction of second, I do get smell, and it vanishes for ever. Please may I know kindly if there is any remedy for me to regain my smell and taste back, so that my life will be of some meaning to me. Please do guide me as to which physician I need to consult. Of note, I had CT scan about 5 years ago, which did not reveal anything of significance.

goharpearl Thursday, July 18, 2013

A patient with complete anosmia wil still respond to inhalation of; 1. coffee 2. ammonia 3. vanilla 4. garlic

Advancells Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I also have the problem of getting the right smell especially during winters! I have consulted a few doctors, but my situation haven't improved much. Can anyone suggest remedies for this problem of mine?

Guest Wednesday, August 19, 2015

are you sure? I have anosmia and I can't sense coffee. My friend tested me. And ammonia, as in when you let your pee sit in the toilet without flushing? Yea, I definitely can't smell that. Docs tested me with an alcohol pad too and I couldn't identify that, so wherever you're getting your information, please review it's authenticity

babeyorange Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I could never smell as long as I remember..does anyone else have this same issue? I guess being born not able to smell. I've been reading that people had smell but lost it due to a sickness or medicines. etc. thanks

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