Anosmia is the partial or complete loss of the sense of smell.
This loss may be temporary or permanent.
Common conditions that irritate the nose’s lining, such as allergies or a cold, can lead to temporary anosmia.
Anosmia usually isn’t serious, but it can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life.
Can loss of smell be restored?
The natural ability of the olfactory system to repair itself allows for some patients to regain the sense of smell after a respiratory infection-related loss or head injury. This recovery can take over a year, and can be so gradual that people have difficulty recognizing the change.
How do you treat loss of smell?
Treatment. Doctors treat the cause of the anosmia. For example, people with sinus infections and irritation may be treated with steam inhalation, nasal sprays, antibiotics, and sometimes surgery. However, the sense of smell does not always return even after successful treatment of sinusitis.
What causes loss of smell and taste?
Loss of smell and taste may result from polyps in the nasal or sinus cavities, hormonal disturbances, or dental problems. They can also be caused by prolonged exposure to certain chemicals such as insecticides, and by some medicines. It impairs the ability to identify odors and diminishes the sense of taste.
What happens if you lose sense of smell?
Losing your sense of smell, known as anosmia, impacts not only your ability to detect odors, but also other areas of your life. Many individuals report a decreased quality of life with both temporary and permanent anosmia. When you can’t smell or taste your food, your appetite is likely to wane.