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  • Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Loss of smell


Loss of smell, also known as anosmia, is a condition in which a person is unable to detect odors. This can be a temporary or permanent condition, and can be caused by a variety of factors.


Some common causes of temporary loss of smell include upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, fevers and head injuries. These conditions can block the nasal passages, making it difficult for odors to reach the olfactory receptors in the nose.


Permanent loss of smell can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, exposure to certain chemicals or toxins, and certain diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. In some cases, the cause of permanent loss of smell is unknown.


Symptoms of loss of smell can include difficulty detecting odors, a decreased ability to taste food, and a loss of interest in eating. Some people may also experience a loss of appetite and weight loss as a result of their inability to taste food.


If you are experiencing a loss of smell, it is important to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor may perform a physical exam and may also order tests such as a CT scan or MRI to determine the cause of your condition.


Treatment for loss of smell will depend on the underlying cause. If the cause is a temporary condition such as a sinus infection, treatment may include antibiotics or other medications to help clear the infection. If the cause is a more serious condition such as Parkinson's disease, treatment may include medications to help manage the disease.


There are also some things that you can do on your own to help manage your loss of smell. For example, you can try using a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist, which can help to clear nasal passages and make it easier to smell. You can also try using nasal sprays or decongestants to help clear blocked nasal passages.


In some cases, loss of smell can be a difficult and frustrating condition to live with. However, it is important to remember that there are treatments available and that there are things you can do to help manage your condition. If you are experiencing a loss of smell, speak with your doctor to determine the cause and to find the best course of treatment for you.


Natural Home Remedies to improve Smell


  1. Keep your nose clean by regularly blowing your nose and using a saline nasal spray.

  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to help flush out toxins and keep nasal passages moist.

  3. Practice good hygiene by regularly washing your hands and showering to remove any unwanted odors.

  4. Use essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oil to help clear nasal passages and improve breathing.

  5. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, which can help improve overall health and potentially improve your sense of smell.

  6. Try to avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

  7. Keep your living and working spaces clean and well-ventilated to remove any unwanted odors.

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