Loss of Smell & Taste
Anyone who has lost their ability to smell and/or taste knows how disabling this can be. Loss of smell and taste is becoming much more common as a consequence of COVID-19 infection. Food becomes much less appealing, drinks taste the same and it is more difficult to tell whether food has gone off. There are safety concerns as smoke from house fires and gas leaks from the kitchen may not be detected in good time. The senses of smell and taste are very much related. The main causes of a reduction in the sense and taste are due to either an inability of the particles to reach the smell area in the nose or that the nerves of smell are not working properly. An assessment in the clinic will look for the causes of this problem and ways of trying to improve these senses. Many patients experience an improvement in these senses if the appropriate treatment is given.