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Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(  
User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 24496 times:

Hi all.

9 days ago I was hit with a very bad cold, and 2 days later I lost my sense of taste and smell. I developed a very bad sinus infection (for the first time in my life), and ended up going to the doctor two days ago. He prescribed me some antibiotics, and, fortunately, the intense pain associated with the infection has diminished. However, my cold remains, and I am still, after seven days, not able to smell or taste anything at all. I have not gone for this long without smell/taste before, so I am starting to get a bit worried since smell and taste is normally supposed to come back after 3-4 days at the most. Has anyone here gone through anything similar before? Ought I to worry, or is this something that eventually will pass? I'm thinking of contacting my doctor again, but if anyone here knows anything I would still be grateful.

Sorry if my post is a bit of a "rant." I guess I just need somewhere to vent my frustrations, and since a.net is my favorite internet forum, I thought this might be the best place!

[Edited 2007-07-18 21:24:27]

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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 24484 times:

Happens to me every time I get a sinus problem/cold.


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User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 24476 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 1):

It usually happens to me to, but never more than around 3 days. I did some research on the internet, and it seems that if you don't recover taste/smell after 3 days, it is quite abnormal.

Sorry if I sound like a wimp, but I'm pushing my eight day now, and I can't help but getting a bit worried.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 24476 times:

With a bad cold thats usually the case.Try warm & Spicy Chicken soup,thats what my Grandparents suggested & it works. Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24445 times:

It will get better. Sinus infections have a longer recovery period than the common cold, even with antibiotics. You've got two separate problems - the infectious bacteria, and the inflammation. The inflammation can last long past when the bacteria are killed or under control.

Remember that your sense of taste is directly connected to your sense of smell. If you cannot smell, you most likely won't taste anything. Your best sense of smell requires air flow past the sensory cells, not just air flow into the area. (This is why you smell things best when you inhale deeply and allow to flow into your mouth as well as the nose.)

I've been through numerous sinus infections and I can tell you that if you're an average patient, you will get better. It could be a month, though.

One thing to absolutely avoid - Zinc nasal sprays. They are known to damage sensory neurons in the nose, permanently damaging the sense of smell. Zinc lozenges are okay.



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24437 times:

Quoting Redngold (Reply 4):

I see. Thanks for the info. I have been using a nasal spray from time to time during my cold, but after checking the contents of the spray, I could not see anything with zinc. The spray is called Zymelin by the way. I was actually encouraged by the doctor to use it from time to time, so I just hope it hasn't made things worse.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24415 times:

Look on the bright side. Now you can take one of those high-paying jobs in stinky places where no one else will work.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24406 times:

Your doctor probably wouldn't prescribe a zinc nasal spray now that it's been shown to cause such damage.

I forgot to add - the inflammation is what gives you the sinus pain and "stuffy" feeling, because the membranes are swollen and close the passages that allow air to pass. Use the spray your doctor has prescribed and it should get better. I personally would avoid any other type of spray other than plain saline, because a lot of the other non-prescription sprays can cause rebound congestion when you stop using them.



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24399 times:

Hey, now you can eat Berliner Currywurst without gagging!


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24392 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 8):
Hey, now you can eat Berliner Currywurst without gagging!

Sacrilege! You certainly mean Ruhr area Currywurst!  Wink

Jan


User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24378 times:

The doctor didn't prescribe the spray (it's bought over the counter), but he said I shouldn't worry about using it.

As for the lack of smell and taste, I guess you are right that now I can take certain jobs I would rather stay away from! But imagine how boring traveling will be when you can't smell the perfume in the airport shopping areas, the jet fuel, the cabin, and the smell upon arriving in a strange and distant land!


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24366 times:
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You're not alone, i had full blown flu last week and i lost my taste buds and sense of smell completely for 8 whole days. It was incredibly frustrating and i've never had flu for that long. Went to the docs and he simply confirmed what i knew. It will definitely go, it's frustrating but it's just a matter of time.


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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 24358 times:

It happens, but don't worry, your sense of smell and taste will come back.

However, it's important to keep track of your sinus infections, and the type of antibiotics the doctor prescribes to you.

Chronic sinus infection, coupled with high dose antibiotics can cause anosmia, or total loss of sense of smell (permanent).

That would suck.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks ago) and read 24343 times:

I feel with you!

I just finished a north Norway trip from TOS via Alta-Hammerfest to the Nordkap and I decided to walk the Knivskjelodden and damn the whether was so bad!

For 3 days I was so down because of 5 degrees and bad wind and rain there. No I am back in Finland and recovering!

Yesterday I got myself 2 pikes from the lake and I am feeling better now! Big grin

Hope you recover soon.  Smile


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8697 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 weeks ago) and read 24341 times:

Quoting Krje1980 (Reply 2):
Sorry if I sound like a wimp, but I'm pushing my eight day now, and I can't help but getting a bit worried.

I think most of us can totally understand. I lost a little bit of my sense of smell to conc. HCl years ago, and that is not a nice thing. It's pretty bad when, several years after that, everyone in the classroom comlains that the smell of chlorine is just a bit too strong for their tastes but you smell but a whiff of the stuff.

Quoting Redngold (Reply 4):
If you cannot smell, you most likely won't taste anything. Your best sense of smell requires air flow past the sensory cells, not just air flow into the area.

 checkmark  Of course he'd most likely be able to distinguish the most basic of tastes, but not specific flavours. Hey, Krje1980, how about an experiment? Buy some crisps containing glutamates. If you know and get that absolute urge to have more of them after the first few bites, voilà, you can still taste umami.  Wink

All in all, I wouldn't worry too much. Just ring your doctor and he'll explain, with full knowledge of your history.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 weeks ago) and read 24332 times:

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 12):

Well, I never had any problems with sinus infection, or my sinuses in general, before this. I got a normal cold, but I think it got worse since I decided to go to work instead of resting in for a few days (which normally cures me in two-three days). During my time at work I got increasingly bad, and my sinus infection developed in the next couple of days. Two days ago was the asbolute low point. The whole left side of my face (including the forehead, behind the eyes, the jaw, the teeth) was aching constantly - causing truly intense pain. However, after starting my antibiotica cure, these pains are pretty much gone. All that's left now is a cold that seems to never end, as well as the lack of smell/taste.

Thus, I hope that I am not in any danger of developing chronic sinus infection. Losing smell permanent would truly suck beyond belief!


User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 24293 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
Look on the bright side. Now you can take one of those high-paying jobs in stinky places where no one else will work.

Always the glass is half-full guy.  banghead  If some guy loses his sense of touch, could you line him up a gig as a crash-test dummy?  boggled 

Quoting Krje1980 (Reply 10):

From the sound of it, maybe a 2nd doctor's opinion might help.

-R


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 24287 times:

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 16):
If some guy loses his sense of touch, could you line him up a gig as a crash-test dummy?

Depends on where he has no sensation. The best case scenerio would allow him to star in a one-take, two-hour porn video.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8697 posts, RR: 43
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 24280 times:

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 16):
If some guy loses his sense of touch, could you line him up a gig as a crash-test dummy?

TSA staff is more like it. Since all those body searches never seem to yield anything, the folks doing them must be in that exact situation.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 24100 times:

Quoting Krje1980 (Thread starter):
I lost my sense of taste and smell

Too much Anglo-Saxon food, mate...  Wink Try French food.


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