krje1980
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Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:23 am

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]
 
kmh1956
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:28 am

Happens to me every time I get a sinus problem/cold.
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krje1980
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:34 am

With a bad cold thats usually the case.Try warm & Spicy Chicken soup,thats what my Grandparents suggested & it works. Smile
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:45 am

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.
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krje1980
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:59 am

Look on the bright side. Now you can take one of those high-paying jobs in stinky places where no one else will work.
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:02 am

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.
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:07 am

Hey, now you can eat Berliner Currywurst without gagging!
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:10 am

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

Sacrilege! You certainly mean Ruhr area Currywurst!  Wink

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krje1980
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:26 am

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!
 
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:34 am

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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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:40 am

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.
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:48 am

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
 
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:51 am

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.
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krje1980
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:54 am

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!
 
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:44 am

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.

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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:48 am

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.
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:52 am

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.
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RE: Lost My Ability To Smell And Taste :(

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:50 pm

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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