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May 8th, 2011
Loss of smell
Hey everyone,

To all that are suffering from a loss of smell following an upper or lower respiratory tract infection. You may have chronically enlarged adenoids. It would be worthwhile to ask your doctor about this. Adenoids are part of the tonsils which make up a lymphatic barrier to infection entering from the mouth or the nasopharynx. Enlarged adenoids can cause a loss of smell by blocking the passage of air into the area where the olfactory nerve can be stimulated. Thus, removing the blockage or treating it can reverse the loss of smell. Furthermore, enlarged adenoids can often block the Eustachian tube, which allows the middle ear to equalize atmospheric pressure, therefore it can give the symptom of having blocked or clogged ears.
Just a thought.
I hope you all feel better soon.
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replied May 9th, 2011
This won't relate to me, as I have had my Tonsils and Adenoids out.....and "No", my Adenoids haven't grown back either....It's so frustrating, as I don't smoke or drink and live in the Country where there is plenty of fresh Air....Totally Baffled in to why I have had this for so Long....
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replied May 14th, 2011
Loss of taste & smell remedy!
Found help after 25 years of loss of smell & taste!!!
My husband had a loss of taste & smell due to allergies, nasal polyps, and who knows what else. The only time he got relief was when he took a 64 course of Prednisone which he took twice a year - Christmas & vacation. His new allergy dr. recommended using a nasal rinse - Neil Med 16 ounce bottle, mixing boiled water (that has cooled to warm) with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp. baking soda & half of a 1mg PULMACORT RESPULE. His taste starting returning about 2 weeks after he started this and he has had normal smell & taste for about 8 months so far. This has been amazing as he experienced this tormenting condition for so many years, he almost lost hope of ever regaining these senses back. We thank God for this remedy! Normally PULMACORT is used in a nebulizer but instead the liquid is used in a nasal rinse. We hope this will help someone else!


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replied May 20th, 2011
Hi garstaf,
I happened upon your post on searching for causes of my own symptoms after a longer-than-normal bout with an upper respiratory infection (which I get about once every year or two) resulting in a long-term loss of taste and smell. The course your husband has gone through resonated with me due to my dad's personal experience. It's good to hear that you guys keep a close watch on his symptoms. My dad lost his sense of taste and smell years ago. Long story short, a back surgery and his loss of voice due to tubes down his throat lead him to an ENT specialist and questions about why he'd lost said symptoms. Polyps were the answer and a simple surgery removed them. Two months later, he had a noticeable swelling in the side of his nose. I don't write this to scare by any means, but to inform and hope to keep your husband well. My dad went back for a second surgery in December of 2007 and the dr. wouldn't touch the growth, rather took a biopsy which after much testing was diagnosed as sinonasal undifferintiated carcinoma, a very rare cancer referred to as SNUC. Apparently it is often overlooked as a sinus infection and can go undiagnosed until it's too late. Sounds like you guys are (and remain) on top of things, though. Dad still does his Neli-Med daily as instructed by MD Anderson in Houston (the premiere cancer hospital in all the world) and has been cancer free since mid 2008. Just watch those polyps, keep doing what you're doing and don't take anything (no matter how slight) for granted. Timing was essential with my dad. Again, not to scare or put a dark side on the day to day, just be vigilant. Consequently, my neti pot is my go-to source for sinus relief! Sounds like you're doing all of the right things.

Best always...and best of health.
A
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replied July 13th, 2011
I had a very bad virus on May 26th, since then I have lost my sense of smell and taste. The doctor says it is nerve damage and it is possible for these nerves to heal but it takes at least a year. He said if my smell and taste do not return within a year it is likely it never will. Nice eh.
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replied October 13th, 2011
How are you now?? Have you regained any senses?
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replied July 13th, 2011
I just read in an article that if the loss of smell and taste is from a virus the chances of it coming back are minuscule.
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replied September 6th, 2011
Loss of taste and smell
I have had a cold, sinus infection and bronchitis for a month, on antibiotics for twelve days, still no taste or smell, depressing except the twenty pound weight loss. I have tried everything under the sun, allergy meds, neti pot, etc.
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replied October 16th, 2011
Have you recently ingested any zinc cold remedies? These products can cause olfactory nerve damage which results in odd smells/tastes and even a complete loss thereof. I have olfactory nerve damage from a zinc cold remedy (cough lozenges) and I smell sulphur or burnt hair all the time. When the damage first occured I smelled ammonia very strongly.
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replied October 29th, 2011
I have had loss of smell for over 6 years now and is gradually getting worse...I cam only smell really strong smells...this is really upsetting as I had such an acute sense of smell before. It all started after a very bad cold. My hearing is also deteriorating and the doctors have just fobbed me off.....I did see an ENT specialist who dismissed all my problems!

I am also very depressed...suffered awful panic attacks...financial probs etc...... and have suffered for most of my life! As a single parent with no one for support I have finally given up....its just too much to deal with! sorry...moan over!

Would love to get my senses back!!!

x
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replied October 29th, 2011
No smell!
I have had loss of smell for over 6 years now and is gradually getting worse...I cam only smell really strong smells...this is really upsetting as I had such an acute sense of smell before. It all started after a very bad cold. My hearing is also deteriorating and the doctors have just fobbed me off.....I did see an ENT specialist who dismissed all my problems!

I am also very depressed...suffered awful panic attacks...financial probs etc...... and have suffered for most of my life! As a single parent with no one for support I have finally given up....its just too much to deal with! sorry...moan over!

Would love to get my senses back!!!

x
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replied October 31st, 2011
My similar situation...
My story: Got a horrible bronchitis and 'cold' last June 2011. Completely loss sense of smell since then. Took amoxicillin, Netti pots, and several different nasal sprays [olive leaf, capsaicin, oregano oil, xylitol, silver] and nothing helped. Went to ENT after three months. Took culture found a bacteria in moderate concentration called Ralstonia Picketti a water born pathogen present in soils and plants. ENT put me on nebulizer [mist breather] with a cortisteroid [ betamethasone] and an antibiotic [Levofloxacin] in it. I am in my 11 day of 21 days total of nebulizing, no change yet. ....... The worse part of this nightmare is that things smell acrid. A cookie, coffee, candy everything has a horrible somewhat painful smell sensation. It is as if I was smelling thick smoke and it stings a little. This has been going on for four months now. ...... My ENT says my sense of smell will probably never come back because the bacteria killed my olfactory nerves. I was a super taste and smeller, now it is gone and this awful painful ammonia like sensation is left behind. Horrible. Thanks for listening and I hope your plight is better than mine. ......... Sad
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replied November 26th, 2011
After reading so many stories, I am surprised there are so many people out there suffering with this. I caught a virus Easter '11 which lead to total loss of smell/taste. This did come back, somewhat, with food tasting different but not inedible. Caught my first virus of Autumn 3 weeks ago and now everything tastes like the worst acrid, burnt toast - even the smell of food in the supermarket makes me gag. Haven't been able to eat and am losing weight and getting even more run-down, whilst my GP thinks I'm making it up, although he has put me on Fortijuce. I miss eating and am very worried this isn't going to go away.
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replied November 29th, 2011
back in jan, i got sick with symptoms of strep/flu. for the next 5 months one week out of every month i was back at the doctor with symptoms of strep/flu it was horrible,my tonsils would swell up so big it made it hard to breath, got ear infections, throwing up,high fevers, and at the end of each time my jaw would lock up and i couldnt open it for a week or so without feeling like someone was dislocating it and cutting with a knife (yea it hurt) i thought that since i was always so sick that was the reason for now being able to smell or taste, my nose wont even be runny or stuffed its just like swollen i guess? now its 1 year later, i can usually always smell stuff that smells rancid of course but most of the time i cant smell anything, tasting food forget it, not even over seasoned garlic bread. i can taste menthol though. when i am able to taste things its not a normal taste anymore. if anyone has any suggestions iv tried everything from pills to liquid meds to nasil sprays (prescibed from the doctor to OTC at the local walgreens) thanksgiving just passed and i was very upset with not being able to taste my meal, i get so frustrated now with this really makes me just want to scream. good luck to everyone if anyone finds out how to help us, please dont hesistate to give some information.
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replied January 20th, 2012
taste loss after cold
I have lost my taste after a cold in April 11. I moticed strange phantom smells in the weeks before I got my cold.I have had a full cat scan,been to 2 ENT Professors.There is little chance of taste returning they say. Only hope is some stem cell treatment in the distant future apparantly.
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replied June 25th, 2012
Loss of smell and taste - trying an old fashioned remedy: Steam
I developed this problem after a cold six weeks ago. I am currently trying treatment with steam twice a day. At night I put two or three drops of eucalyptus oil in the hot water and inhale that. Then I use a Neti pot and this has helped to bring away some pale yellow coloured mucus from somewhere (I am not congested so this mucus might be up in my sinuses somewhere). My sense of smell is a little improved but my taste still has a long way to go. I am going to keep up this steam treatment for another week to ten days and see if there is any improvement.
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replied June 29th, 2012
Update on steam treatment with Neti pot
An update on my steam treatment which is now day 7 and today is the first I have noticed real progress. I could actually taste my coffee today which before tasted horrible.

I would encourage anyone with this problem to give steam a go followed by using a Neti pot.

You will ned to buy and Neti pot and the special salt to go in it and learn to use it (it is very simple really and there are YouTube videos on how to do it). I have been using a Neti pot for about a year because I found it cheaper than buying Sterimar which an ENT consultant advised me to use to help a vocal problem I was having.

I bought my Neti pot and salt off Amazon.

I am going to continue with the treatment every night for three more nights then reduce to every other night.

It is very boring to do and I try to keep breathing in the steam for at least five minutes, but having achieved results with this treatment It is definiteky worth it.

I no long have mucus coming away - it stopped coming away after about day four or five. I think it was the mucus high up in the nasal cavity which was maybe causing some of the problem.
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replied July 19th, 2012
No Smell , No Taste...very depressing !
I am another one in the boat, and I have lost the the smell and taste. I had a cough early in July, and no other symptoms. I let it go, because I thought its just a cough, viral and I would eventually get over it. Well, cough is getting better, then on Sat July 14th, when I woke up and was drinking my Coffee, I could not taste it. My now cough turned into a head cold. Head Congestion, my throat was not sore, however, it was very constricted like. And a big lump in my throat. I have been to the walk in clinic, because I do not have a primary doctor, and no insurance. The first dose of medicine was Prednisone and a Zpak, and I was told I will feel better, however, the next day I was really having a large amount of anxiety. Was really believing this was a side effect from the steroid. The 3rd day, I went back to the same clinic, and saw a different doctor, he told me he would take me off the zpak, because he did not really like the benefits of it, and said stop the prednisone, and I am prescribing a stronger antibiotic to take once daily for 10 days, and I am giving you nasonex for the nose. Now mind you, I am doing other home remedies,like the Medi-rince. Drinking Green Tea, Herbal teas, mixed with honey-lemon, and doing two steam treatments daily to break up congestion. I have since then was referred to an online Just answer medical, because I am so desperate to find relief or help. I will gladly share with everyone, I paid for it, but I will provide it . He is an endocrinologist. rom Dr. Amir
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:22 PM EST
Thanks for the question and coming on Just Answer. I want to say that first of all these new symptoms of odd taste or smell issue can be due to infection or flu which you had and good news is this should get better and perfectly fine with in few days. This is common in people with pharyngitis or laryngitis and even people with sinusitis. I will suggest follow the prescription and this should be fine soon. If taste and smell problem persists for more then three to four days then see your physician again for evaluation because sometimes this can also be due to side effect from the medication which is reversible after stopping. I will also advise to take steam inhalation two times daily, take honey-lemon tea, mild warm salted gargles daily, green tea as this will be helpful. Avoid spicy or junk food.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:36 PM EST
Ok, great and thank you for your quick response! One last question. The only thing is I have no taste or smell prior to taking any medicine. Since Last Sat, the 14th. Should I still be concerned? I have been taking the new antibiotic since Monday. I will constantly do the things you have suggested, and i so much appreciate it.





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From Dr. Amir
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:41 PM EST
You welcome. I would say that this is due to infection or cold for sure which is common and I have seen in many people with pharyngitis (sore throat). I will suggest not to worry as this infection or flu can take up few days and even more then one week some times. You should do what I suggested and you will feel the difference. If still you don't feel any better with in three to four days more then see your physician again for re-evaluation. I am not concern for any thing serious right now and feel this will get better and fine in the coming days. You need to avoid spicy or junk food, avoid alcohol and cold things. So, like myself, I really feel this is a very scary. I don't like the fact I cant smell, or taste. Its sad. I am scared, and if I do ever recover my senses, trust me ..I will never take this for granted.
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replied July 27th, 2012
Smell and tast
Update: Currently after returning back to the doctor, changing antibiotics, getting on steroid, and otc medicine, helps, I even got a humidifier with Vick's . Works great, and breaks up a lot. I continued steam treatments, drank a lot of green tea and honey. And I have slowly gained my smell and taste back. However, this has turned into a head cold. And I am having a lot of sinus issues, the doctors suggest most likely an ENT doctor...This will too be in the works.
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replied July 27th, 2012
Smell and tast
Update: Currently after returning back to the doctor, changing antibiotics, getting on steroid, and otc medicine, helps, I even got a humidifier with Vick's . Works great, and breaks up a lot. I continued steam treatments, drank a lot of green tea and honey. And I have slowly gained my smell and taste back. However, this has turned into a head cold. And I am having a lot of sinus issues, the doctors suggest most likely an ENT doctor...This will too be in the works.
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replied August 13th, 2012
Cleaning Bleaching Products in Shower and Taste Loss
I have not been able to taste food for over 2 years. Tried all meds,nasal rinses. 2 seperate visits to ENT Professors offered me No hope of taste returning. He did tell me my taste loss was probably caused by inhaling fumes from cleaning products such as bleach and similar combinations. Micro Tiny water droplets of bleaching agents in bathroom shower and steam is inhaled and eventually damages or destroys delicate membranes in and around the Olfactory sensor.The cold that I had that appeared to cause my taste loss was just that final blow so to speak.
My wife is often cleaning the shower to rid it of black Mold that is on some part of the bathroom shower fittings.For me this explanation about the cleaning products seems quite plausible.
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replied August 21st, 2012
Well I have found that my taste and smell is coming back very gradually after my steam and netipot treatment. Some days it was better than others. It could still be better, but it has improved a lot and I now no longer do the steam treatment.

I would definitely recommend that anyone who loses their taste and smell gives it a go. You need to keep under the steam for about five minutes every day.
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replied September 19th, 2012
LOSS OF TASTE AND SMELL AFTER BRONCHITIS
I had a bout of Bronchitis a month ago and I'm over that but I cough every now and then still. but the worst thing is it's been 22 days now and I cannot smell or taste since this infection. I also get a hint of a smell or taste but it goes away again and I am worried that this is permenent damage. What can I do? Can this be cured? I use to regain my senses after say four or five days but come on 22 days??? Help desperate, I miss my favorite food flavors.
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replied September 20th, 2012
Try this - I found it helped me :)
Hi - if you read my posts a few back they explain what I found helpful - hot steam under a towel for five or ten minutes EVERY DAY plus if you can do nasal irrigation (I use a Neti Pot with proper salt) - I did this for a week-ten days with slight improvements, then dropped it to about once a week. I had my cold back in May and I have only now really just regained my taste and smell - and like you it was two steps forward and one back, very intermittent, but if you treat your condition with steam and nasal irrigation I think you will see some improvement.
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replied October 8th, 2012
No Smell or Taste
I have been experiencing all of the symptoms you all describe for three months after a severe flu. My ENT said I have a severe sinusitis/Bacterial infection. I took an expensive antibiotic, Suprax, ($287.62) for 14 days, felt 50% better during the treatment but a week after I regressed to the same condition. I gained 35% of my taste but none of the smell, except for that awful internal raw-onion-like smell and taste in my mouth plus nausea. My ENT wants me to undergo CT Scan now. will keep you posted.
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