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have i lost my olfactory senses for good?

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2 months back I had a serious bout of shrimp allergy. My doctor prescribed levofloxacin tablets. 2 days into the medication, I felt a metallic taste in my mouth and could not taste/smell anything. I told my doctor and he said that is a normal thing and it will go away. After I completed the medication, the metallic taste subsided but till date I have not been able to taste or smell anything. I tried smelling apple cider vinegar. My nose burns but I do not smell it. My doc has sent me to an ENT and he has ordered a MRI.

Could anyone pl tell me what is going on or I have lost my olfactory senses for good? I am 35.

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replied August 15th, 2016
Neurological Disorders Answer A58412
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Levofloxacin is not known to cause olfactory side effects. However if your symptoms have been persistent consider taking opinion from an ENT specialist at the earliest for further examination, evaluation, clarification and assistance. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/ENT specialist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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