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Complete Loss of Smell.why?how Long?

I've just recovered from severe fungal meningitus(2mths hospit.W/severe
brain pressure) once released, I noticed I lost all sense of smell but not
taste.Can anyone tell me why(nerval damage??) and if it's permanent.
Sad 40 yr old male.Dom
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replied December 11th, 2003
Lost Sense of Smell
This is by no means expert testimony, but I once lost my sense of smell. Noticed it one morning in the shower. Couldn't smell the shampoo. No apparent cause for its disappearance. And no apparent cause for its return a few weeks later.
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replied December 22nd, 2010
Can't smell either since meningitis
Dom....

I am 25 years old now, but I had bacterial meningitis when I was 3 months olds. I have no memory of every smelling in my life. Doctors think I smelled up until I got the meningitis. I also can still taste. I might want some extra salt or butter, but I can taste for sure. I don't know why this is either, I was googling and came across what you wrote.
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