Loss of Smell
Officially called anosmia, the loss of smell can deprive you of the everyday joys of
great cooking or your favorite walk outdoors. Some degree of loss in your ability
to smell comes with age, other times it can be temporary if related to nasal
congestion or allergies.
Symptoms & Causes
The common cold, hay fever, rhinitis, certain medications, and tumors of the nose or brain could all be the culprit behind your loss of smell. Consult a doctor if your degree of smelling loss worsens or it doesn’t go away after a couple weeks. If you have other inexplicable symptoms your condition could be much larger than smelling loss.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Your physician will look at your medical history and ask you questions related to your loss in smell. He or she might recommend a CT or MRI scan, a nasal endoscopy or possibly an x-ray of the skull. Based on the outcome of your visit with the doctor you may be prescribed decongestants, antihistamines or the use of a humidifier. Another solution may be increased vitamin A supplements.
Loss of Smell Prevention
There is no way to prevent or treat the loss of smell due to aging. To prevent the loss of your senses due to a viral or bacterial infection avoid germs by washing your hands, avoiding those who are sick and keeping your body healthy with fresh foods and by drinking lots of water.