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What can the loss of smell and taste be a symptom of?

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I had suffered from a congested nose over the past winter that has since subsided after months and months of treatment. I have noticed that for the last few weeks I have had a signficant loss of both smell and taste, which is frankly making me a bit concerned. What can the loss of smell and taste be a symptom of?

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. The effects of nasal congestion can have various outcomes for its sufferers, two of the most common being a loss of smell (Anosmia) and a loss of taste (Ageusia).

The loss of smell, often times, isn’t serious, but it can sometimes be a sign of a nervous system (neurological) condition. Anosmia can be caused by temporary or permanent irritation or destruction of the mucous membranes lining the inside of your nose. This can be caused by:

– Acute sinusitis (sinus infection)
– Common cold
– Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
– Influenza (flu)
– Nonallergic rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)

You can find more information about this condition on this service page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!

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1 Answer

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. The effects of nasal congestion can have various outcomes for its sufferers, two of the most common being a loss of smell (Anosmia) and a loss of taste (Ageusia).

The loss of smell, often times, isn’t serious, but it can sometimes be a sign of a nervous system (neurological) condition. Anosmia can be caused by temporary or permanent irritation or destruction of the mucous membranes lining the inside of your nose. This can be caused by:

– Acute sinusitis (sinus infection)
– Common cold
– Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
– Influenza (flu)
– Nonallergic rhinitis (chronic congestion or sneezing not related to allergies)

You can find more information about this condition on this service page.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at today!