The physician may suggest a treatment, such as an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug to reduce nasal swelling, or suggest a consultation with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) who can help address the smell disorder
Devere, director of the Taste and Smell Disorder
Clinic in Austin, Texas, and Calvert, a food consultant, team up to offer an overview of taste and smell disorders
, including common causes, diagnostics, treatments, food preparation advice, and 36 recipes focused on the unique needs of this population.
For example, if you have a smell disorder, a candy bar may still taste sweet, but you might not recognize the scent, and therefore flavor, of chocolate.
There are two main types of smell disorders: Hyposmia is a reduction in your ability to detect odors.
A randomized, placebo controlled trial of oral zinc for chemotherapy-related taste and smell disorders
. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother.
such as anosmia are more common than we think, studies say.
Sinusitis and polyps in the nasal cavity, or reactions to certain medications (such as antihistamines), and radiation treatments, can all lead to "smell disorders
." Even diabetes can affect the olfactory system.
For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of burning mouth syndrome and other taste and smell disorders
, visit www.tasteandsmell.com.
Drug-induced taste and smell disorders
: incidence, mechanisms and management related primarily to treatment of sensory receptor dysfunction.
Overall, smell disorders
are more common than taste disorders.