Anosmia, (Loss of Smell) A Simple Guide To The Condition, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related Conditions

by Kenneth Kee

Publisher: Kenneth Kee

Publication Date: September 20, 2017

ISBN: 9781370028078

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Anosmia is the inability to perceive smell (medically termed olfaction).
When the loss of smell is not complete, the disorder is called hyposmia.
Some people are anosmic for one specific odor; this is called “specific anosmia”.
Specific anosmia is normally genetically based.
Most patients with anosmia complain of losing the sense of taste (ageusia) and of not enjoying food.
They can sense salty, sweet, sour, and bitter substances but flavor bias which is a function of smell is not possible.
Smell is sensed by a special lining in the posterior portion of the nose called the olfactory epithelium.
Signals are carried from this lining via nerves to the brain.
Any factors that block the smell from reaching this lining or induce injury may cause anosmia.
Injury to nerves that bring the signals or the part of the brain that senses smell can lead to anosmia.
Anosmia may be part of normal aging.
The most frequent causes of anosmia are respiratory infections, sinusitis, and head trauma.
Anosmia or losing the ability to smell is quite a frequent problem which a patient has at one point or the other.
Anosmia can be incomplete or complete but it is very infrequent that someone has total loss of the capability to smell.
Occasionally Anosmia or loss of smell can also be congenital with a patient having inability to smell things right from birth.
Anosmia or loss of smell can be transient or permanent dependent on the cause of it.
Anosmia or loss of smell does not really suggest a serious medical condition but if permanent has an impaired sense of smell then it does not allow him or her to enjoy the things which normal people are fond of the smell of a good food, smell of fresh flowers and the like.
This may make the person with permanent anosmia depressed.
The patient may soon lose interest in eating foods as he or she is not able to enjoy food that normal people do due to Anosmia or ...