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Loss of Smell

Loss of smell (anosmia) can be partial or complete, although a complete loss of smell is fairly rare. Loss of smell can also be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.
Although loss of smell can sometimes be a symptom of a serious condition, it isn't necessarily serious itself. Still, an intact sense of smell is necessary to fully taste foods. Loss of smell could cause you to lose interest in eating, which could lead to weight loss, malnutrition or even depression.
The common cold is the usual cause for a partial, temporary loss of smell: this will clear up on it's own. Any obstruction in the nasal passages, such as polyps, also may cause at least a partial loss of smell. Aging, or even a brain tumor, may cause a complete and permanent loss of smell. Studies have been done on commercial preparations of intranasal zinc gel that are marketed as a remedy for the common cold. However, intranasal zinc has been reported as a cause of anosmia in humans and animals.
Loss of smell can sometimes be treated, depending on the cause. Your doctor can give you an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection or remove obstructions that are blocking your nasal passage.



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