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Can sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate cause anosmia?

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Posted on Tue, 8 May 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Is there any evidence that a daily use of sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate as a nasal wash has anosmia side effect?
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Brief Answer:
No direct evidence

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There is no direct evidence or no robust studies to say daily nasal irrigation couldn itself cause anosmia.
however you should be careful about the pressures, temperature, the neti pot or syringes that you use. they should be gentle and autoclaved.
pressure and temp could damage the nasal mucosa.

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