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What can cause loss of taste and smell after a bout of severe cold?

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Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: yes.
After a terrible cold in November I lost my sense of smell and taste. Will they ever come back?
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
A number of causes.

Detailed Answer:


This could be due to a number of causes including nasal congestion which can be relieved by nasal decongestants or it could be due to the development of nasal polyps that needs to be removed.

Another cause is an age-related loss of sense of taste and smell which can be improved by oral prednisone or cortisone based nasal sprays. You should know that complete recovery may not be achieved in all cases.

I hope you find helpful.

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman, Internal Medicine Specialist
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