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What causes loss of taste after treating viral sinus infection?

Hello there my wife had a viral sinus infection possibly viral pneumonia in August and it lasted for maybe three or four weeks since then her to her sense of taste is almost non-existent she can taste nothing would you have any ideas she doesn t take medication and she can t smell and what she does smell is Rancid
Mon, 31 Dec 2018
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Hi,

The sense of taste can be affected in your wife by two ways-

The sense of smell always contributes in sense of taste & having sinus infection her sense of taste would have been hampered to affect the sense of taste.

- Viruses can affect nerve endings /the antibiotics given to treat the condition damage normal oral cavity flora the lactobacillus to hamper food taste.

Let her start with supplements of B complex with lactobacilli to improve her taste. Vitamin B12 injections would damage sensation of smell &taste over the time & she would recover within a fortnight.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Vasudha Jayant Athavale, General & Family Physician
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