Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
190 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

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
Report Abuse
General & Family Physician 's  Response

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

Dr Vasudha Jayant Athavale, General & Family Physician
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

I have chronic viral sinus infection. Headache, earache, jaw pain, dry scabby nose. Now I m getting blurry vision, low energy and dizziness, short...