Top 4 causes other than COVID-19

Novem­ber 27, 2020, 16:37

Loss of smells and tastes is one of the key symp­toms of COVID-19. How­ev­er, the vio­la­tion also char­ac­ter­izes oth­er dis­eases. We tell you in which cas­es you can lose your sense of smell and how to dis­tin­guish this symp­tom in a coro­n­avirus dis­ease.

When else can you lose your sense of smell

Do not rush to diag­nose your­self, hav­ing lost your sense of smell. This still does not mean infec­tion with the coro­n­avirus. If you sus­pect covid, be sure to con­tact your fam­i­ly doc­tor. Don’t pan­ic and remem­ber — loss of smell can also be caused by dis­eases from our list.

1. Colds

Before the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, we paid lit­tle atten­tion to our scent recep­tors, so we could sim­ply miss the fact that they were dis­turbed dur­ing a cold. How­ev­er, anos­mia also occurs due to nasal con­ges­tion with a severe run­ny nose, which direct­ly occurs with influen­za or SARS. More­over, the scent is restored much faster than with COVID-19 — with­in 2–3 days.

2. Chronic diseases

Loss of smell is not exclud­ed in chron­ic sinusi­tis or rhini­tis. The work of recep­tors is dis­turbed, as with a cold, due to inflam­ma­to­ry process­es in the nasal cav­i­ty. Tastes and smells return after the elim­i­na­tion of the dis­ease.

When the scent returns in various diseases

3. Domestic causes and injuries

Smell prob­lems are not uncom­mon among peo­ple with injuries to the bones or tis­sues in the nose. Any dam­age can dis­rupt the func­tion­al­i­ty of the recep­tors and thus cause loss of smell. In addi­tion, the sense of smells can be lost after con­tact with house­hold chem­i­cals.

4. Allergy

Sea­son­al aller­gy suf­fer­ers also find it very dif­fi­cult to smell, espe­cial­ly in spring and sum­mer. Air­borne pollen caus­es nasal con­ges­tion, sneez­ing, itch­ing, red­ness, watery eyes, cough­ing, and a scratchy throat.

Of course, under the pres­sure of such signs of prob­lems with the sense of smell, one does not have to wait long. At the same time, peo­ple with aller­gies also have com­plaints about prob­lems with the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract in the nasopha­ryn­geal region. At the same time, with COVID-19, patients are more like­ly to suf­fer from dis­or­ders in the bronchi, tra­chea, and lungs.

Causes of loss of smell

Note that the for­mer act­ing. Min­is­ter of Health Ulana Suprun devot­ed an entire post on her Face­book page to the loss of smell.

She called the key fea­ture of the vio­la­tion in coro­n­avirus that it occurs abrupt­ly, even when a per­son does not have a run­ny nose or nasal con­ges­tion.

After recov­ery, most peo­ple’s sense of smell returns in less than four weeks. But at the same time, not every per­son is able to ful­ly restore olfac­to­ry func­tions.

Take care of your health and in case of any dete­ri­o­ra­tion in well-being, con­sult a doc­tor!

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