How common is anosmia?
Studies suggest that approximately 1 in 10,000 people are affected by congenital anosmia.
This includes people affected by isolated congenital anosmia (no additional symptoms) and those with congenital anosmia caused by a specific genetic disorder (such as Kallmann syndrome or congenital insensitivity to pain)..
What illness causes loss of smell?
Most commonly, anosmia is caused by:The common cold.Influenza (flu)Sinus infections (acute sinusitis)Hay fever.Non-allergic rhinitis (congestion and sneezing not caused by allergies)COVID-19.
Can a sinus infection cause loss of smell?
Common colds, sinus infections, and stuffy noses are common causes of a temporary loss of smell and will usually clear up within a few days. Other potential causes of a loss of smell can include the following: Obstruction in the nasal cavity due to a foreign object or malformed nasal anatomy.
How can I regain my sense of smell after a sinus infection?
Your sense of smell may go back to normal in a few weeks or months. Treating the cause might help. For example, steroid nasal sprays or drops might help if you have sinusitis or nasal polyps. A treatment called smell training can also help some people.
Can anosmia be cured?
Treatment depends on the cause. If the loss of smell occurs with a cold, allergy, or sinus infection, it typically will clear up on its own in a few days. You should consult your doctor if the anosmia doesn’t clear up once the cold or allergy symptoms have subsided.
Can you taste things if you can’t smell?
As you get older, your sense of smell may fade. Your sense of smell is closely related to your sense of taste. When you can’t smell, food may taste bland.