A simple viral cold may make you unable to enjoy the taste and smell of your favorite food. How to get taste and smell after cold? Did you know that in order to enjoy a meal, you need to have both your sense of smell and your taste buds healthy?
Loss of taste alone, called ageusia, is very rare, and it seems that what most people complain about as a “loss of taste” is actually a lack or loss of sense of smell.
There are various reasons for the decrease or lack of sense of smell and taste, but usually in most cases, by eliminating the underlying cause, your sensory problem will also be resolved.
These days, we see that a significant number of people with Quaid 19 complain of both lack of smell and taste. Studies in this area are still ongoing.
In addition, our doctors offer appropriate solutions to get rid of the lack of smell and taste following colds.
What causes loss of smell and taste?
Common causes of loss of sense of smell and taste include the following:
- Upper respiratory infections:
the flu, or a common viral cold may be associated with decreased sense of smell and taste.
With inflammation of the nasal mucosa and sinuses, in addition to congestion and nasal congestion, the olfactory nerve near the nasal mucosa may also change and you will lose your sense of smell and taste. This loss will be completely temporary and will be eliminated by improving the infection and inflammation.
Inflammatory reactions caused by your allergies can also increase the thickness of the mucous membranes inside your airways and sinuses. Changes in the smell and taste of people with allergies are very common. The reasons for the reduction or lack of smell are temporary.
About 80% of people who test positive for PCR have complained of reduced or no sense of smell or taste. Inflammation of the nasal mucosa and congestion are probably the cause of this problem. Most people with the recovery of the nineteen cavities see the return of their lost or diminished senses, but there may be a possibility that the sensory symptoms may persist. Further studies are underway.
- Structural problems in the upper respiratory tract:
Nasal polyps, or sinus polyps, are soft, painless tissues that are present in the airways of the nose and sometimes the sinuses become inflamed following allergies, asthma, respiratory infections, immune system problems, and the use of certain medications.
Inflammation of these tissues can be accompanied by nosebleeds, pain and a feeling of pressure on the face, nasal congestion, runny nose and headache.
Decreased smell and taste will also be possible manifestations
Decreased sense of smell and taste also occurs with some drugs, some of which are listed below:
- Medications prescribed to treat urinary and bladder problems
- Blood cholesterol lowering drugs
- Medications used in mental health problems
- Some antihypertensive drugs
Medications and conditions that dry out the mucous membranes of your mouth and nose will be accompanied by a decrease in smell and taste.You should not stop taking the drug arbitrarily if it has reduced your sense of smell or taste
- Cancer treatments (chemotherapy and radiotherapy):
Head and neck radiotherapy and some chemotherapy drugs can affect your sense of smell and taste. At the end of the treatment period, this problem will be solved.
- Nutrient deficiency:
Reducing your zinc intake can reduce your sense of smell
- Problems with teeth and gums:
- Improper oral hygiene
- Problems and inflammation of the gums
They can cause you to misunderstand the smells and tastes.
- Increasing age:
As you grow older, you may gradually lose your sense of smell and taste.
Other causes that can reduce your sense of smell and taste are:
- Skull traumas
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Pituitary insufficiency (hypopituitarism)
Also, if you drink alcohol, if you are a smoker, or if you suffer from damage and burns to the mucous membranes of your mouth and tongue as a result of swallowing hot food, your sense of smell and taste may be reduced.
Of course, each of the above reasons that can be the cause of your problem, require their own treatment. We will say more here that How to get taste and smell back after fever.
How to treat a decrease in the sense of smell and taste following a cold?
The first step to proper treatment is to correctly diagnose the underlying cause.
Your doctor will be able to determine the reason for your loss of smell and taste with a detailed history that he will take, as well as a mucosal examination and examination of your medications and set of symptoms.
Simple viral colds are associated with the following symptoms:
- Nasal congestion
- body pain
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Facial pain
- Body pain
In the flu, we will have more pronounced whooping cough, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches.
To reduce the mentioned symptoms, observing the following points can be useful:
- Consume hot liquids
- Use anticonvulsants as appropriate
- Use of antihistamines as appropriate
- Steam vaporizer
Antibiotics will have no place in viral colds
Nowadays, when we are in Pandemic covid19, you can use the following methods to restore your sense of smell and taste.
Before proceeding with the procedures, we recommend that you do not rush and be patient to fully return to the senses of smell and taste after inflammation and viral infections.
Use the following extracts:
Smell the extracts one by one in the following order. Smell each extract for ten seconds, wait ten seconds and repeat the smelling with another extract.
- Keep doing this for up to two weeks
- Repeat this twice (morning and evening)
- Try to use concentrated extracts
You can also substitute the following four extracts for the following extracts:
- Instead of rose extract, narcissus !!!, jasmine or lavender
- Instead of thyme extract, angelica, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon
- Instead of lemon juice, orange juice
- Instead of eucalyptus extract, garlic, vinegar or mint
Using four scents of four extracts to help smell and taste return as soon as possible after a cold will be very helpful.
- Rinse your nose two to three times a day:
Keep doing this for two weeks to a month
This will help reduce the inflammation of your respiratory mucosa.
Sometimes it can take up to twelve weeks for the olfactory senses to fully return, so continue your treatment calmly, patiently, and optimistically without the anxiety and worry that will slow you down.