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i have no sense of smell, meaning i can sniff bleach, hot sauces, ect and absolutely cannot smell a thing. i can sometimes taste the smell way back in my sinus, almost feels like the back of the throat. Used to use a lot of otc sinus sprays (overuse) could this be some of the
cause. also am chronic allergy sufferer. have to switch meds regularly as they loose their efficacy over time. Also
use to take oral steroids for asthma, then i did have smell.
but it was weird smell, like vitamin smell. hated it. is
there medical dangers associated with loss of smell?

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  • Dr. Chris February 4, 2011

    No there is no significant danger due to a loss of smell (anosmia). Of course you are at a disadvantage when it comes to smelling a gas leak ad so on, which could be potentially fatal.

    It is however important to verify whether this loss of smell is not secondary to some other systemic or neurological condition which could also have serious consequences. Another factor to consider is a tumor within the nasal cavity which may be causing anosmia and if left untreated, it can spread and complicate treatment in the future. Your history puts you more at risk. Do not just accept that this loss of smell is due to your other nasorespiratory conditions.

    Speak to your doctor to exclude other serious and potentially life threatening conditions. If this can be excluded, then overall it is a dangerous condition. You can read more about this condition in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/anosmia-loss-of-sense-of-smell-causes-and-treatment.html

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