Anosmia is the medical term for loss of sense of smell. There are many conditions that may result in anosmia and treatment will depend on your own situation.
- Sinus or nasal disease
- Trauma to the head or nose
- Viral infections
- Genetic conditions (passed to you from another family member)
- Diseases of the nervous system (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s)
- Use of recreational drugs such as cocaine
- Underactive thyroid
Your GP may refer you to an ENT specialist who will assess your symptoms and recommend treatment. In the first instance conservative methods such as oral/nasal steroids, nasal sprays or antibiotics to address any infection may be prescribed.
If conservative methods are not successful your consultant may recommend surgical intervention such as: