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Altered Smell Sense Overview

What is an altered smell sense?
A person with altered sense of smell has difficulty identifying odors, or has difficulty distinguishing one odor from another. Nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis), nasal polyps, and sinus infections are the most common causes of altered the sense of smell.

What are the symptoms of an altered smell sense?
The most common symptoms of an altered smell are difficulty identifying odors, or has difficulty distinguishing one odor from another.

How does the doctor treat an altered smell sense?
Treatment for an altered smell sense depends on the underlying cause.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Altered Smell Sense References
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