Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inability to Smell Treatment

Treatment of an altered smell sense depends on the underlying cause. Permanent loss of smell is rare. Most of the time, symptoms resolve after the underlying cause is treated. Rhinitis or sinusitis may be treated with salt water rinses, decongestant medications, antihistamine medications, antibiotics, or corticosteroid medications. Nasal polyps, or sinus problems that do not resolve with medications, may require surgery. A person must also avoid smoke and other airborne substances that may alter the sense of smell.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Inability to Smell References
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