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Loss of Sense of Smell

Loss of Smell Treatment in Jacksonville

The loss of any sense can be devastating and substantially reduce quality of life. Although the implications of losing vision or hearing are readily evident, an appreciation for the loss of one’s sense of smell (anosmia) is less apparent.

Typically, we don’t appreciate the amount and richness of sensory information we experience through olfaction until it is lost. The smell of blooming flowers, the ocean, a spring day, a holiday meal cooking in the kitchen and countless other smells enrich our daily experience.

Our sense of smell is also important for our safety in detecting smoke, gas or spoiled food. Olfaction can also influence and enhance other senses; it is estimated that much of what we consider taste actually is smell.

Common Causes of Loss of Smell:

Approximately 5% of the general population is considered anosmic and an additional 15% are considered to have a reduced sense of smell (hyposmia).

According to Cleveland Clinic, the loss of smell can be caused by a range of factors such as,

  • Sinonasal disease
  • Trauma
  • Neoplasm
  • Viral respiratory infection
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Nasal polyps

Quality of life is significantly reduced in patients with olfactory loss. The magnitude of this reduction in quality of life is highlighted by findings from clinical investigations indicating that approximately one fourth to one third of patients with olfactory disorders exhibit depressive symptoms. The loss of olfaction can therefore have a profound effect on a patient’s life.

At the North Florida Sinus Center, we assist patients who have experienced a loss in their ability to smell using a comprehensive diagnostic strategy to identify the root cause of the olfactory disorder and treat when appropriate.

Schedule a Consultation for Olfactory Treatment in Jacksonville, FL

A loss of smell can be a frustrating experience but there are treatment options available to assist patients. Please contact our sinus specialists at The North Florida Sinus Center to discuss the root of your cause and the treatment available. Please call (904) 595-7475 to schedule an appointment at The North Florida Sinus Center in Jacksonville, FL. If you are experiencing an olfactory disorder and are located in Northern Florida, Southwest Georgia, San Marco, St. Augustine, or Ponte Vedra Beach, schedule your consultation with the North Florida Sinus Center today.