Smell and Taste

Here is some information about the loss of senses and how they affect everyday life.

Taste disorders can occur when people are born with a chemosensory disorder, or they can come about after an injury or illness, such as upper respiratory infections, or injuries to the head. Some people with taste disorders experience a reduced ability to taste sweet, sour, bitter, and salty flavors. This is called hypogenusia. Taste disorders can often be resolved once said illness or injury has passed. The NIDCD has supported some clinical studies involved with chemosensory disorders. For some more information you can visit this site.

Most people obtain a smelling disorder due to a previous injury or illness, similar to that of taste disorders. There are a few different types of smelling disorders. One is called hyposmia, which the reduced ability to detect odors. When a person cannot detect any smell at all it is called anosmia. Some people might find that they cannot recognize familiar odors. Still others might find that something that smells good to most people smells putrid to them. Some people even detect odors that are not even there. The good news is that there are treatments for smelling disorders. There is more information about smelling disorders on this site.