Not only COVID-19: what serious illnesses can loss of smell indicate
(ORDO NEWS) — A person can lose smell not only with coronavirus, but also with a number of other serious diseases. Doctors told what to fear.
Barry Smith at 50 learned about Parkinson’s disease. Interestingly, 18 years earlier, he suddenly smelled burning and melted wires. After a moment, the man could not catch a single smell. The problem remained for life.
Smith’s doctor decided that the reason was scuba diving. Diving can indeed cause loss of smell for a while. Unfortunately, no one then knew about the real danger.
Today, everyone is accustomed to the fact that the coronavirus causes loss of smell. However, odor also disappears in the case of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
According to a study, approximately 38% of patients experience a sense of smell problem. If we take only people with Parkinson’s disease, then this percentage rises to 45%.
In the past, doctors did not consider loss of smell to be a symptom, so they completely ignored it. As a result, the chances of timely treatment in patients were reduced to zero.
People with olfactory dysfunction should be considered separately. 19% of the population poorly pick up certain odors, and 0.3% generally lose the ability to smell aromas.
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