Loss of Smell due to COVID19

It has recently come to my attention that there are a rising number of patients with COVID19 who are experiencing anosmia (loss of sense of smell).

This is being reported across the world. There are multiple otolaryngologists in France and Italy who have noted an increase in this symptom from both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients who have tested positive for COVID19.

There are a number of other patients who are suffering from this symptom and unfortunately we do not have a grasp on whether it is permanent or temporary. There have been reports of the smell returning but only time will tell. If you have anyone close to you that has isolated loss of smell it would be wise to self quarantine for at least two weeks. If you feel it may be from something else we are available for teleconference consultation five days a week. Feel free to book your appointment HERE. As more information becomes available I will try to update this blog post.

Update March 20

It has come to my attention that many around the world are turning to zinc (a commonly used medication for the common cold). While this medication is sold over-the-counter, there are numerous studies linking the intranasal version of it to permanent anosmia. We do not have nearly enough information about the cause of anosmia in COVID19 patient's but I would venture a guess that some of them could be linked to the use of these sprays to help fight off the disease. Be careful with your use of zinc and I would recommend not using it intranasal unless you are told to do so by a healthcare professional who understands this risk and feels the benefits outweigh it.

Author Top Los Angeles ENT Specialist, Dr Geoffrey Trenkle, D.O. Dr. Geoffrey B. Trenkle, D.O. LACENTA C.E.O.

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