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Old 03-29-2021, 12:36 PM
 
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Three days after testing positive for Covid-19, "everything tasted like cardboard," recalls 38-year-old Elizabeth Medina, who lost her sense of taste and smell at the start of the pandemic. A year later, she fears she will never get them back.

Having gone through 3 years of living a nightmare of no taste and smell from a severe sinus and upper respiratory infection (it's still not 100 % back but 80-90% better) it truly is miserable!
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Old Yesterday, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I suggest every survivor do this. I've always had a weak sense of smell due to a dairy sensitivity and sleep apnea.

This helps me be more aware and present.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynzHRz2hciQ
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Old Yesterday, 01:23 PM
 
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Losing my sense of smell and taste was the most unpleasant aspect of my COVID experience. But, it prompted me to eat more fruit and raw veggies, mainly for the texture. Fortunately, it returned one week to the day of losing it.
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Old Yesterday, 02:14 PM
 
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My cousin, who is 52, lost his sense of taste and smell after getting COVID-19 during Christmas time, and they still haven't returned. He just told me he's trying acupuncture next!
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Old Yesterday, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Early America
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Long-term loss of taste and smell can be from nutritional deficiencies or a poor diet. That is the first thing I would consider and rule out.

Supplementing with nutrients that affect taste/smell might help: zinc, vitamin A, B6, B12, D and copper. Also paying attention to the quality of the diet.

People who can't smell or taste are at risk for malnutrition and exacerbating the problem. They are less likely to eat a balanced diet when everything tastes like cardboard.
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Long-term loss of taste and smell can be from nutritional deficiencies or a poor diet. That is the first thing I would consider and rule out.

Supplementing with nutrients that affect taste/smell might help: zinc, vitamin A, B6, B12, D and copper. Also paying attention to the quality of the diet.

People who can't smell or taste are at risk for malnutrition and exacerbating the problem. They are less likely to eat a balanced diet when everything tastes like cardboard.
The coronavirus causes loss of taste and smell.

https://hms.harvard.edu/news/how-cov...ses-loss-smell

https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0413132809.htm
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Old Yesterday, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Early America
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No, really? ...lol. That's why i posted about nutrients that affect taste and smell. Certain conditions can cause you to be low in vitamins associated with smell and taste, like the vitamins I listed. It's easy enough to rule this out by trying it.
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Old Yesterday, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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No, really? ...lol. That's why i posted about nutrients that affect taste and smell. Certain conditions can cause you to be low in vitamins associated with smell and taste, like the vitamins I listed. It's easy enough to rule this out by trying it.
It is due to the virus, not a nutritional deficiency. Fortunately, for most people it does get better.
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM
 
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It is due to the virus, not a nutritional deficiency. Fortunately, for most people it does get better.
I’ve been using the somewhat harmless technique of scent training. Basically I just smell stuff. I’m about 80 to 90% back and I’m still five months in. Now, about a month ago I started putting on my cologne again my perfumes. Man did they stink. I could smell the alcohol chemical, and parts very vague parts of the scent.

Just the other day I put on a favorite perfume and I actually kind of smelled the whole thing. That was a breakthrough.

The worst part of the whole thing is the phantom smells. For weeks I’ve been smelling weird things. At first it was cigarette smoke. There’s no cigarette smoke anywhere. It morphed about two weeks ago into like a burnt food smell or like burned wood smell. And then one day I blew my nose and my hands smelled like chocolate. I washed my hands. I smelled my hands — chocolate. That stopped a few days ago. It’s almost like since I’ve started smelling the phantom smells is when my sense of smell really started getting better. I think I had read somewhere that that’s common.

And yes, my doctor knows.
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Old Yesterday, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My mother has not had taste and smell in over 25 years due to severe sinus issues and she even had sinus surgery. It sucks but you learn to deal with it.
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