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Old Yesterday, 06:52 AM
 
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I don't know if this helps the OP, but Yes.


Mine was the result of a severe blow to the head while working offshore rigs. After I regained consciousness* I couldn't smell much of anything. At that time, living 4 to a room with smelly roustabouts, it was probably a blessing.


But being serious, it's never returned even after 40 years. It's not completely gone, but very very limited. Garlic, gasoline, strong perfumes, etc. I can pick up. Subtle stuff (including myself) aren't detected. I learned to be really careful about bathing, deodorant, etc. so I can exist in polite company.


*caused some other problems that are, apparently, lifelong -- but I learned to compensate OK.
Olfactory nerves run inside the nasal cavity. A severe blow to the head or whiplash can result in nerve injury when these nerves hit against bone.

Any time a person reports loss of smell, TBI is worth checking out.
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 AM
 
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My sense of smell “allows” me to smell when there is bacteria on rags, clothes or whatever that needs to be washed. I first noticed it in restaurants when busboys used rags for too long for wiping down tables. Drives my wife crazy, because if she waits too long to move clothes from the washer to the dryer, I will pick that up. As soon as the towel gets wet I can smell the bacteria.

I am also super sensitive to some perfumes, especially tea rose. I swear some women bathe in it.

I just saw a story about a woman, elderly in fact, that could smell Parkinson’s disease in people, even before they are diagnosed with it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:44 AM
 
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No loss of smell for me (only 60). I have always had a super sniffer, sometimes I think a loss of smelling would be a blessing. I can smell B.O. on a person from 6 feet away. :^(
Same here, it's awful I can smell dirty clothes (yes they do have a particular odor) on people when they walk past me. ugh..and I ask to be moved in a restaurant if I am seated next to someone wearing strong perfume.
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Old Yesterday, 09:01 AM
 
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I, too, have a good sense of smell. It actually seems to be improving with age, or maybe it’s just that I have come to know what those faint bad smells are.

My dogs actually taught me to pay more attention to scents. When we were walking at a former home one day, they were raising their snoots and pausing to sniff more often than usual, and with great focus, as if trying to figure something out. I took their frequent pauses as a red flag, so I stopped and sniffed thoroughly. Well, whaddya know...the barest hint of forest fire announced itself to my nose. I looked and looked all around from our high vantage point but could see no smoke anywhere.

Two days later, the news features screamed that a huge fire in New Mexico, hundreds of miles southwest, was spreading.
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Old Yesterday, 09:14 AM
 
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My sense of smell “allows” me to smell when there is bacteria on rags, clothes or whatever that needs to be washed. I first noticed it in restaurants when busboys used rags for too long for wiping down tables. Drives my wife crazy, because if she waits too long to move clothes from the washer to the dryer, I will pick that up. As soon as the towel gets wet I can smell the bacteria.

I am also super sensitive to some perfumes, especially tea rose. I swear some women bathe in it.

I just saw a story about a woman, elderly in fact, that could smell Parkinson’s disease in people, even before they are diagnosed with it.
I don't know if this happens to you, but when I smell something particularly strong it lingers long after the source is gone. When I worked in law enforcement I would put vicks vaporub in my nostrils before being around a decomposing corpse or a scene with a lot of blood because if I didn't I would continue to smell it for hours if not days after. Same thing with strong perfume, if someone comes in my house or rides in my car wearing strong perfume I have to spray ozium to kill the odor after they are gone.
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Old Yesterday, 11:15 AM
 
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I've lost a great deal of it, that's for sure. Lately I was actually wondering if I'd lost some of my sense of taste, too, since nothing I ate seemed satisfying. Like some others, my sinuses have had more than their fair share of abuse over time: grew up in a family of smokers, smoked myself for many years, lived near the WTC when it went down and smelled it burning for months. It's definitely been diminishing since then, more all the time. The coup de grace was the ENT telling me I had the sinuses of a 70 or 80 yr old (I'm 59).
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Old Yesterday, 12:34 PM
 
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That's nasal spray that you are referring to (zinc nasal spray). I am talking about a supplement, and I "heard" about it through google research.
Ask your physician! Medical advice on the internet is risky and especially in regards to the gross quackery involved in vitamins, supplements and over the counter meds.
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Old Yesterday, 02:53 PM
 
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Old age is not for sissies. I just discovered I've lost my sense of smell.

It's called anosmia. I am praying my case is temporary.

I don't know what could have caused it other than stress and/or "old age" (but I don't know what goes wrong in the aging process to cause this).

Not happy about it!

Will start taking multivitamin again - and zinc is supposed to be beneficial.

Ugh.
Not at all.

My hearing seems fine...so far. But I'm beginning to wonder, since some of the streaming programs I watch are hard for me to hear. I live alone so don't know if it's the program or me.

My eyesight is declining rapidly....10 hrs/day on computers for many years. Incl. now.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 PM
 
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Nope. I've always had an acute sense of smell, which was useful when I had to compare fragrances and their degradation for my job. My sense of smell was actually increased when I had brain surgery (the tumor was accessed through my sphenoidal sinuses) and has stayed just as strong since then. It's handy unless one of the cats is yawning in my face.
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Old Yesterday, 03:46 PM
 
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Ask your physician! Medical advice on the internet is risky and especially in regards to the gross quackery involved in vitamins, supplements and over the counter meds.
This is rich.

Yeah, I'm sure my doc will know just what to do. Lots of tests!!! And in the end, no answers.
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