Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Infection Affect My Sense of Smell?

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 04:57 PM

Question: I recently had a sinus infection and now my sense of taste and smell is not as strong. Could the infection have caused this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Your loss of taste and smell must be evaluated by a doctor to determine the cause.
 
You may have nerve damage, a continuing infection, or even cancer. Our sense of smell comes from nerve fibers in the nose. A sinus infection may reduce our sense of smell, but so will tumors. Request a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist for further evaluation, or go to a primary care physician who will listen to you and evaluate to your concerns more efficiently.
 
In the meantime, you would be wise to stop smoking, if you use tobacco, and reduce your exposure to solvents or irritants that may be contributing to your sensory losses.

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