Taste and smell are the senses that make life sweeter. They provide an emotional context as well as valuable information about safety and well-being. A partial or total loss of these senses can be bewildering and can inhibit the patient socially and professionally. Getting to the root of your smell and taste disorder is best accomplished with the help of a skilled ear, nose, and throat specialist such as Dr. Zadeh. A loss of taste and smell can be caused by polyps in the nasal cavity, a deviated septum, sinus disorders, or in rare cases, brain tumors.
What are taste and smell disorders?
Taste and smell disorders can range from mildly annoying to debilitating, and in all cases, they may diminish one's quality of life.
Some causes of smell and taste disorders include:
- Sinus disease
- Hormonal imbalance
- Dental problems
- Radiation therapy
- Certain medications
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Upper respiratory infections
Taste disorders include:
- Hypogeusia – Strong flavors are muted
- Dysgeusia – Normal flavors taste strange
- Ageusia – There is no ability to taste whatsoever
Smell disorders include:
- Anosmia – There is a total loss of ability to smell
- Hyperosmia – The sense of smell is abnormally heightened
- Dysosmia – The sense of smell is distorted, causing an experience of unpleasant odors
How are taste and smell disorders treated?
The first step is to undergo a detailed consultation with Dr. Zadeh. He will perform a physical evaluation and a thorough review of your medical history. He will test you for allergies and gather a list of your current and previous medications. Getting to the root cause of your taste and smell disorder is Dr. Zadeh’s primary focus. Diagnostic testing may include a CT scan, an endoscopic sinus or nasal exam, and olfactory function testing if needed.
If your taste and smell disorder turns out to be a result of sinusitis, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps, Dr. Zadeh can perform several strategic procedures to help alleviate your symptoms. These treatments may include balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery, sinuva implant surgery, or other procedures.
In some cases, when the smell and taste disorder is due to seasonal allergies, the patient will regain their sense of smell and taste without any medical intervention. If smoking is the cause, then the doctor can counsel the client to participate in a smoking cessation program. Likewise, if certain medications are to blame for the loss of smell and taste, the doctor can modify your prescriptions.
What are the benefits of treatment for a smell or taste disorder?
- Improved flavors and aromas
- Restored quality of life
- Enhanced enjoyment in eating
- Renewed safeguards against danger
- Peace of mind
- Improved breathing
Who is a candidate for smell and taste disorder treatment?
If you have noticed a gradual or sudden loss of taste or smell, you may be alarmed and in desperate need of some answers. Whether your taste and smell senses are functioning in a distorted fashion, or they are completely gone, you may be an excellent candidate for treatment by a top-rated ENT. Dr. Zadeh will perform an in-depth consultation to get to the bottom of your impaired senses and create a solution that is customized to your needs.
What happens after my treatment?
Recovery will vary from patient to patient, based on what procedure was performed in order to restore a sense of taste and smell. Dr. Zadeh will go over your individual aftercare plan with you, providing instructions and a recovery timeline. Most clients experience tremendous relief and benefit from undergoing surgical procedures with Dr. Zadeh.