Although there is no medical treatment for it, there are alternatives you can turn to. Here you can find out more about this.
In addition to being senses that allow us to enjoy flavors and fragrances, taste and smell are essential for our health because they let us know whether a food is in good or bad condition, they whet our appetite and desire to eat, alert us to dangers such as a gas or gasoline leak, and even allow us to properly control the amount of ingredients used in a dish.
Now, with Covid-19, the absence of taste and smell have become two of its main symptoms. According to studies published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH), up to 88% of patients with coronavirus have lost their taste and smell.
According to Barnaclínic’s ENT blog, the absence of these senses can occur separately or both at the same time, “but the most important is anosmia, or total loss of smell.” However, according to the specialized center, more than half of patients with this condition resulting from Covid-19 improve within a month of diagnosis. “This positive evolution demonstrates that the virus does not cause permanent damage to the olfactory neuroepithelium in most cases,” states the website.
What if it persists?
If these two senses do not recover, olfactory training should be considered, as it is the only treatment currently available. It consists of a series of exercises that teach smell recognition through a selection of aromas associated with direct images (lime, rose, eucalyptus, anise, smoke, vinegar). Thus, the patient trains their sense of smell and olfactory memory.
Ideally, this is done twice a day (morning and afternoon), exposing yourself for 10 seconds to each of the selected aromas, for at least three months. Nonetheless, Barnaclínic explains that this should be started within the first 12 months after the loss of smell due to Covid-19.
After this period, an olfactometry is done to see the results that have been achieved. If no recovery is evidenced, training can be continued.