The Nose Can’t Smell

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Hello dock! About 5 days my nose was blocked and at that time my throat hurt a little. In addition, my nose can’t smell and my tongue can’t taste food. Now before my nose gets blocked, I do feel a little stressed and my sleep schedule is a mess. Then, yesterday on Tuesday, I went to the clinic near my home. Thank God, my nose is no longer blocked and my throat doesn’t hurt anymore, but my nose still can’t smell and my tongue can’t taste food. I’m afraid of getting serious illness doc. What is the solution to my problem huh?

1 Answer:

Hello Nathania,

Thank you for the question.

Nasal congestion, smell and taste disorders, accompanied by sore throat can occur due to a mild cause, but can also be dangerous. Frequently, these various complaints arise due to disorders around the nose, sinuses, and throat, for example due to allergies, irritation, viral infections (including Corona virus that causes COVID-19) or bacteria, foreign body intrusion, nerve and blood vessel disorders, side effects medications, gastric acid reflux, even benign or malignant tumors around these organs.

Your condition that previously experienced stress and irregular sleep can reduce your endurance, making it easier for you to get sick. However, exactly what pain you are suffering from, of course this can only be ascertained by a direct examination by a doctor.

In the meantime, considering that your complaints have improved, you should not panic first. In order to improve the smell and taste disturbance that you experience, the following steps you can try first:

Diligently brushing teeth and gargling with salt solution
Irrigation your nasal cavity, which is by spraying NaCl liquid into each nasal cavity alternately using a syringe (injection) that has been removed by the needle
Take a shower with warm water, diligently also wash your hands with soap
Use air humidifiers, don't use excessive air conditioners and fans
Do not smoke
Stay away from smoke, dust, pollution, and things that make you allergic
Don't worry too much, and don't also get too tired
Use a mask if your nose and throat still feel uncomfortable
Discipline to exercise and eat foods rich in antioxidants so that the immune system remains excellent

However, if until a long time your complaint does not improve, or if you feel you've been in contact with sufferers / suspects of COVID-19, you should check yourself directly to the doctor or ENT doctor so that you are given the right treatment.

I hope this helps.

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