We understand how challenging it can be to lose your sense of smell and all the pleasant aromas that enhance everyday life. Being able to smell also influences your ability to taste and allows you to protect yourself from smoke, gas or unsafe food. If you feel you have a significant loss of smell, it is important to see an otolaryngologist (ENT) as soon as possible to be evaluated. Sometimes loss of smell can be restored, depending on the underlying cause.
Loss of sense of smell: What you need to know
- Losing your sense of smell, or experiencing a reduction or change, can be caused by illness, such as COVID-19, sinus infection or head cold. Other reasons may include head injury, nasal polyps, medications, chemicals or cigarette smoking.
- Our UF Health specialists will perform a complete exam and use additional tests to measure what smells can be recognized and the extent of your loss of smell.
- Your physician will focus on identifying the underlying health problem or cause, which will determine what form of treatment would be most appropriate.
- If nasal blockages are found, surgery may be needed to open the nasal passageways.
Loss of sense of smell: Our expertise
Experience you can trust: We have accomplished rhinology/sinus surgery specialists with experience treating anosmia or loss of smell. They are committed to providing you with a comprehensive examination and an accurate diagnosis. Our physicians will also listen to your needs to create an individualized treatment plan that fits your unique situation.
Advanced research and technology: As a part of a leading academic medical institution, our ENT team can offer you the most advanced research-based treatments and technologies to provide you with the best possible outcomes.