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Losing Your Sense of Smell

You have to accept that loss of smell happens. It can be partial, temporary or permanent loss of smell depending on the damage or case. In fact, there is a recent study that reveals a declining sense of smell among old people is a predictor of death. It is scary but this is from National Social Life, Health and Aging Project with the participation of University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Centre.


According to research, 39% of their subjects who failed the smelling test died at that period. Researchers stressed heavily that olfactory dysfunction does not directly cause death. It is just an indication or an early warning that something is badly wrong. Furthermore, researchers say that the relation of mortality and loss of smell is not clear.

This research is not only applicable for Americans. Singapore can gain insights from this research. With this, it is important that you know about the condition. The loss of smell is clinically called Anosmia. Here are some things that you need to know about it:

  • Causes: Commonly, cold will cause a partial or temporary loss of smell. Apart from cold, an infected sinus can lead to loss of smell. You also need to know that loss of smell is caused by nasal obstructions like polyps, tumours and bony deformity. Another cause is aging.


  • Problems: Generally, the loss of smell is characterized by problems with your nose’s inner lining. The mucous membranes inside your nose may be destructed. Some conditions that causes loss of smell include hay fever, influenza and non-allergic rhinitis.
  • Other causes: The olfactory system is in charge of your sense of smell. The system comprises of receptors found in your mucous lining. The lining is capable of sending information through the nerves unto the brain. If it is damaged or obstructed, you will suffer a loss of smell. Other uncommon causes of anosmia include zinc deficiency, radiation therapy, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, malnutrition, Alzheimer’s disease, brain surgery, diabetes, Kallmann’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease and many more.

If you think you have a partial or temporary loss of smell, you have to see your doctor right away. Do not be afraid that you will die soon. It is safe to see your doctor. There are many olfactory specialists here in Singapore that you can consult. You have to take good care of your nose because you only have one in your lifetime.

When you see your doctor, do not forget to ask for best practices when it comes to caring your nose.