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Abnormal sense of smell.

Symptoms of Parosmia

The following features are indicative of Parosmia:
  • changes in the sense of smell
It is possible that Parosmia shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Parosmia

The following are the most common causes of Parosmia:
  • certain medicines (amphetamines, estrogen, naphazoline, phenothiazines)
  • blockage of the nose due to nasal polyps
  • infections in nose, throat, or sinuses
  • endocrine disorders
  • dementia

Other Causes of Parosmia

The following are the less common causes of Parosmia:
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • head injury or nasal or sinus surgery
  • radiation therapy to head or face

Risk Factors for Parosmia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Parosmia:
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Idiopathic Parkinson’s syndrome
  • old age
  • being woman

Prevention of Parosmia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Parosmia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid using too many nasal decongestants

Occurrence of Parosmia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Parosmia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Parosmia most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Parosmia can occur in any gender.

Complications of Parosmia if untreated

Yes, Parosmia causes complications if it is not treated.

Self-care for Parosmia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Parosmia:
  • avoid using too many nasal decongestants

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Parosmia.

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