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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 22, 2020
Category: ENT Condition

It's easy to take our ability to taste and smell for granted until we no longer experience it. A variety of disorders can be to blame for this condition, and understanding it requires professional consultation. So get in contact with Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO.

Disorders and Symptoms

The most common disorders at fault produce a variety of symptoms that affect smell and taste to varying degrees.

Hyposmia and hypogeusia only reduce your ability to smell and taste. With the latter impacting mainly your ability to taste foods that are sweet, sour, bitter, or salty.

Anosmia and ageusia, also respectively, completely inhibit your ability to smell or taste.

Some disorders alter your perception of tastes and smells, at times making something you formerly enjoyed appear unpleasant. Or even have you detect a smell that is not there.

Treating Smell and Taste Disorders in Chesterfield, MO

A lot of smell and taste problems can be attributed to respiratory infections, which are brought on by the flu, colds, sinus infections, and allergies.

But the list of possible causes is a long one. They can range from head injuries, the side effects of treating head and neck cancers, unhealthy habits such as smoking, certain medications, and nasal polyps, to name a few.

It is why it's crucial to seek a medical diagnosis so they can determine the underlying problem, and so you may be prescribed proper treatment.

Treatment can be as simple as altering your lifestyle, becoming aware of the chemicals you are exposed to daily, changing or stopping your medications, and possibly surgery if the issue is a blockage or nasal polyps.

But the first step is making an appointment with you Chesterfield, MO, professional Dr. Paul Burk of Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty. So make a phone call today by dialing (314) 576-7503.