Sinusitis and loss of taste

Loss of Smell and Taste Information, Treatment and Relief

We often take for granted the ability to smell and taste and only realize this once these vital senses are lost. Our ability to smell and taste allows us to enjoy delicious foods and savor their rich aromas. This ability also plays an important role in warning us against fires, poisonous substances or even certain gasses which may be harmful or even life threatening.

Generally when you cannot smell, you cannot taste.

The two senses work in harmony to make you aware of your surroundings and to enjoy life’s pleasures. If one gets interrupted, the other suffers as well.

A person’s ability to taste and smell may be explained in a simple equation:
The ability to taste = (and is influenced by) one’s ability to smell an aroma.
Try holding your nose and eating something you enjoy most. The result would be that your favorite food doesn’t taste as good anymore and has lost its beloved flavor! This example corresponds to when one has a cold with blocked nasal passages; food becomes tasteless and dull, as you are unable to smell the foods delicious aromas.
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What are the different types of Loss of Smell and Taste?

  • Anosmia is the complete loss of one’s ability to smell
  • Hyposmia is a partial loss of one’s ability to smell
  • Ageusia is the complete loss of one’s ability to taste
  • Hypogeusia is the partial loss of one’s ability to taste
  • Parosmia is a condition were one’s sense of smell is distorted or where one smells certain odors that are not present, i.e. Phantom odors
  • Dysgeusia is a condition were one tastes abnormal phantom tastes

What are the causes of a Loss of Smell and Taste?

  • People over the age of 30 tend to gradually lose their ability to smell aromas. This may be due to a degeneration of the nerve cells which control smell, together with a loss of sensitivity in one’s taste buds.
  • Men, regardless of age have a lower ability to distinguish between odors.
  • Smoking causes damage to the nasal membranes and reduces one’s ability to identify odors. Foods will also become tasteless as a result of smoking and one may even lose his/her ability to smell aromas.
  • Certain nervous system diseases or radiation treatment for cancer patients may result in a lack of taste and smell.
  • Nasal polyps or growths blocking the nasal passages or sinus cavities diminish ones sense of smell as aromas will not reach the receptor areas where ones sense of smell is formed.
  • A small percentage of the world’s population is born without the ability to smell. This condition is called congenital anosmia.
  • Another cause of loss of

    smell and taste may be upper viral or respiratory infections.

  • Sinusitis or blocked nasal passages cause a blockage in air flow; this reduces the amount of aromas reaching the smell receptors.
  • A trauma to the head may lead to a partial or permanent loss of smell as the nerves responsible for smell may be damaged or contain scar tissue.
  • In rare cases, a loss of smell may be due to a non-malignant brain tumor.
  • Gingivitis or gum diseases may predispose one to having a loss of smell or taste.

Vitamin B12 and Zinc are two important components which help with one’s taste, smell and appetite. A deficiency in the above two may result in a diminished sense of smell or taste and perhaps even weight loss.

How does a doctor test one’s ability to Smell or Taste?

There are a variety of methods a doctor may use to test one’s ability to smell and taste. These include:

  • “Scratch and sniff” tests where a patient is required to scratch an area on a certain piece of paper containing a specific aroma and identify the aroma.
  • If ones loss of smell is due to an obstruction in the nasal passages or sinus cavities, a doctor may perform a nasal examination using an endoscope or nasal telescope.
  • If the problem lies with ones nerves which control the sense of smell, an X-ray or CAT scan may be required to identify the problem.

What are the Symptoms of a Loss of Smell and Taste?

  • Food substances may have a slight metallic taste.
  • One may experience a gradual dislike to foods as they are tasteless and offer no variety.
    This may also result in weight loss as skipping meals throughout the day may occur.
  • A gradual loss of smell and taste may be due to a cold/flu or sinus infection. If after the cold or sinus infection has cleared up, your sense of smell and taste has not returned, it is important that you visit your GP so that he/she can identify any underlying cause for your loss of smell or taste.

How can I effectively treat my Loss of Smell and Taste with SinusWars30?

SinusWars30 is one of the leading homeopathic medicines out there to treat Loss of Smell and Taste. This natural remedy was designed based on thousands of individual cases and is sufficiently generalized to provide a safe and effective remedy to not only treat the symptoms but the underlying cause of the problem. SinusWars30 contains a blend of the finest ingredients that work hard together to improve our god given ability to smell and taste.

Recommended Combinations to USE

SinusWars30 and SinusWars10

These two remedies work extremely well together; SinusWars10 helps to keep the nasal passages clean and clear whilst assisting the system with stabilizing mucus PH. SinusWars10 also contains pepper extract which improves the senses. SinusWars30 deals with the underlying causes of loss of smell and taste. Simply put this duo complements each other to achieve maximum efficacy.

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SinusWars30 and SinusWars70

This combination is for those who suffer with constantly stuffy nasal passages and symptoms of loss of smell and taste. SinusWars70 assists in the liquefaction of thick, tenacious nasal mucus thus assisting in drainage. This makes SinusWars30’s job of getting your senses to work properly much easier with benefits being felt a lot sooner in the treatment.

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SinusWars30 and SinusWars1

Allergy sufferers who have problems with a loss of smell and taste will find this combination a perfect fit. SinusWars1 assists the body in overcoming allergies and the effects of allergies. Allergies often compound the ability to smell and taste thus making the SinusWars30 / SinusWars1 duo and ideal solution to allergies and loss of smell and taste.

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These Weird Tricks Will Clear Your Stuffy Nose In A Jiffy — VIDEO

It’s that time of year again: Cold and flu season is officially upon us. Chances are, you’ve already found yourself dangerously close to someone’s intense coughing or sneezing. So, what better time than now to start preparing for seasonal sniffles? To solve your congestion woes, Prevention magazine has put together a video with some useful tips to solve a stuffy nose instantly. And I do mean instantly — apparently they’ll get the job done in about a minute.

A stuffed up sinus situation is one of the worst cold symptoms. Honestly, who wouldn’t take the occasional shiver over an eternally stuffy nose? A stuffy nose makes all your food taste like cardboard, gives you a horrible pressure headache, and turns you into that person who keeps sniffling really loudly in a quiet room (or is that just me?).

That’s where Prevention’s video comes in. This quick watch will help banish a stuffed-up nose, even when no amount of tissues (with lotion or otherwise) seems to be helping the case. There are a few unconventional tips and tricks on this list, so it’s possible you may not have tried some of them before. And while they may seem weird at first, but I promise you’ll be thankful to smell again, no matter what it takes.

Here’s the general gist of the tricks in two pictures; scroll down to watch the full video. May your nose be ever un-stuffed!

1. The Tongue Tap Trick

To perform this trick — which is apparently an accupuncture manoever — press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Then, use two fingers to firmly tap against your forehead, between your eyebrows. Repeat this “press and tap” motion for around 20 seconds, and it should help your nose clear up. How does it work? It moves a bone and releases what’s keeping you congested. Who knew, right?

2. Hold Your Breath Method

For this trick, you’ll need to tilt your head back and pinch your nose closed. Keep holding your breath for as long as you feel you can (but don’t pass out! Fainting might be the only thing worse than a stuffed nose). When you can no longer hold your breath, release your nose. This tip actually tricks your brain into thinking you need more air: It clears your sinuses to make more room for air to enter; thus, when you release your nose, your airways are clear. Science rules.

Watch the full video below for Prevention’s complete explanation:

Prevention Magazine on YouTube

Images: Chris Costes/Flickr; Prevention/YouTube

Can what you eat and drink affect your blocked nose?

Why is my nose blocked?

The mucous membranes of the nose and pharynx usually produce a small amount of fluid and mucus. However, during inflammation (which usually means a cold or flu), this fluid gets thicker and production increases. As a result of this, the nose can become blocked or congested – a symptom that is both frustrating and uncomfortable as you are probably aware!

What Food and Drinks Should You Avoid?

Dairy Products

You’ll probably be aware that phlegm is a type of mucus (otherwise known as snot). Most of the time phlegm manages to protect the body by preventing germs and harmful materials from entering the airways and causing infection. However, when we do catch a cold or infection the mucus becomes thicker and it is this that gives you that blocked-up feeling.

So, why should you avoid milk at this time? Well, milk won’t, as has sometimes been suggested, make you produce more mucus, but it can make phlegm thicker and thus more unpleasant. Therefore, until your symptoms ease, it might be best to stick to toast for breakfast rather than milky porridge or cereal. Whilst you’re ill you could even try an alternative to dairy such as almond or soya milk – you never know, you might even find you enjoy this little change!

If you’re suffering from other cold and flu symptoms alongside your blocked nose, you could have a look at our blog ‘foods to avoid if you’ve got a cold or flu’. This provides lots of information about what to steer clear of when you’re poorly.

Alcohol

With a blocked nose you probably won’t feel like going out for a drink or ending your day with a bottle of wine but, regardless, you should be aware of the effects of alcohol when you’re sick. Alcohol can dehydrate the body and this, in turn, can make congestion worse. Your nasal problems shouldn’t last more than a couple of weeks so we’d recommend you just avoid alcohol during this time. Make sure you drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated instead!

Food and Drinks That Might Help

Spice

We’re not suggesting you order a vindaloo curry at your local takeaway or add hot sauce to every meal but spice, in moderation, can be beneficial for your blocked nose.

Spicy sauces and foods get their heat from capsaicin, a compound found inside chilli peppers. As you’ve probably experienced yourself, hot foods can make your nose itchy or run and it is this compound that causes this effect. So, if your nose is feeling a bit stuffy, spice, as a result of capsaicin, could break up mucus to leave you feeling less congested – have your tissues at the ready though for when your nose begins to run!

The best way to include spice in your diet, and therefore help your blocked nose, would be to incorporate it into a healthy dinner recipe. Our Spicy Bean Hotpot is perfect for warming you up when you’re feeling poorly! It is crammed full of vegetables and flavour, plus there’s loads of protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins to support your immune system and help get you back to full health. The recipe also gives you the option to add as many or as few chillies as you like so, if you like it hotter, then add as many as you like!

Our blog ‘the best foods for a cold or flu’, provides further information on foods to help you through a bout of illness.

Water

Believe it or not, as well as being great for your body overall, water can actually help with a blocked nose. By keeping your body hydrated, water makes mucus thinner which causes the nose to run. This, in turn, will ease a blocked nose to leave you feeling more comfortable. You could add in chopped fruit such as lemon and cucumber if you fancy a little bit more flavour.

As well as drinking lots of water to help your congestion, it’s also a good idea to drink warm liquids. This can relieve the pressure on your sinuses and will soothe the problems that usually accompany a blocked nose such as a sore throat. The Echinaforce Hot Drink is a really good option because this herbal remedy helps to fight cold and flu symptoms. It’s made from fresh Echinacea and black elderberry which means, as well as being really effective, it has a pleasant and fruity taste.

Alternatively, you could just swap your regular tea or coffee for some herbal tea to see you through your illness. With so much choice available in terms of flavour, you can pick whatever takes your fancy. Peppermint tea contains menthol which cools a sore throat but can also break down mucus to help your nose. Alternatively, Jan deVries’ Refreshing Dutch Herbal Tea uses a traditional recipe containing many different herbs that will further relieve nasal problems.

Citrus Fruit

In general, citrus fruits are a perfect choice when you’re feeling under the weather. That’s because these fruits contain vitamin C which helps boost the immune system. However, more unusually, there is also evidence to suggest that these kinds of fruits are helpful when your nose is blocked. Pineapple for example, may loosen mucus to ease congestion. So, it sounds like you’ll be getting one of your five a day and helping your blocked nose!

As well as taking care to eat things like oranges and grapefruits when you’re ill, you could try some drinks that incorporate these fruits too. A warm lemon and honey drink for example, will help soothe symptoms of a cold, such as a blocked nose. Plus, the heat from the drink may loosen up the mucus from your nose to help with congestion. So, it seems this is a classic and well-known cold treatment for good reason!

If you’d like some more information on the drinks that could help this kind of illness, have a glance at our blog ‘the best drinks to cure your cold’.

Ginger

This one might surprise you but it is a valuable option when it comes to foods that might help a blocked nose! The chemical compounds (or polyphenols) in ginger help to discharge mucus and so again, this eases the problem of congestion.

To benefit from this special compound, you could add a little fresh ginger to some hot water for a soothing drink. Or, if you prefer, add it to a recipe such as a stir fry. We all know that our taste is affected by a cold so not only will this add some much-needed flavour, it will also help your blocked nose!

Soup

Steam is known to be an effective remedy for a blocked nose because it softens and breaks down mucus so that it can flow more easily from the nose. Therefore, the heat from a bowl of hot soup should help to ease congestion. Plus, a homemade soup is packed full of nutrients to help you get over a cold quickly so it’s a win-win situation!

Our website contains a whole variety of healthy soup recipes so you should be able to find something there that takes your fancy! One of my favourites is the Spicy Butternut Squash Soup because it is thick and creamy and so is incredibly comforting when you’re under the weather. Also, this recipe contains fresh chillies which, as we’ve discussed, also helps ease congestion.

Other Treatments

If you’re feeling congested, as well as looking closely at your food and drink intake, you will probably want to try an effective treatment as well.

When your nose is blocked and you’re finding it hard to breathe, Sinuforce Nasal Spray is a great option! It contains two important ingredients to help your symptoms. Firstly, the inclusion of menthol eucalyptus helps to break down mucus and relieve your nasal problems. Secondly, it contains chamomile which, as well as being incredibly soothing, helps improve the flow of air through the nose.

Other nasal sprays tend to work by constricting the blood vessels within the nose and so they cannot be used by people with high blood pressure or heart problems. Plus, this also means they can be damaging to the nose if used long term. Contrastingly, Sinuforce has none of these restrictions or problems and can instead be used for up to thirty days – it can even be used by those with high blood pressure or heart problems.

However, it’s not just these things that make Sinuforce stand out! This product is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, as well as pregnant women, and those breastfeeding too. So, with this product being accessible and highly effective, it’s a great choice to help treat a blocked nose.

Common symptoms of a sinus infection

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The characteristic symptoms of a sinus infection include:

1. Sinus pain and pressure

Fluid trapped in the sinuses can fill the sinus cavities, causing intense pain and pressure. The sinuses may be sensitive to the touch. A person may have an urge to sneeze but be unable to do so.

The pain can be in the cheeks, around the eyes and nose, or in the forehead because these areas are where the sinuses are. Bending over may make the pain worse.

Sometimes, the pressure and pain are intense enough to interfere with sleep.

Sinusitis may also cause the tissue in the nose to swell.

2. A headache

The pressure and pain of sinusitis can cause headaches in the front of the head. Some people find that the pain radiates elsewhere, causing more widespread problems or even neck pain.

3. Postnasal drip

Postnasal drip is mucus that drips from the nose down to the back of the throat. It can cause feelings of hoarseness and congestion, or a sense of pressure in the throat or mouth.

4. Congestion

A person with a sinus infection might have a viral infection or, less commonly, a bacterial or fungal infection in their sinuses. This usually happens where there is fluid trapped in the sinuses in which viruses, bacteria, or fungus can grow. Because of the fluid buildup and inflammation, a person is likely to feel congested.

5. Coughing

A sinus infection can cause mucus and fluid to back up in the throat, which may make the throat itch or feel full. Some people repeatedly cough to try to clear the throat, but others experience uncontrollable coughing.

6. Fever

A fever is a sign that the body is fighting off an infection. Some people develop a fever with a sinus infection. Other symptoms associated with fever include chills, exhaustion, and muscle aches.

7. Brightly colored mucus

Viruses, bacteria, or fungus in the mucus can change its color. People with sinus infections often notice that they cough up green or yellow phlegm, or that the mucus they blow out of their nose is a bright color.

Sinusitis causes a lot of mucus production, and a person may find they are unable to clear the sinuses no matter how often they blow their nose.

8. Fatigue

Fighting a sinus infection demands energy from the body, so it is common to feel fatigued. Some people feel exhausted because they cannot breathe easily or are in pain.

9. Bad breath

The mucus associated with a sinus infection may have a bad odor, which can cause smelly breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

10. Tooth pain

Intense sinus pressure can cause pain in the gums, which can lead to toothaches, gum pain, or general pain in the mouth.

11. Chronic sinus pain

Some sinus infections can become chronic. Anyone who experiences sinus pain and pressure that lasts several weeks and that is unrelated to an allergy or infection might have chronic sinusitis.

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