As a result some people with taste and smell problems may also have the following issues. One patient had such severe distortions of taste and smell that he could no longer eat solid food and had to be fed through a g tube.
Some patients will get better with time although this may take years.
How to get taste and smell back after head injury. Patients typically lose their sense of smell and taste for an obvious reason such as a head injury or nasal blockage. The nerves in the nose and mouth or to areas of the brain itself. If the areas of the brain that deal with taste and smell are injured other nearby parts of the brain may also be injured.
After losing her sense of smell as the result of a head injury molly set off on a journey to try to regain it and learn more about her condition and the the sense of smell itself. Loss or changes to smell and taste are particularly common after severe brain injury or stroke and if the effects are due to damage to the brain itself recovery is rare. Smell and or taste problems can be caused by trauma to the head.
Injury to the head can cause you to lose your sense of smell and taste. But the smell and taste loss associated with covid 19 appears to be unique to the novel coronavirus according to nicholas rowan m d an assistant professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery at the johns hopkins university school of medicine. Within 24 hours of their injury just over half of the patients with mild concussions had a reduced sense of smell compared with 5 of the patients with broken bones the canadian researchers found.
Molly birnbaum granta books 2011 isbn. How long it lasts depends on the location and extent of injury and how it s treated. Treating disorders of taste and smell after head injury.
There is no known treatment for such problems caused by head trauma. And since the ability to taste actually has much to do with olfactory and oral senses there could be a combination of things going on when one isn t able to taste after an accident. How i lost my sense of smell and found my way.
The two are intimately intertwined. The effects are also often reported after minor head injuries and recovery in these cases is more common. The parts of the brain involved in smell and taste are close to parts of the brain that deal with other functions.
Spontaneous recovery has been reported for smell function with the majority of patients showing improvement within 3 months of injury. Losing your taste and smell after a head injury or concussion can be a serious problem. Unfortunately many people report loss of smell or taste after a head injury.