The senses of smell and taste allow a full appreciation of the flavor and palatability of foods and also serve as a warning system against toxins, polluted air, smoke, and spoiled fo...
Symptoms of URI, environmental allergies
Oral pain, other dental problems
Appropriate treatment for underlying cause
Quit smoking (5)[B].
Treatment of underlying nasal congestion with nasal decongestants and/or nasal/oral steroids (6)[B]
Weight gain/loss is possible because the patient may reject food or may switch to calorie-rich foods that are still palatable.
Ensure a nutritionally balanced diet with appropriate lev...
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R43.9 Unspecified disturbances of smell and taste
R43.8 Other disturbances of smell and taste
Smell disorders are often mistaken as decreased taste by patients.
Most temporary smell loss is due to nasal passage obstruction.
Actual taste disorders are often related to dental probl...
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