Sensory Dysfunctions in Our Tongue and Nose


Our five senses allow us to enjoy the many pleasures of life. The sense of taste, in particular, gives us the ability to relish and appreciate great food and drink. On the other hand, the sense of smell affords us the elation that sweet aromas and fragrances like roasted coffee and perfume offer.

In the same way, the senses of taste and smell help us determine if food has gone bad. The sense of smell, in particular, also warns us that there is a gas leak or poisonous chemicals in the air. On the other hand, by tasting food, it makes us want to eat; thus, making certain we have the nutrition we need.

Unfortunately for some people, their senses of smell and taste are impaired. If not completely lost, these senses have significantly altered their perceptions. For instance, what was once an enjoyable scent or taste has now turned bad or repulsive to them. This occurrence may happen as a result of colds or head injury. Taste or smell alteration may also be caused by certain medications.

Losing your senses of taste or smell, whether permanently or temporarily, may have adverse effects on you. For one, your appetite will decrease. Food may turn bland, or you might try to make up for the taste by putting in more salt or sugar, which can be bad for your overall health especially if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.

An impaired sense of smell may also be triggered by sinus problems, among many others. Nasal infections like flus and colds as well as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease might also affect your ability to smell. On the other hand, excessive cigarette smoking, vitamin deficiency and certain drugs can cause problems with the sense of taste.


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