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Taste and smell disorders

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Background

  • Taste and smell disorders are complete or partial loss of either or both senses. Some individuals may experience distorted taste or smell, such as smelling odors that are not present or perceiving unusual scents or tastes.
  • Taste and smell disorders can be caused by many different factors including heredity, infection, exposure to toxins, and certain medications. Depending on the factors involved, these disorders can be either temporary or permanent.
  • Smell and taste belong to the chemical sensing system, called chemosensation. Individuals are able to taste and smell because specific nerves in the nose, mouth, and throat are stimulated when they come into contact with a stimulus, such as odors or food. Once these cells are stimulated, they transmit messages to the brain, where specific tastes or smells are identified.
  • Olfactory cells are the nerve cells involved with smell. They are located inside a small patch of tissue high in the nose and they connect directly to the brain. Odors stimulate the olfactory nerve cells.
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Causes

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Symptoms

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Complications

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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