What are the different types of smell disorders?
Different types of smell disorders are:
- Hyposmia: It is a reduced ability to sense odors.
- Anosmia: It is the complete inability to detect odors.
- Parosmia: It is a change in the normal perception of odors (when something that normally smells pleasant now smells foul).
- Phantosmia: It is the sensation of an odor that is not present.
Diagnosis by a doctor is important to identify and treat the underlying cause of a potential smell disorder. If the problem is caused by medications, the doctor may change the medication. If there is an obstruction in the nose, which may be restricting the airflow, a patient might need surgery to remove them and restore the sense of smell. Usually, people recover their ability to smell when they recover from an illness, which was causing their inability to smell. Some people recover their sense of smell spontaneously for no obvious reason. If a smell disorder cannot be successfully treated, the patient might want to seek counseling to help them adjust.