When I catch a cold, I know it's going to happen: I can't taste anything.
Oh, I'll be able to tell if it's salty, sweet or bitter. But that's a far as it goes. I'll lose the flavor of food. I might as well take a piece of carboard, fry it and put some salt on it...
Can't taste anything!
Nose clogged up, like New York during rush hour
If your nose is all clogged up like a busy street in New York, the aroma's of your food can't get to the receptors in your nose. They're blocked, and can't get through.
This sounds like a good explanation. But, then you might think: 'I'll use some nose spray and blast those passages wide open!' At least that's what I thought. But that didn't help at all. It was great to be able to breathe through my nose again, but I still couldn't taste anything.
In fact nose sprays can cause damage to the insides of your nose. Which is why you shouldn't use them for longer than 5 days.
In my experience nose sprays don't help at all to get your sense of taste back. But it does help you breathe through your nose again. Which can be bliss!
Amnosia: loss of smell
If you can't taste anything, this is called amnosia. A quarter of cases of amnosia is caused by the common cold! Usually you get your taste back after your cold is gone. But once, I went for 3 weeks not tasting anything!
Can't smell anything: how to fix it?
Why smell is so important
- You may lose your pleasure in food. Some people simply can't be bothered to eat.
- Feeling unsure of yourself. You've lost one of your senses after all.
- Loss of feelings en memories. Smells evoke feelings and memories. Take for example the smell of coffee. For many people the smell of coffee feels like relaxing. Or the smell of freshly mown grass! Smells like Summer, doesn't it?!
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