Lost Smell and Taste after COVID

Posted by seanc6437 @seanc6437, Sep 12 5:43pm

So I had Covid in the beginning of March. Had all the symptoms and lost my taste and smell. I had 0 sense of smell or taste for a couple weeks. Ever since then everything I eat and smell does not smell or taste how I remember. Often times the food will taste rotten or sour. Has this happened to anyone else cause this has been going on for 6 months now and I would like to know if this is a permanent effect or not?

Hello @seanc6437 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can imagine you have a lot of questions and, likely, some frustration around this. Unfortunately, no one knows at this point if this a permanent effect or not. Here is an article that may be helpful.

– COVID’s toll on smell and taste: what scientists do and don’t know:
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00055-6
Here is another resource that may be of interest.
– How 'smell training' is helping COVID-19 patients recover their olfactory sense:

Members like @chinnk13 @kaswick2 and @user628267 have all shared that they, too, have experienced loss of taste and smell and may be able to share more with you.

Do you feel like one of the two senses are returning slightly more than the other?

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@amandajro

Hello @seanc6437 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can imagine you have a lot of questions and, likely, some frustration around this. Unfortunately, no one knows at this point if this a permanent effect or not. Here is an article that may be helpful.

– COVID’s toll on smell and taste: what scientists do and don’t know:
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00055-6
Here is another resource that may be of interest.
– How 'smell training' is helping COVID-19 patients recover their olfactory sense:

Members like @chinnk13 @kaswick2 and @user628267 have all shared that they, too, have experienced loss of taste and smell and may be able to share more with you.

Do you feel like one of the two senses are returning slightly more than the other?

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I wouldn’t say returning but my taste is better than my sense of smell.

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@seanc6437

I wouldn’t say returning but my taste is better than my sense of smell.

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Sean – I would say it is a good sign that you have some sense of taste, because the two are closely connected. Have you watched the video above and tried the "smell training" yet?
Sue

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I also lost my taste and smell to covid in March. Still haven't gotten it back, but, in the same way you can 'sense' sweet, salt, bitter and tart, I have developed a new one, that is like sour milk!!

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I still do not have my taste or smell back since having Covid-19 in Jan 2021. I've had numerous health problems. My hemoglobin is low and platelet count is low. Very tired and sometimes breathing is bad. Feel dizzy at times when standing up.

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Hola no sé si será permanente pero ya yo tengo un año y cuatro meses, con la pérdida del gusto, el olfato y sensibilidad auditiva. Solo siento lo dulce, lo salado y todo sabe igual lo que yo e hecho es imaginar los sabores como los recuerdo. Y los olores me molestan cuando son muy fuerte pero no distingo un olor específico siempre es el mismo olor para todo.

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@nlc

I still do not have my taste or smell back since having Covid-19 in Jan 2021. I've had numerous health problems. My hemoglobin is low and platelet count is low. Very tired and sometimes breathing is bad. Feel dizzy at times when standing up.

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Hello, I see that you have just joined Mayo Connect. Have you had the opportunity yet to look at any of the other posts or information here about Post-Covid? Like: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/post-covid-recovery/ – the newsfeed covering all the latest information and research regarding long-lasting Covid issues.

Since you know your hemoglobin is low, has you care provider suggested any treatment to help? The fatigue, breathing and dizziness can all be lingering Covid aftereffects, but can also be caused by anemia.

Maybe someone else with this symptom will let you know what has helped them.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Hello, I see that you have just joined Mayo Connect. Have you had the opportunity yet to look at any of the other posts or information here about Post-Covid? Like: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/post-covid-recovery/ – the newsfeed covering all the latest information and research regarding long-lasting Covid issues.

Since you know your hemoglobin is low, has you care provider suggested any treatment to help? The fatigue, breathing and dizziness can all be lingering Covid aftereffects, but can also be caused by anemia.

Maybe someone else with this symptom will let you know what has helped them.
Sue

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Hi Sue. Thanks for responding so soon.. Yes I have read emails and Mayo information. I hope to get some feed back and possibly some advice.
I've had a horrible 1-1/2 year of health problems. See seeing Doctors. Nancy

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