Lost Smell and Taste after COVID

Posted by seanc6437 @seanc6437, Sep 12, 2021

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?

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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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It's officially been 11 months since I lost my smell and taste. Scent training hasn't helped. What other research is being done? You're right, it's very frustrating and, as the video describes, potentially dangerous.

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@gmsouth

It's officially been 11 months since I lost my smell and taste. Scent training hasn't helped. What other research is being done? You're right, it's very frustrating and, as the video describes, potentially dangerous.

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@gmsouth,
I search for anosmia on the clinical trials database and found that there are 45 studies currently being conducted around the world related to COVID-19 and loss of taste and smell.

This research was published recently
– Clinical Outcomes for Patients With Anosmia 1 Year After COVID-19 Diagnosis https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2781319
– COVID’s toll on smell and taste: what scientists do and don’t know https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00055-6

For others, can you describe what scent training entails? Are you still doing it?

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I am so happy to find this site. I had Covid back in Dec 2020. It is now March 2022 & I still can't smell or taste. If something does have a smell or taste it is like diesel fuel mixed with chemical & some kind of death. The only things that I can TASTE is certain plums so besides that all I eat are potatoes, white fish, broccoli, raw spinach & oatmeal. The only seasoning I can use is salt. I cannot tolerate any flavor @ all. And I can only drink water & plain tea. Since all of this, I wound up in the ER with possibly digesting CLR cleaner on accident. Well, we thought it was from me accidentally doing that because it was the only thing we could think of. But now that I see all these GI issues, I am wondering if this ALL has to do with Covid I have had 2 trips to the ER for diarrhea & vomiting for 12 hours straight. (I have not been to a hospital since I was born in 73) They did CT scans & both times they saw different things. I went for upper GI & am told I have upper GI problems with I have never had. I went for colonoscopy & had a seizure during anesthesia & wound up @ ER AGAIN so didn't get answer from that. Now I am told that there might be something wrong with my Liver & have to go for an MRI on that & go see some Transplant Dr. What is happening??? I have also been told that I have chronic sinus infection which is why I have daily headaches. I do have smell therapy training that I have been doing for about 9 months & I also go to acupuncture. ANY help with ANY issue would be appreciated. Now I go to all kinds of dr’s & no one seems to know. And even worse, some don't even believe me. It sucks because it seems like my entire body is falling apart on me @ all once.

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@wedgeheadted

I am so happy to find this site. I had Covid back in Dec 2020. It is now March 2022 & I still can't smell or taste. If something does have a smell or taste it is like diesel fuel mixed with chemical & some kind of death. The only things that I can TASTE is certain plums so besides that all I eat are potatoes, white fish, broccoli, raw spinach & oatmeal. The only seasoning I can use is salt. I cannot tolerate any flavor @ all. And I can only drink water & plain tea. Since all of this, I wound up in the ER with possibly digesting CLR cleaner on accident. Well, we thought it was from me accidentally doing that because it was the only thing we could think of. But now that I see all these GI issues, I am wondering if this ALL has to do with Covid I have had 2 trips to the ER for diarrhea & vomiting for 12 hours straight. (I have not been to a hospital since I was born in 73) They did CT scans & both times they saw different things. I went for upper GI & am told I have upper GI problems with I have never had. I went for colonoscopy & had a seizure during anesthesia & wound up @ ER AGAIN so didn't get answer from that. Now I am told that there might be something wrong with my Liver & have to go for an MRI on that & go see some Transplant Dr. What is happening??? I have also been told that I have chronic sinus infection which is why I have daily headaches. I do have smell therapy training that I have been doing for about 9 months & I also go to acupuncture. ANY help with ANY issue would be appreciated. Now I go to all kinds of dr’s & no one seems to know. And even worse, some don't even believe me. It sucks because it seems like my entire body is falling apart on me @ all once.

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It seems to me, loss of taste and smell can only truly be appreciated by someone who has experienced it. I had Covid in 2020 too. It took about a year before making coffee made sense again. Until that point, it was like drinking hot water with brown food coloring. Based on my experience, my advice to you is to acknowledge that doctors are human beings. They are trying to figure things out about a virus they had never seen before. It is a guessing game for them. Ordinarily, a doctor is presented with a description of symptoms, which he/she uses to “guess” at an initial diagnosis. Unless it’s quite obvious (like a broken bone, concussion, or late stage pregnancy) tests are then done to confirm the initial guess. Problems arise from multiple sources. 1. Patients expect doctors to be omniscient and never make mistakes. 2. Tests can easily result in false positives or false negatives 3. Insurance coverage is dependent on a diagnosis 4. New variants of viruses occur frequently and without warning. 5. All drugs have side effects making a cost/benefit analysis part of every prescription 6. Patients take insufficient care of their own health, despite knowing they should practice good nutrition , exercise, sleep 7-8 hours, avoid illegal drugs, avoid excessive drinking, and avoid smoking. I completely understand your frustration. I feel it too. Take it one day at a time and be sure to find a reason to smile everyday. Don’t let what ails you control you

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