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What is Anosmia?
If you're reading this, chances are you are anosmic yourself or know someone that is! Anosmia is defined as the loss of the sense of smell, either total or partial.
There are two types of Anosmia -- Congenital Anosmia and Acquired Anosmia
Congenitalanosmia is a condition in which people are born with a lifelong inability to smell. It may occur as an isolated abnormality (no additional symptoms) or be associated with a specific genetic disorder (such as Kallmann syndrome or congenital insensitivity to pain). The National Institute of Health estimates that only one in 10,000 people are born with the condition. It’s far more likely that a loss of smell is an acquired issue.
- Acquired Anosmia is a temporary or short term loss of smell. The leading cause of Acquired Anosmia is head trauma, causing damage to your olfactory nerves. Other causes for Acquired Anosmia include viruses such as COVID-19 or even the common cold. This is typically brought on by congestion or inflammation in the nose.
According to US News and World Report, 86% of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 — over six million people, all told — reported problems with their sense of smell, while a similar percentage had changes in taste perception. (Taste and smell work together to create the perception of flavor.) Whether you were impacted by COVID-19, head trauma, or were even born with it — we are here to help you.
How This Affects Your Quality Of Life
Smell is important! Maybe you went to sleep one night just fine and the next morning you couldn't even smell your morning coffee. Talk about a surprise! Our senses are the bridges that connect us to the world we live in. They add richness to our every day life!
The loss of smell can also impact our quality of life. Without being able to smell, you may find yourself without an appetite leading to unnecessary weight loss. It can even pose an existential threat, by putting us at risk in detecting fires, gas leaks, or spoiled food.
The Good News
There is hope! Your olfactory neurons are capable of regeneration, which is good news. Scent Training is not a cure, but has been proven to be helpful fo train you back to you scent-ses. Our scents, through our Scent Training Kit, stimulate and amplify the nerves in your nose that are responsible for smell. 90% of patients that have lost their smell due to COVID-19, have been able to get it back post smell training.
We support this community! We encourage you to check out this amazing Smell Training Kit by AbScent here. Not ready to take the plunge and purchase a kit? You can do smell training at home with items you already have! Read the amazing article by Fifth Sense here.
Check out more on our Community page to find Anosmia experts in your area, support groups, and more!