April 21, 2006

  • A tiresome by-product of congestion is losing one’s sense of smell and, ergo, taste. 

    What I don’t understand is why, now I can breathe pretty well again, my sense of taste is still AWOL?  I know it’ll show its whiskers eventually – it always does – but it still seems if I can breathe through my nose I ought to be able to smell and taste, too. 

Comments (3)

  • Maybe the relevant nerves sustain some minor damage that takes time to heal?

    Or maybe there’s still a thin coating of, um, stuff that prevents the necessary molecules of the substance from getting into direct contact with the nerves.

  • Saline nasal spray won’t clear your nose like those others but will help and not hurt. Also gargle with 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water. Both help. Also generic benedryl helps and helps you sleep. Thus sayeth Mom.

  • I don’t think that taste completely disappears– most of the time in my case, it just gets dulled.  I can taste things, but the depth and satisfaction is gone. Some things, like salt, I can taste.  But coffee just isn’t the same. That does not keep me from drinking it though.

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