New ways to help regain smell, taste after getting COVID-19

New ways to help regain smell, taste after getting COVID-19

Physical therapy for your nose may be able to assist you in regaining your senses.

HOUSTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the National Institutes of Health is concentrating on the virus’s long-term impacts. Sleep disturbances, mental fog, fevers, and sadness are all possible symptoms. Congress approved $1.15 billion in December for a four-year study of COVID-19’s health effects. Doctors want to determine if catching the virus raises the likelihood of developing persistent heart or brain problems.

The loss of taste and smell is one of the persistent symptoms that specialists are investigating. Baylor College of Medicine doctors are compiling data from patients they see in Houston.

Even after they recover, one-third of patients, according to Dr. Sunthosh Sivam, describe being unable to taste or smell. According to several studies, younger patients and women are more likely to be affected.

Sivam is an otolaryngologist who has dealt with COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of taste and smell over the past year.

“I wish I could claim that once the malware is removed from your machine, all of your problems will be resolved,” Sivam added. “Symptoms of diminished smell and taste normally subside in about seven days for about a third of people who receive the virus and have symptoms of decreased smell and taste. Nevertheless, as we learn more roughly COVID-19 and follow these patients for longer lengths of time, we’ve discovered that about a third of them haven’t reacted, and those people tend to go without smell or taste for longer periods of time

Steve Muenich says he’s still not fully recovered eight months after defeating COVID-19.

“I mean, I can taste them now and smell things, but they don’t smell like they used to,” he explained.

Muenich is utilizing essential oils to essentially retrain his brain by focusing on one single smell each day for months from his home in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We’re really retraining the brain. So, to put it another way, it’s like physical therapy for your nose,” Sivam explained.

It’s fine for people to smell specific aromas at home. Muenich, on the other hand, said he’s keeping in touch with his doctor since it’s important to retrain your senses under medical supervision. Physicians can rule out allergies or sinus problems as the source of a loss of taste or smell.