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Smell and Taste Loss

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Just remember:

- There are many causes of taste and smell problems; while these problems may increase in frequency as we age, they are not an inevitable part of aging

- Common causes of loss of smell include head injury, nose or sinus problems, and upper respiratory infections (including the common cold)

- Common causes of loss of taste include mouth infections or inflammation and cigarette smoking

- Consider medications as a potential cause of your symptoms; check with your doctor or pharmacist about this possibility

- Many of the common causes of loss of smell or taste are reversible or treatable, but the treatment depends on the cause; so, be sure to get your symptoms checked out by your doctor.

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