Coronavirus: loss of taste and/or smell, how to get them back?

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 14 November 2020 at 10h58 · Updated on 14 November 2020 at 10h58
You have – or had – coronavirus and lost smell and taste? You want to re-educate your senses? We explain you how to get them back.

The loss of smell and taste, a characteristic symptom of coronavirus… According to a European study from the Mons university, Belgium, released in April 2020, out of 417 patients included in the study, 85,6% explained they lost their sense of smell and 88% taste. A significative symptom that required reeducation to make sure you can enjoy smell and taste again.

But how to reeducate your nose and taste buds? Taste – as in how food tastes since this is what Covid-19 patients often lose – being related to smell, should be reeducated to smell things and there are not multiple solutions: olfactive training is key to recover your lost senses. To reeducate your nose, you simply have to follow reeducation tips issued by the Société française d’oto-rhino-laryngologie et de chirurgie de la face et du cou, naming stimulating your smell several times a day with different labelled bottles you can find in supermarkets: bottles of vanilla, dill, coffee or thyme can help train your nose.

You can also try with cinnamon, cloves and mint or even cilantro. If you cannot find these spices and other herbs, you can give it a go with essential oils (lavender, orange, tea tree, and so on). You can try with vinegar on the condition it is light to make sure you do not harm your nose. Before smelling the aforementioned products, you better read the label “to let time to your sensory system to match the two information”.

Yet, if these symptoms are acute, you better consul an ENT specialist specialized in rhinology before you start any reeducation.

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