Parosmia: the sequel of COVID-19 that turns odors into unpleasant

For some people, the discomforts do not end within two weeks of being infected, or even after receiving a negative PCR test. Parosmia It is a new sequel to the Covid-19 that comes to light. It causes disgust when eating, cooking and even kissing your partner.

Statistics indicate that more than 60% of people sick with Covid-19 experience anosmia, that is, a total or partial loss of smell. This can be accompanied by the absence of taste. However, parasmia is not the same, since instead of losing their sense of smell, those who suffer from it suffer changes and distortions in the normal perception of odors.

And although it is a sense that is generally subsumed, parosmia can become a real nightmare. Because it makes smells that were once pleasant and attractive now only repulsive.

The case of Clare Freer

A 47-year-old woman recounted her experience with parosmia, which was published by BBC News. Here he demonstrates in words how he lost quality of life due to this olfactory disorder.

Freer explains that he fell ill with Covid-19 in March 2020. After recovering, he also regained his sense of smell. But a month later, she began to notice that some of her favorite foods were smelling stale. A sensation that continued to grow and within a few days, he discovered that the The smell of coffee, different fruits, toothpaste, or the oven caused severe nausea.

Even the smell of his loved ones changed radically and according to his testimony, now he you can't even kiss your partner without experiencing a disgusting smell.

What Causes Parosmia?

This condition is considered an olfactory disorder and due to the fact that it is an area in medicine that has not been studied very much, there is no developed treatment.

It is not yet entirely clear why parosmia occurs. However, the most widely accepted hypothesis is that once the virus is installs in the nasal cavity, it affects the tissues that host olfactory sensory neurons. Which are responsible for perceiving odors and connect with the terminals of the olfactory bulb in the brain.

As the virus damages the ability of these neurons to stimulate the various olfactory receptors, a disorder is generated. Originated that the messages sent to the brain to identify odors contain erroneous information. In most cases, what once evoked pleasant sensations now provokes disgust and disgust.

The recommendation of specialists such as neurologists and otolaryngologists is to stop consuming hot food for a while and avoid highly spicy foods. In the hope that the damaged cells will work properly again after fighting the virus.

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