Chemosensory disorders can be congenital, but most cases can be linked to other things like illnesses, trauma, aging, allergies, hormonal imbalances, dental problems, certain medications, and some nervous system conditions. Smell and taste not only help us to enjoy food and our favorite scents, these senses can also help to alert us to danger like fire, smoke, and natural gas leaks.
- Anosmia is an inability to detect odors.
- Hyposmia is a reduced ability to smell and to detect odors.
- Hyperosmia is an increased ability to smell.
- Dysosmia is a distorted identification of smell. There are three types:
- Parosmia is an altered perception of smell in the presence of an odor.
- Phantosmia is the perception of smell without an odor present
- Agnosia is the inability to classify or contrast odors, although able to detect odors.
- Ageusia is the inability to taste.
- Hypogeusia is a reduced ability to taste.
- Dysgeusia is a distorted ability to taste.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms related to smell and taste disorders, contact us at (337) 237-0650 to schedule your appointment!
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