Tag: loss of smell

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Ever smelled smoke, burnt toast, or sewage when there was no such scent around? You could be one of millions who experience phantom smells, or phantosmia, as it’s known in the medical community (more on that in the sidebar “What is Phantosmia?”).

According to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head

Does a Poor Sense of Smell Indicate You’re Headed for AD?

Smell tests have been widely touted as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), under the theory that the nose knows more about the earliest signs of AD than any other bodily system. The level of difficulty people encounter in identifying certain scents—such as lilac, leather, lemons, strawberry, smoke, soap,

Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease Are Easily Missed

Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease Are Easily Missed

Some of the early signs of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are subtle, and they often come and go at first. Smell is one of the most universally common early signs of Parkinsons’s disease. You might notice that the cat’s litter box isn’t as overwhelming as it once was or the turkey

Q&A: Ligament Tears; Sense of Taste; Anxiety

Q. Years ago I had tears in my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and my medial collateral ligament (MCL). Do these knee injuries lead to early arthritis? At the time, I had some arthroscopic procedures to repair the injuries.
A. Any trauma to a joint (even surgery) can lead to a series of

Reduce the Risks Associated With Sensory Loss

It’s hardly headline news that vision and hearing losses are common among older adults. However, research has revealed some startling findings about the prevalence and degree of deficits in all five senses, and it highlights the importance of tackling theses deficits with treatments and strategies.

A study that measured deficits in

Sinusitis Symptoms and Sinusitis: How to Find Relief

Sinusitis Symptoms and Sinusitis: How to Find Relief

Sinusitis, also known as sinus infection, is an inflammation of the sinus tissue. When experiencing sinusitis symptoms, your sinuses become blocked with fluid, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can grow and lead to an infection.

There are several types of sinusitis. The main differences are the severity and length of flare-ups. The Centers for

Sensory Impairment Can Impact All Five Senses

Sensory function is a critical component of health and life. A first-ever study of global sensory impairment in older adults concludes that multisensory impairment is prevalent in older U.S. adults, and supports the concept of a common process that underlies sensory aging across all five senses. (Journal of the American

Are You Suffering from Sensory Loss?

You may be resigned to the fact you need reading glasses, and don’t hear as well as you used to—but for many older adults, sensory loss goes beyond these obvious examples. In fact, the first study to measure the full spectrum of age-related damage to all five senses suggests that

Losing Your Sense of Smell? It May Signal a Health Issue

The inability of older adults to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years, says a recent study in the journal PLOS ONE (Oct. 1, 2014). Almost 40 percent of those who failed a smelling test died during that period, compared with 10 percent of those with

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