Smell and taste represent two of our most basic bodily senses. We utilize them on a daily basis as they act not only to enhance, stimulate, and bring pleasure to our daily living, but also act to protect us from harm. Loss of these senses can impair your ability to detect smoke, dangerous gases, and to avoid ingestion of rotten or spoiled food.
How To Evaluate Smelling Disorders
Loss of small can be measured by a number of standardized test that can be quickly administered in clinic. Unfortunately, these test are often only able to determine the degree of loss and may not offer much information regarding prognosis.Alterations in our ability to smell can have a drastic impact on our ability to taste food and indulge in one our most basic and instinctive pleasures.
It is important to remember that smell plays a large roll in taste. The inability to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a tasty afternoon desert may in fact be caused by a problem with your ability to smell rather than an actual primary taste disorder. Proper and prompt diagnosis by a trained professional is key as some causes may be reversible.