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How does anosmia affect the body?

Anosmia is a disorder of the sensory system that causes a person to lose his or her sense of smell. Anosmia can affect the body in several ways. The nerves that lead from the nose to the brain can be damaged by trauma, such as a head injury, or environmental conditions like chemicals, smoking, the common cold, or allergies. Loss of smell can be caused sometimes by a blockage, like polyps, in the nose. In order to properly taste foods, the full ability to smell is needed. As a result, lack of interest in eating, which can lead to malnutrition, weight loss, or depression, can stem from anosmia.

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