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What increases my risk for anosmia?

Your risks for anosmia can be increased by a variety of factors. Seasonal allergies, smoking, sinus infections, and the common cold can damage the lining of your nose and increase your risks for anosmia. In addition, some chemicals and pesticides can damage the nerves that transmit your sense of smell, causing anosmia. To help prevent anosmia, you should quit smoking, wash your hands frequently to avoid getting sick, and avoid excessive exposure to chemicals.

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