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Is hyposmia a common version of a smell disorder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hyposmia, or a decrease in the ability to smell, is a fairly common smell disorder, especially in its milder forms. Anosmia, the total absence of a sense of smell, may be more common than hyposmia. Dysmosia, in which sense of smell becomes distorted, is also quite common and usually occurs as a result of sinus infection. Hyperosmia, or excessive sensitivity to smells, can be a symptom of personality or seizure disorders.

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