Should I talk to my doctor about my hyposmia symptoms?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hyposmia may be mild and is sometimes temporary, such as the hyposmia that occurs as a result of nasal congestion. However, your sense of smell is an important tool that you need to recognize many forms of danger, such as the smoke of a house fire or the odor of a gas leak. Without the ability to smell these things, you could come to harm.

Hyposmia can also be a side effect of a more serious condition, such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, or Alzheimer's. Hyposmia can affect your quality of life, because it diminishes your ability to enjoy pleasant aromas. It can dampen your sense of taste, making food less appealing. Hyposmia can, in some cases, lead to depression. If your hyposmia is severe, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

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