Smell And Taste

There are relatively few disorders which affect the nose. Some conditions can, however, cause a loss of the sense of smell. These include the common cold and other inflammations of the nasal membranes and sinuses. Steam inhalations or decongestant may ease the discomfort of a stuffy nose, and restore the sense of smell.

Disorder affecting the sense of taste include inflammation of the tongue, or glossitis, and mouth ulcers. The symptoms of glossitis are red, sore tongue, on which black or white patches may appear. If the condition continue for any length of time, a doctor should be consulted. Mouth and tongue ulcers, although irritating, are usually harmless, but it is wise to consult a doctor if mouth ulcers persist.

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