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I can't taste my food. What's my problem?

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I can't taste my food. What's my problem?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  HouseDoc replied 7 years ago.

The ability to taste food has a lot to do with one's ability to smell the food. If you are some with a history of sinusitis this can lead to an impaired and sometimes an absent olfactory sense. Furthermore, if you are a smoker this can further impair your olfactory sensation. When your ability to smell is affected, you will also lose your sense of taste. You may note that whenever you have a cold and you are not able to smell anything, you may also not like to eat anything or that even your favorite foods will not be as palatable.

The best way to treat your loss of taste will be to treat your sinus disease. In some cases this may require you to take antibiotics. Once the sinusitis is cleared your sense of taste and smell should return

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