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My 91 year old mother has lost her sense of smell and as…

My 91 year old...

My 91 year old mother has lost her sense of smell and as such her appetite. Are there any medications that could bring back her smell or appetite?

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

No allergies but she takes Apo-Losartan & HCTZ 12.5mg.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Toloxin Digoxin 0.125mg. Taro-Warfarin 2.5mg

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Just added 300mg of Iron pills daily to her routine.
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Hello -

Did she lose the sense of smell suddenly? Or has it been a slow progression over months and years?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Slow progression over 12 months

OK.

Does she have any sinus issues?

Seasonal allergies?

Is her taste impaired as well?

And has her doctor done anything to evaluate this?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No, No, yes and her doctor has attributed to Aging and states that there may be a spray that can be used.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Is a Zinc spray still allowed ? Can potential plops in her nose be a cause and how to check for that

OK.

The gradual onset of the loss of smell can be "age related".

It can be related to nasal and sinus issues -- and often times, doctors will try a nasal spray (steroids) to help with any inflammation which may be impairing her ability to smell (which then affects her taste).

Sometimes, they will order MRI imaging of the brain and sinuses to make sure there isn't an obvious cause for these issues (in 1% of people, they will find some specific issue, like a brain tumor or severe sinus problems as the cause).

Polpys can be the cause as well, as ther ecan be inflammation in the nasal cavity which impairs her smelling ability. ENT doctors are the specialists that evaluate smell disorders, and can simply look up the nostrils as an initial evaluation.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
OK, thanks. That has been helpful

There is no reason to use a zinc spray, as it won't prevent a cold, and could be related to a permanent loss in the ability to smell.

Best of luck.

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