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I'm experiencing sinus issues after brain trauma. What can I

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I'm experiencing sinus issues after brain trauma. What can I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

Hi

What are your symptoms?

Since how many days are you having these symptoms?

Any history of bleeding from nose or ear or mouth?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My injury was three months ago. I fell and hit the back of my head. I was unconcious for approximately 30 seconds. My sinuses have been bothering me since that time. I have no sense of smell, and my sense of taste is reduced. I often (maybe always) have a strange smell in my sinuses and taste in my mouth. I'm not sure how to describe it, kind of chemically and also sweet. Often, usually in the evening, I experience moderate pain in my nose, kind of like I got punched. My nose also feels unusual all the time, kind of like how it feels to breathe really cold air. I haven't experienced any unusual bleeding. I saw my primary physician a couple months ago. He didn't see anything wrong. I had a CT scan and was told everything looked fine.
Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

Anosmia is the medical term for loss of the sense of smell.

Head trauma is the most common cause of smell impairment.

Unfortunately, there is no good treatment cure for post-traumatic anosmia. In most cases, recovery of smell function occurs relatively soon after the head trauma and seems to rarely occur more than two years after the incident.

Also you should undergo a X-Ray of Para Nasal sinuses(Water's View) to rule out sinusitis.In patients with sinusitis their is post nasal drip and can cause bad taste in mouth.

I hope this helps

Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you have any recommendations to relieve my symptoms or increase the chances of my sense of smell being restored? At this point I'll do just about anything to restore my senses and relieve the constant pain. Actually, the strange lingering odor/taste I'm experiencing may be the worst symptom. It actually makes me nauseous on a daily basis. Anything advice would help - diet, lifestyle, vitamins, acupuncture, etc.. I'm open to anything!
Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.

Well you should try saline gargles and menthol steam inhalation.

Maintain a good oral hygiene.

Take OTC Prilosec.

Rinse 3-4 times a day with mild to moderate salt water.

Start a multivitamin supplement containing B 12,zinc and Vitamin C.

Try sugar-free lemon drops, gum, or mints.
Try fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned.
Season foods with tart flavors like lemon wedges, lemonade, citrus fruits.

Blend fresh fruits into shakes, ice cream, or yogurt.

Deep breathing exercises can be helpful.

Warm liquids can be taken.

You should consult an ENT surgeon, you will need a CT scan of your Paranasal sinuses. Your doctor may also do smell and taste tests or refer you to a neurologist for the same if symptoms'll persist.

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Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I drink alcohol regularly. Will that have an effect either way?
Expert:  DoctorAnil replied 1 year ago.

Chronic alcohol intake can alter smell and taste.

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