My granddaughter was born with a part of her corpus collosum missing. she is now 25 years old and has never bee able to smell. her condition is acc (agenesis of the corpus collosum) Anyone out there familiar with this condition?
Slc, Utah, USA
Goldsboro, North Carolina
I lost my sense of smell 6 years ago due to a Brain Hemorrhage. I was told that it was unlikely to ever return. After nearly giving up on the idea to ever smell or taste again I decided to look on the net. I found one person in a blog that was talking about Alpha Lipoic Acid and that they had results. So I thought well I have nothing to loose. After the first two weeks of taking two tablets a day I was walking through the shopping center and could smell cookies baking. I literally stopped and closed my eyes I must of looked crazy. This was 3 years after my accident. It was like smelling for the first time. So I continued these tablets and honestly I cannot believe the results. Though my brain has had its moments sometimes I had delayed responses. Sometimes I would be near something in the morning and later that day I would get the smell only to have it last in my nose all day. This drove me to insanity and to tears. Every thing I ate also tasted like this smell. This is a slight negative but I tell you I now 6 years later have 90% of my smell back. I have to share this as this honestly was the most remarkable thing.
Santa Fe, Nm
20 mule team borax has had a profound effect, ie. restoring my olfactory senses back to almost 100% efficiency, both taste and smell, which I had lost almost completely for almost 6 years, beginning two weeks after my first (and last! ) root canal. I have suffered with chronic sinusitis/rhinitis symptoms ever since the root canal was performed. I am a senior chinese medical practitioner, and have been using acupuncture and herbs to very good effect, but still could not smell or taste much of anything. Tipped of by the mayo clinic website... that fully 80% of chronic sinus issues were demonstrated (by biopsy) to be fungus-related, I began reviewing natural anti-fungals, and since fungus lodged in the sinus cavity has no vascularity, and thus is immune from anything taken orally which makes it's way into the bloodstream, is why the heinous pharmaceutical anti-fungals such as dieflukan, etc are not effective. Hence, a topical approach makes much more sense. Borax is a quintessential anti-fungal par excellence!
This should come as no surprise, yet nobody I am aware of has simply put borax in their neti pot. I'm filling the neti pot with water, 1 full teaspoon borax + 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and using it in each nostril, twice daily, to very very good effect. Borax is so cheap and so effective....the best single cure for sinus issues I am aware of, and can be done everyday!
Fort Wayne, IN
Las Vegas, Nevada
Castor Oil treatment for loss of smell:
I used the castor oil once in the morning and once at night. I warmed it and put it in each nostril with an eye dropper. I did this for three weeks and my sense of smell and taste is returning; however, how long do I need to do this for and if I stop will I lose smell again?
Faithville , Usa
Is castor oil safe to put in nostrils? Because of ricin (very strong poison)
I lost my sense of taste and smell after taking about 6 zinc lozenges over a 2 day period - only noticed it after the cold ended and I still had no taste or smell. I regained it by using castor oil one drop in each nostril morning and evening in addition to smelling raw garlic and onion several times per day. Most importantly though I prayed that God would restore me back to normal and after reading in my daily devotional "taste and see that the Lord is good" I knew that He would and He did!! Didn't prevent me to completely freak out while it was happening though...:-)
My wife lost her sense of smell seven month ago. I want to contact Tenderson from St. Louis, Missouri, about the suggestion of using castor oil. I want to be sure that it works and its secondary effects. Please contact me as soon as you can. My wife is getting crazy with this situation and I really appreciate any help.
Montgomery, Tx, Usa
North Hollywood, Ca
Los Angeles, Ca
Miami, Fl Usa
Flat Rock, Nc
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
London , Uk
i had severe problem of sinus coupled with loss of smell. Doctors suggested this is dsue to polyps and i had them removed about 5 years.
this surgery has given temporary relief but the loss of slell continued.
some of my friend suggested use of castor oil.
i put one drop of luke warm castor oil in morning and one drop before i sleep.
this i am doing for last 10 days and to my surprise i got rid of my sinus problem and smelling sense is gradually coming back
EC: Thank you for this feedback! We take it you mean 1 drop of warmed castor oil in each nostril?
St. Louis, Missouri, Usa
Stony Brook, Ny
Batavia, Ny, United States
Fort Madison, Ia
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Oakland, Ca, Usa
Calabasas, Ca/ United States
You gave suggestions to treat loss of smell as garlic, B12 and castor oil. But it never said how to use these. Fresh garlic? Pills? how much? and Castor Oil? how do I use this? Please help. This article was not really that helpful. I don't know whether to eat the castor oil, pack it in my nasal passages, or lay it on a pack across my nose. Please advise.
EC: Hi Vishy, thanks for your suggestions! We've revised the article and hope it is more helpful.
i was shot on the left side of my upper nose bridge by a bb gun, we never found the kid that did it, the doctor said i almost lost my left eye , i was 10 years old but before that i had perfect smelling ability... I am now 66 years old and thanks to god i am in good shape still, is there a chance i can regain my smell, i can smell fresh ground coffee and fresh chocolate, i can smell fresh lettace... i can not smell perfumes and saops and most delicious foods, i can not smell wine, of the items i listed that i can smell, its only for a moment then i can not smell them again. can any one help me. prentiss belton
Fort Madison, IA
Hello, I am not sure what made me start looking again for any updates on ideas to get my senses of taste and smell back. Four years ago, a restaurant customer suggested I take zicam zinc swabs for my cold. I figured, sure, it's natural, right? It was a month after using these swabs that I found I couldn't taste or smell anything.
I am a chef. My life was over.
I hired cooks and continued in my restaurant as if nothing happened, but in fact, my world as I knew it ended.
With no insurance, I started looking and found the Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington DC. I visited and was put on theophylline...and encouraged to go back every few months. With no job, and no insurance, this was impossible. And it has continued in this fashion for all of these years.
Upon discovery that I have Hashimoto's Disease for the past 10 years or so -- it took many endocrinologists to figure this out -- I wondered now that I am on meds that are supposed to help me with my horrible thyroid situation that maybe it has helped me to get some of my smell/taste back. Not much, but I have noticed a bit of a difference.
Have you heard of Hashimoto patients and anosmia? I am going to try the castor oil -- and let you know how it goes.
Sir, I cannot smell since last four months. I went to the doctor and he did my allergy test . When the results came he told me that I am allergic to dustmites. I am trying my best to keep my house dust free but still no smell.
Hi, a friend of mine lost all sense of taste and smell after she had a virus a while ago. The doctor tell here that they will never come back and she is really sad. Does anyone know of a solution for this problem? She came to us for dinner and it was really terrible to see her only enjoying the colors and textures without knowing what anything tasted like. I promise her to try to help her find a solution. Help!
Hot Spot, Texas
My young adult daughter had a bad head injury with brain bleed 2 yrs ago.. It has resulted in loss of taste and smell however she does get odd metalic or chemical tastes and smells.. Is there a treatment that anyone knows that will help her regain these senses?
If you or someone you know has lost the sense of smell, totally or in part, whether from an antibiotic or infection, it is important to protect the nose, the olfactory organs. I mean protect it from strong smells from which you would have backed away previously. Dogs and cats lick their nose in order to pick up scents.
I think my loss of smell had to do with an zithromax aka azithromycin/antibiotic, and then I did not know to protect myself and may have injured myself further by not protecting my nose; I was trying so hard to smell stuff such as tea tree oil or lavender oil; those may have been too strong. Would garlic be too strong? I tried that too. Maybe it was always going to be gone, but now I may never know.
Nobody tells you the mechanism by which an antibiotic causes loss of smell; I doubt they know or care unless they can make a lot of money off of knowing; if they would lose money by knowing, they're certainly not going to be honorable. Evolution means survival of the fittest! I might just kill myself to save the predators the trouble, LOL.
Anyway, you know there are little glands in the olfactory organs that produce moisture or mucus to facilitate smelling. I don't know why doctors do not know about this. For myself, I think that is the source of my trouble. Drying out one's sinuses in this situation is only going to make matters worse.