ParosmiaDate: 24 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
Loss of smell and taste is a common symptom of Covid-19 but a large section of people have been experiencing parosmia.
Parosmia is one of a condition in which an individual is unable to experience perception of odours.
Parosmia is a medical term used to explain a condition in which an affected individual experience “distortions of the sense of smell”.
An individual suffering from parosmia will be able to detect certain odours but they may experience the smell of certain things different and unpleasant.
Study says that smells described by patients of parosmia are similar to chemicals, burning, faeces, rotting flesh and mould.
Cause of parosmia
The condition is faced by those people who are recovering their sense of smell after a virus infection or an injury.
Parosmia is not a permanent condition and it may continue for several weeks. The affected individual will have to change their eating patterns, diets and avoid foods that trigger the certain odours.
Foods like roasted, grilled foods, onions, chocolate, coffee, garlic and eggs trigger parosmia attacks and one may have to be careful.
Study of Covid-19 patients says that parosmia is a positive condition and shows the recovery of the olfactory sensory neurons.
Similar unusual symptoms of Covid-19 include diseases such as Covid toe, Covid tongue, which appears on various parts of body.