I was ill with a virus until a few days ago and although I was really bunged up while I had it, I’ve been clear and well for about three days now. However I’ve completely lost my sense of smell and taste. I’ve burnt the dinner two nights in a row as I couldn’t smell it and I’m panicking a bit now as this hasn’t happened before when I’ve not been congested. Has this happened to anyone else and did it come back? How long did it take? I’m cooking a birthday dinner on Saturday for my best friend including a chocolate birthday cake and I need to be able to taste as I cook! Plus I’ve been dieting for weeks and was looking forward to a bit of cake!
I was really ill with a bad sinus infection, cough, cold etc..at the end of February this year. I lost my smell & taste halfway through March, was at a posh do for my brother's 30th & people kept asking me how my food was, and I was just like I'm eating but there's nothing there!
It was the start of April before they both came back, I was very worried that they wouldn't return! Fingers crossed for you!
I lost my sense of taste and smell about 4 yrs ago It has returned intermittently. Love it when it does , steak is my top choice then Some purfumes I can smell others not at all I can't smell food cooking , no lovely smells of bacon , or cake . Have to watch what I'm cooking as u can't tell by smell when it is done I feel I have got used to it but I have got heavier , maybe cos I eat more , searching for the ' taste '
I am Not sure why, did have a cold but nothing excessive I can't honestly remember I have googled it and smell taste does not often come back so am grateful for the times I do have it Sometimes I get a waft of something and think ooh lovely and that makes me realise how much I don't get
Seriously consider going to the doctor. They can give you steroids if you get there quick enough. If not there is nothing they can do apparently. However this is just the word of one gp my mum had when she lost her taste and smell. It is still not back 6 months later as she apparently did not go to see him soon enough. Again it may be a random view of one gp.
I had a bad sinus infection a couple of years ago and lost smell and taste for weeks. Now whenever i have a bad cold it goes to some extent, for weeks. I find i lose weight though as I steer clear from snacking when I can't taste anything. It makes me realise how much I eat just feeling munchy in the evenings However it always wears off and I always resume my snacking!
I second going to the GP as there are things you can try. My DH lost his years ago and sadly, despite trying lots of treatments and investigations, it's never returned. The sooner you seek treatment the better!