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Those of you who lost your smell / taste....

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rachelvbwho Mon 28-Sep-20 21:38:57

When did it come back?

I have a +ve Covid test and have now lost my sense of smell and taste. The whole thing is very weird and disorientating so I was just wondering how long it would take to come back?

I know everyone is different... But if you have had Covid and lost yours how log did it take to return (or has it not?)

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nannytwins Mon 28-Sep-20 21:55:38

Mine took about 4 weeks to come back.
My husband is still waiting 6 months later!!!

ZombiePara Mon 28-Sep-20 22:07:09

It only went for a few days, but to be honest as much as I can now taste and smell... my sense of smell definitely isn't what it used to be..

bellalou1234 Mon 28-Sep-20 22:18:46

I'm waiting from april.. getting fed up. Sometimes all I can smell is aviation fuel and that knocks me sick. Wonder if my smell is coming back gradually as I can smell the odd whiff of chip fat.

Pinkflipflop85 Mon 28-Sep-20 22:23:41

Was only gone for a few days but it came back completely different. So many things smell different that I can no longer bear them and some of my favourite foods no longer taste the same.

cannaethink Mon 28-Sep-20 22:29:42

Mine was completely away for about a month or so. Even now, five months on, it’s not what it used to be. And quite a lot of food smells of beef at the moment (I’m a veggie). Luckily it tastes ok but it’s a bit off putting!

Gertie75 Mon 28-Sep-20 22:31:33

My Mum lost hers in March, her taste came back after about a month but her sense of smell was affected until recently.

ChristmasinJune Mon 28-Sep-20 22:31:39

Both were gone fully for a week, smell returned gradually over the second week. Taste was slower, things tasted odd and wrong for about 3-4 weeks.

I'm not certain that this was Covid though as it was the end of March and very mild so no test available.

isitorisntit Mon 28-Sep-20 23:39:27

6 months in and I have 10% normal back and lots of mouldy smells/tastes.

Chilver Mon 28-Sep-20 23:42:47

4 or 5 months. Its back now but duller than it was unfortunately.

indie92 Mon 28-Sep-20 23:44:05

Lost my smell and taste April 16 positive swab went for 5 days went suddenly . the odd occasion my taste isnt as strong but not to bad

Scbchl Tue 29-Sep-20 00:13:24

Around 3 weeks to be completely back to normal.

AutumnleavesturntoGold Tue 29-Sep-20 00:19:13

About 10 days and it trained and forced myself every day to smell lavender oil, my rose lip balm.. Etc.
Lemon... I would hold a lemon and force myself to remember what lemon smelt like.

I had very tingly nose, almost burning... During. No actual pain in the end, slight discomfort and very tired.

nancy75 Tue 29-Sep-20 00:21:37

About 2 weeks, for weeks after I could smell smoke & burning all the time. One night I got up 4 times convinced the house was in fire.

Elcantador Tue 29-Sep-20 06:52:26

My partner lost his sense of smell, and his sense of taste changed, this was back in March. Most of his sense of smell took months to come back. It is not as strong as it used to be. As for taste, he feels some things he used to like the taste of now taste awful, like instant coffee.. his sense of taste might have changed permanently.

TolstoyAteMyHamster Tue 29-Sep-20 07:12:21

Three weeks, or so.
Mostly fine now. But some stuff tastes weird and smells aren’t as strong as they used to be.

CaptainInsensible Tue 29-Sep-20 07:16:09

Not long, after 3 days I could smell something for about a second then it would go again, but I think it was back to normal in a week or so. I don’t think it been significantly affected. Seems like I’ve been very lucky from reading this.
Hopefully everyone will make a full recovery eventually

Stars1979 Tue 29-Sep-20 07:39:31

My husband lost complete taste and smell for about 5 weeks. He found it awful. Its back and fine now.

whirlwindwallaby Tue 29-Sep-20 07:45:48

Two weeks. Hard to know how good it was when it first came back but certain it's normal six months later, favourite foods taste amazing, don't feel I am missing anything.

NastyBlouse Tue 29-Sep-20 07:49:08

Taste was back after a few days. Can’t remember exactly... less than a week.

Sense of smell took longer. Over a month, but less than two. Although I still suspect that I have a little missing ‘bandwidth’ because we currently have a scented candle that my husband can smell but I can’t!

NameChangeOctober Tue 29-Sep-20 07:51:37

After 6 months mine is still not back and I get wafts of gross sickly sweet smells from many sources

SaskiaRembrandt Tue 29-Sep-20 08:17:13

Mine were gone for about a week, but then I had several weeks of everything tasting and smelling weird. It's all pretty much back to normal now, but I've just discovered that I still can't taste pears properly (of all things), they now have a vague metallic taste which is unpleasant.

rachelvbwho Tue 29-Sep-20 11:40:18

Oh wow, a real mix then! Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

Fingers crossed it comes back soon for me then 🤞

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Angrymum22 Tue 29-Sep-20 20:06:22

Sense of taste was altered rather than non existent. I had metallic, salty taste for a few weeks.
Sense of smell was much more profound and took about 3 months to return. I am currently slow cooking spare ribs and can smell them from upstairs with the kitchen door closed and it clearly smells of bbq rubbed ribs.Two months ago I would have forgotten they were cooking and probably incinerated them. I could just about smell the incinerated meals when I opened the oven but could not have told you what was cooking.
Smell has returned very gradually and probably not quite back to pre covid ‘bloodhound’ level. I can detect the strong odour of teenage boy in DSs room now and correctly identify which t shirts he has worn and need washing. I suspect he was pretty smelly during lockdown!

headinthedrawer Thu 01-Oct-20 16:07:59

Around 3 months to smell anything.6 months down the line and it's still not fully back.

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