Smell and taste disorders can cause odors, tastes, or flavors to be diminished, misread or distorted. They may cause the detection of a bad odor or taste from something that is normally pleasant.
The most common smell and taste disorders are:
These disorders can affect quality of life and be a sign of an underlying condition or health problem including:
It is possible to be born with a smell or taste disorder. But most are caused by:
The treatment of smell and taste disorders will depend on what may be causing it. Treatment options may include the correction of the underlying medical problem, surgical removal of obstructions that may be the cause or counseling.