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Post-Covid Loss of Smell: How Compounding Can Help

Did you know that the sense of smell is the most powerful trigger of memories? It is why losing your sense of smell can be so devastating. Not only do you lose valuable sensory input, but you also lose all of the associated memories and emotions. For many people, the loss of smell is one of the first symptoms of Covid-19. If you are one of those people, don’t despair! There are ways to help compensate for this loss. In this blog post, we will discuss how compounding can help improve your sense of smell if you have lost your sense of smell due to COVID-19.

Since the appearance of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, several symptoms commonly associated with SARS -CoV2 infection have appeared. Two common ones are partial or full loss of taste and smell, which are considered more predictive than all other signs, including cough and fever fatigue. A systematic review showed that 60%of patients had anosmia (losses among others) before other typical symptoms emerged, such as respiratory issues; however, this isn’t true for everyone because some variants carry different risks depending on their DNA makeup.

Prevalence of Hyposmia and anosmia in Covid 19 patients

A study of patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-19 infection showed that 97.0% had smell loss, and 96.0% had taste loss at the testing time. The study also found that smell and taste loss was more common in patients with severe disease than in those with mild or moderate disease.

The good news is that the loss of smell and taste is temporary in most cases. However, in some cases, the loss of smell and taste may be permanent. In a study of patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-19 infection, 97% had regained their sense of smell after two weeks, and 96% had regained their sense of taste.

Possible treatments

There are several treatment options for prolonged hyposmia or anosmia. Most of these treatments were researched before COVID-19, as they can use them in post-infectious and traumatic cases involving temporary loss of smell.

The following is a list of some possible treatments:

Olfactory Training

This treatment involves exposing the patient to different smells daily. The goal is to train the brain to recognize, and process smells. This treatment is typically used for patients with post-infectious anosmia or traumatic anosmia.

Intranasal Vitamin

This treatment involves using a nasal spray containing vitamin A to improve the sense of smell. Vitamin A is thought to help improve the sense of smell by increasing the number of olfactory receptors in the nose. This treatment is typically used for patients with post-infectious anosmia or traumatic anosmia.

Compounding

Compounding medicine is tailored to the individual patient and can be customized to meet their specific needs. This treatment involves using custom-made medications to improve the sense of smell. The medication is typically a combination of zinc, vitamin A, and other vitamins and minerals. This treatment is typically used for patients with post-infectious anosmia or traumatic anosmia.

If you have lost your sense of smell due to COVID-19, don’t despair! There are treatment options available that can help improve your sense of smell. Ask a pharmacist today to learn more about how compounding can help you regain your sense of smell.

Final Words

The loss of smell is a devastating experience that people went through during covid times. But not anymore, as compounding medication is here for the rescue. So if you are the one who is facing this loss, don’t forget to ask for help from your compounding pharmacist. Contact us for any medical help you need, and we are here for your help.

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