News | Health video: the loss of smell is not just the Covid

It is an evil that has been brought to light by the Covid-19 pandemic. Anosmia, or loss of smell, has become one of the most frequently detected symptoms after Sars-Cov-2 infection. Yet there are many patients every year who lose this sense as a result of nasal polyposis, virus, or trauma.

To treat it, in Marseille, the Hôpital de la Conception submits its patients to an adapted course. Accompanied by a nurse, Mirna, 55, victim of a fall in November 2021 causing the disappearance of her sense of smell, will take the olfactometry test to measure her olfactory sensitivity. For a good half hour, she will smell dozens of markers with neutral and then concentrated scents. The goal: to first determine if the patient manages to detect an odor, and finally if she manages to identify the scent. After an assessment with Professor Justin Michel, head of the ENT department, the latter will refer him to a speech therapist. the proliferation of long Covid cases, Emmanuelle has since been receiving more and more patients who have lost their sense of smell.

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