i suffered a hairline fracture at the back of my skull 8 months ago since then the only taste i have is like a sythetic taste to absolutely everything even in my smell i thought it would go but it has got worse. its so strong i hardly recognise much else taste at all now. is this serious as i thought it would go? please help i'm 40yrs old and just finished training as a chef so what am i to do? Thankyou
The loss of taste is probably due to concussion. Usually there is accompanying loss of smell. Loss of smell and taste following head injury can be a symptom of concussion and this may take months to resolve. At times it is due to traumatic injury either to the olfactory nerve or to the olfactory center in the brain and this type of damage is permanent. If it is due to injury to nose internally then this may recover. The various tests carried out to detect the cause of loss of smell are CT scan of nasal sinuses, MRI of brain, allergy testing, and blood glucose levels. This is followed by quantitative smell test which helps identifies the degree of loss.
You can try spicy/tangy/peppery dishes and aromatic food to tingle your taste buds and see if it helps. Change your toothpaste—high fluoride in some toothpastes often change the taste. Also taking steam and using perfumes helps tickle the smell receptors. If the taste and smell do not return, please consult an ENT specialist and a neurologist. Hope this helps. Take care!
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