We know that a person may suffer visual hallucinations, that is, he sees something that is not there, but continuous data indicate that patients with the emerging corona virus that causes “Covid-19” may suffer “olfactory hallucinations” and distort the sense of smell, so what are its details? What are its symptoms? How can you deal with it?
Among the complications of “Covid-19” disease, about which data are collected, are two things:
1- Parosmia, whose scientific name is “Parosmia”, and it is a condition in which a distortion in the sense of smell occurs, so the person smells a smell known to him in another way, so he smells an odor that is already present, but he smells it differently, so you may smell the coffee that you were enjoying Like the smell of moldy fish, for example.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, with paresis, the smell that appears in the environment around you is distorted. Parosmia may be associated with damage to the organ responsible for the sense of smell, as occurs after an acute respiratory infection.
2- Olfactory hallucinations, whose scientific name is “Phantosmia”, and here a person smells a smell that does not exist in the first place, for example he smells the smell of sulfur, although there is nothing around him that smells.
And according to the Mayo Clinic, olfactory hallucinations make you discover smells that are not really present in the environment around you. The smells detected in the olfactory hallucinations differ from one person to another, and these smells may be foul or pleasant, and this condition may occur in one or both nostrils, and the phantom smell may always appear or appear and disappear.
Olfactory hallucinations may be caused by a head injury or upper respiratory infection, and may also be caused by temporal lobe seizures, sinusitis, brain tumors, and Parkinson’s disease.
Some people with Coronavirus report smelling unpleasant odors months after infection with the virus, such as the smell of fish, sulfur, and an unpleasant, sweet smell. Professor Nirmal Kumar, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, described the symptoms as “very strange and unique”.
Professor Kumar told Sky News that the patients suffer from olfactory hallucinations, which means that “the sense of smell is distorted, and often disturbed, unfortunately.”
Professor Kumar explained, “This virus has a link to the nerves in the head, and in particular the nerve that controls the sense of smell … but it is likely to affect other nerves as well and affect, as we believe, the neurotransmitters – the mechanisms that send messages to the brain.”
“Some people report hallucinations, sleep disturbances and changes in hearing,” he added.
Among the changes mentioned by some people with anosmia:
1- The coffee smelled like gasoline, according to a report by the Washington Post.
2- The steak smells like rotten meat.
3- The smell of chicken smells like sulfur.
And because the sense of smell is closely related to taste, these people also have problems sensing the taste of food and drink.
Charity AbScent, which supports people with olfactory disorders, is currently collecting information from thousands of olfactory and parosmia patients, in partnership with the British ENT UK and the British Nose Association. Rhinological Society to help develop treatments, according to a report in the British newspaper, The Independent.
The association recommends that anyone with parosmia undergo “training in smell” that includes inhaling the oils of rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus) daily for about 20 seconds, in an effort to slowly restore their sense of smell.
Professor Kumar said, “There are some promising early reports that such training benefits patients.”
He added that most people will eventually regain a normal sense of smell.
For his part, Dr. David Beckham, an expert in neurological infectious diseases, said in a statement to “WREG-TV” that he estimates that about 25% of the patients he saw reported that they had an abnormal smell or taste.
Beckham says that studies show that the condition occurs after the virus causes nerve damage in an area of the sinuses, and that this can essentially disrupt the required signals from the sensory nerves in the nose to the brain.
“We don’t really understand why some people are injured and not others. We know that they can recover over time, it just depends on how badly those nerves are injured,” Beckham said.
The BBC offered these tips for dealing with paralysis:
1- Eat cold foods or at room temperature.
2- Avoid fried foods, grilled meats, onions, garlic, eggs, coffee and chocolate, which are often referred to as the worst foods for people with paralysis.
3- Try light foods like rice, pasta, unroasted bread, steamed vegetables, and yogurt.
In conclusion, if you have been infected with the Coronavirus, or you suspect that you have been infected, and suffer paraphilia or olfactory hallucinations, you should speak with your doctor to find out the best treatment for you.
Source : The Independent + Al-Jazeera + agencies + the British press + BBC