What can I do about this problem?
Talk to your family doctor. If a medicine is causing the problem, your doctor might have you stop taking the medicine or take a different medicine. Then you might be able to taste and smell again. But don’t stop taking a medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have an infection or an allergy, treatment might help. Your doctor can tell you what treatment is best for you.
If you smoke, you should quit. Not only will your sense of taste and smell improve, but your overall health will improve, too.
Some people permanently lose the ability to smell or taste normally. But it is still possible to improve the appeal of food. Your doctor can give you tips for fixing food in ways that will increase your enjoyment of it.
Smell and Taste Disorders: A Primary Care Approach by SM Bromley, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000115/427.html)
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff