Anosmia means reduced or complete loss of ability to smell. Can be a temporary condition associated with colds or a permanent condition resulting from damage to the olfactory nerve.
Causative factors for Anosmia:
Anosmia has many potential causes, including upper respiratory tract infections, allergies, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, medications, and diseases that affect the nervous system (e.g. Alzheimer's disease). It can be caused by a variety of factors, from temporary blockage of the nose by a sinus infection to head trauma. Anosmia can be caused by temporary or permanent irritation, or destruction of the mucous membranes inside of nose. Anosmia can be caused by:
- Acute sinusitis
- Allergic rhinitis or Hay fever
- Common cold
- Non-allergic rhinitis
The obvious sign of Anosmia is a loss of smell. Some people with Anosmia notice a change in the way things smell. For example, familiar things begin to lack of odour.
How to diagnose Anosmia:
To diagnose Anosmia, doctors use familiar odors or ask patients to use scratch-and-sniff cards. If the patient has difficulty to detecting or identifying the odours is considered to be afflicted with Anosmia. Once the condition is diagnosed, getting to the cause is important, to ensure that the patient receives the appropriate treatment. When Anosmia is congenital, that can be difficult to diagnose, because it may take some time for a child to realize that is missing out on a vital sense, and parents may not catch on when a child is preverbal. Acquired Anosmia has an onset later in life.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure Anosmia:
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Anosmia symptoms but to remove its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. Several remedies are available to cure Anosmia symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
Alumina: Sense of smell dimished.Pain in root of nose, nose cracked, nostrils sore and red worse by touch. Fluent coryza, membranes in nose are dry and distended and bloggy.Dispotion to colds in the head.
Natrum Mur: Loss of smell and taste.Internal soreness of nose.Violent, fluent coryza continous sneezings, Great weakness and weariness. Thin watery discharge from nose like raw white of egg.
Pulsatilla: Loss of smell.Cahngiability of symptoms. Coryza with obstruction of nostrils especially right nostril. Pressing pain in root of nose. Large green, foetid scales in nose. Dryness of mouth without thirst.
Other indicated medicines: Hep.sulph, Kali.bich, Belladonna, Aurum. Met, Mag.mur, Anacardium, Ignatia etc.