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Parosmia and Phantosmia


How am I supposed to cope with this?

Parosmia and Phantosmia can be quite disturbing. Sometimes even worse than full-on anosmia. The good news is that parosmia is considered a sign that smell function is returning. It can take a long time to recover and pass through this phase. Patience is the best thing.  Phantosmia is less understood, and originates in the brain. Both can come with post-viral smell loss. 



Dealing with Parosmia

What to do when everything smells bad


I can't eat! 

Here are some tips for mealtimes:

•Eat room temperature or cool foods

•Avoid fried foods, roasted meats, onions, garlic, eggs, coffee and chocolate. These are frequently mentioned as the worst foods for parosmics

• Try bland foods like rice, noodles, and untoasted bread. Steamed vegetables and plain yogurt are palatable to many.

• If you really can't keep food down, consider unflavoured protein shakes

• If it is available in your area, order your groceries online to avoid having to go to the supermarket

A discussion about Parosmia