Living with Parosmia (long covid)

Taste and smell is something that we take for granted. Before I got coronavirus, my favourite drink was tea; I could easily drink about five cups per day. After a few days of having covid, my taste and smell went but not completely. For example, while I couldn't taste the flavours of things, I could still taste the main elements like spice, bitterness, sugar, and salt. When eating lasagna, I could taste the salt from the cheese. I could taste the sweetness and bitterness but not the cocoa itself when eating chocolate. 

In terms of smell, I couldn't smell anything, and the only scent that I got was a poisonous dirt smell. If I smelt any food, it would smell poisonous. After coronavirus left, my taste and smell started to come back, and two weeks after the virus had gone, my sense of smell was still not entirely right. Some things I can smell and some things I can't. Sometimes, I can sniff some smells, and it takes about 5 minutes to smell them.

Most foods are starting to taste normal now; however, my favoured cup of tea tastes strongly of metal, and it was never like this before. I can't enjoy a cup of tea no matter how I make it because it smells and tastes like metal. Other hot drinks are fine; I have been drinking coffee instead because my morning cup of tea doesn't taste right. Studies into Parosmia suggest that there are some things that you can do to get your taste and smell back; these include: 

Things you can try to be able to smell and taste

  1. Smelling strong essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil can help.
  2. Avoid unpleasant-tasting foods and try them in a few weeks as your taste may have returned. 
  3. If you have a metal taste, use plastic or bamboo cutlery for a while.
  4. Try some fresh cut lemon dropped onto your tongue and squeeze into your mouth to stimulate taste buds.
  5. Chew gum or suck on strong mints.
  6. Eat foods with high acidity levels, such as pickles, onions, ginger, lemon and vinegar.
  7. Brown sugar and burned orange are supposed to help; however, there isn't enough evidence to suggest this works.

Although I have heard that some people had coronavirus over a year ago and still haven't got their smell and taste back, I hope my sense of smell and taste returns to normal soon. These suggestions mentioned above may or may not work, they are based on recent studies, but there is not enough evidence to suggest that they work. If your lack of taste or sense of smell is getting to you, you should reach out to your doctor as they may be able to offer you a solution. I reached out to family and friends and this is what they said to me, hopefully it will help you in some way.

What family and friends said about Parosmia

  • You should see a doctor because a video I watched said there is a treatment.
  • Everything still smells poisonous
  • Don’t worry eventually your taste will return
  • We don't know if it was coronavirus we had during christmas, but I still have that my smell and taste comes and goes on its own. I spoke to someone who had the same side effects and she still had the same problems a year after. I hope that soon you will be well, but try talk with a doctor, maybe there is some medicine that can affect it and make it heal faster.
  • It will come back slowly mate. With me it was like learning to taste again. I lost coffee and broccoli, but it will come back
  • The burnt orange thing apparently....
  • I think covid damages certain senses and taste etc for a long time, I think waiting a while as your immune system might be still recovering.
  • I had Covid a few months ago, my taste is pretty much back to normal but my smell isn’t. Everything has a sour twang to it.
  • My 18 year old daughter had covid in August and she says her taste buds are weird now. She says that some foods taste like blood (she’s vegan) Myself and our 22 year old daughter had covid at the same time and both lost our taste / smell too but they have come back fully for us.
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