Loss of smell is a worrying symptom of Covid-19 that can last for more than 6 months. Faced with this, solutions are created to speed up the recovery process.
Many symptoms can be experienced by people infected with Covid-19. Among the best known, we can especially mention the loss of smell, or anosmia. A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine states that 5% of patients still do not regain this sense six months after being infected.
Smell: a sense strongly affected by Covid-19
The study we are telling you about today has been carried out on 2,581 patients since March 2019 in 18 European hospitals. In this panel, 1,916 patients had lost their sense of smell following the contraction of the Covid-19 virus. The results observed by the researchers are as follows: 85.9% of people with anosmia were mildly so. Between 5 to 7% of patients had moderate or even severe forms of the loss of smell.
1363 people completed all of the assessments for this study. 328 of them have not recovered their olfactory faculties 60 days after the first symptoms, or 15.3%. After 6 months, 4.7% of people still have not objectively recovered their sense of smell. To conclude their study, the researchers declared “After 2 months of follow-up, 75% to 85% of the patients recovered their sense of smell according to the subjective and objective olfactory evaluations. “
Solutions to regain your sense of smell
Faced with this worrying symptom, many actors are looking for solutions to help anosmics. For example, we can cite the solution created by the association anosmie.org. The organization has launched a web application available at this address to speed up olfactory recovery. The principle used is that of olfactory rehabilitation. In order to start this process, it will be necessary to acquire four essential oils (on the site directly or in a pharmacy): clove, eucalyptus, lemon and geranium rosae. After obtaining these products, inhalation training will be available on the application to allow the gradual recovery of smell.
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