Attention note

In case of unusual or acute symptoms, such as nosebleeds, headaches etc. please contact a doctor.

If the problems with taste and small last longer than three months, additional medical exams should be conducted by the otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist).

Loss of the sense of taste and smell: these tips are important

Smell training

Taste and Smell Loss

COVID-19 can cause a loss of taste and smell. Approximately 80% of patients are affected. It has been shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters the central nervous system through the mucous membranes of the olfactory and gustatory systems and can damage or destroy sensory cells.

Due to the damage or destruction of these cells, only an incomplete olfactory impression reaches the brain. This can lead to olfactory or gustatory confusion, so that affected persons can no longer recognize the smell of coffee, for example.

Fortunately, the sensory cells can renew themselves, and the course of olfactory and taste disorders with COVID-19 is generally considered favorable by experts.

A simple smell training can significantly improve olfactory perception.

Step 1: regularly smell, for example in the morning and in the evening for 10 to 15 seconds, each time four intensive scents

Schritt 2: consciously perceive the smell and visualize it at the same time

  • The best fragrances to start with are clove, rose, lemon and eucalyptus.
  • Change the 4 training scents after 12 weeks.
  • Familiar scents, such as your favourite perfume or the smell of coffee, are also useful for training.

Please read further information and instructions in the Vademecum about smell training

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