by: Emily Cervarich, Nexstar Media Wire
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)– An increasing variety of clients are now struggling with an odd condition after recovering from COVID-19. Its called parosmia, and its leaving patients with a foul odor.
Published: Mar 14, 2021/ 07:10 PM EDT
/ Updated: Mar 14, 2021/ 07:10 PM EDT
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Meskunas took her daughter to specialists, like a nose, throat and ear physician (ENT) and a neurologist, who often, she said, were not sure what was going on and could provide little help. One thing they did learn was it could be a life-lasting condition.
” She might smell a little bit, however things didnt smell like she believed they should. She was essentially saying things smelled like rotten food, like something that had actually been sitting in the refrigerator.” Danielle Meskunas, Lorelais mama
Danielle Meskunas is a mama to 11-year-old Lorelai. Danielle stated her child had COVID back in November and like so numerous others, lost her taste and smell. By late January, Danielle said her kid began to restore her capability to odor. However, by early February, something odd began occurring.
Parosmia is a condition that distorts an individuals sense of odor. The condition can trigger one to lose the intensity of his/her odor. However more frequently, it can trigger one to experience an overpowering rancid scent. It can happen either around smells that are normally pleasant or around nothing at all.
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” Thankfully our medical care physician had become aware of parosmia, and he stated, I believe this is what this is …. He informed us this is basically nerve damage due to COVID and there wasnt a lot we might do. This condition can go on for months, on the bottom end of it, or it could last permanently.” Danielle Meskunas, Lorelais mommy
Now that more people are recovering in mass numbers, he said the next action is research study on lingering symptoms brought on by the infection.
Nexstar affiliate 9OYS spoke with Dr. Thomas Gallaher, a medical director of contagious diseases and infection avoidance. He operates at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina and at UNC Lenoir in Kinston, North Carolina.
” Two-thirds of as much as 80% of people [with COVID] will lose their taste or smell, but it will ultimately disappear. The majority of people do get much better, however some have this long COVID.” Dr. Thomas Gallaher
Meskunas and her child have discovered some convenience in online support groups for other sufferers. Meskunas stated this could be a long-lasting battle for her daughter, all due to the fact that of COVID. While not lethal, it is life-changing for the Meskunas family, and what medical professionals say is a growing number of others.
Gallaher said he and other colleagues have seen more clients coming in with this condition, however today they do not understand enough about it. Gallaher stated he and other physician have actually been taking this pandemic one step at a time, first concentrating on deaths and how to slow the spread, then on treating intense symptoms.
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The condition can trigger one to lose the intensity of his or her smell. Danielle stated her child had COVID back in November and like so numerous others, lost her sense of taste and smell. By late January, Danielle said her kid began to regain her ability to smell.” She could smell a little bit, however things didnt smell like she believed they should. She was essentially stating things smelled like rotten food, like something that had actually been sitting in the fridge.