Researchers studying long-term effects of COVID, including distorted smell, enlarged tongue – KABC-TV

Scientists are still discovering more about the long-lasting results of COVID-19. Not just can it affect your sense of smell momentarily, and long term, however sometimes, the virus can damage your tongue.Many clients recovering from COVID-19 say theyre constantly fatigued or they have chest pains and memory issues. Now, more individuals are likewise reporting problems with their sense of odor.”The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to have a preference for infecting the cells that live near the odor nerves and consequently triggering secondary injury or even the death of smell nerves,” said Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.Sedaghat says as those nerves begin to heal, about one to four months after the COVID-19 infection, numerous patients are suffering a condition called parosmia, a weird distortion of odor.”The modifications to the sense of smell are generally rather bothersome. They can be things like gas, smoke, fire, rotten food, rotten flesh.”Besides handling hurt olfactory nerves, some doctors are seeing patients with a rare new symptom – an enlarged tongue.”Because of the huge tongue, they cant talk, cant head out in public, cant eat by mouth, so their lifestyle is extremely poor,” stated Dr. James Melville, with the University of Texas Health School of Dentistry.The condition is not a direct side effect of coronavirus itself, but an outcome of a treatment – long-lasting intubation, Melville says.Melville says the most reliable treatment is tongue-reduction surgery.As for clients handling distorted smell, doctors rely on a kind of treatment for the nose, called olfactory training. That involves essentially practicing smelling focused smells to promote the nerves, Sedaghat says.Since there is no surgery or medication for parosmia, re-training and regaining a regular sense of odor usually takes numerous months for many clients.
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