NISA, France (AP) – A doctor slid a miniature camera into a patient’s right nostril, reddening his entire nose with his bright miniature.
“Is he giggling a little, huh?” he asked as he murmured in the nostrils, tears welled up in his eyes, his cheeks rolled.
The patient, Gabriella Forgio, did not complain. The 25-year-old pharmacist was delighted to be taken out of hospital in the southern French city of Nice to pursue an increasingly pressing search for her sense of smell. Along with his sense of taste, it suddenly disappeared when he contracted COVID-19 in November, but no one returned.
Depriving him of the pleasures of food, the aromas of his favorite things, becomes hard on his body and mind. Melted by both good and bad smells, Forgio loses weight and loses self-confidence.
“Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Do I stink?'” He confessed. “I usually wear perfume, I like things to smell nice. “I’m very worried about not having a sense of smell.”
One year after the coronavirus epidemic, doctors and researchers are still trying to better understand և treat the COVID-19-associated anosmia epidemic. Loss of smell. Sufferers like Forgione.
Even specialist doctors say that there is a lot about the situation that they do not yet know և they learn when they are diagnosed և treated. With COVID-19, odor deterioration has become so common that some researchers suggest that simple odor tests may be used to detect coronavirus infections in countries with few laboratories.
For most people, olfactory problems are temporary and often go away on their own within weeks. But a small minority complains of persistent dysfunction long after COVID-19 has disappeared. Some have reported complete or partial loss of odor after six months of infection. According to some doctors, the longest is now approaching a full year.
Researchers working on unpleasant disabilities say they are optimistic that many will eventually recover, but fear that some will not recover. Some doctors are concerned that an increasing number of deodorant patients, many of whom are young, may be more prone to depression, other complications, and overburdened health systems.
“They lose their color in life,” said Dr. Thomas Hummel, who heads the odor-flavoring clinic at Dresden University Hospital in Germany.
“These people will survive, they will be successful in their lives, in their professions,” Hummel added. “But their lives will be much poorer.”
At the Institute for Face and Neck University in Nice, Dr. Claire Vanderstin wiped the tube with a shower under Forgione’s nose as she used her camera to root in her nostrils.
“Do you smell?” Nothing Zero? “Okay,” he asked, while the woman repeatedly apologized with negative answers.
Only the last pipe caused an unequivocal reaction.
“Urgh. “Oh, it stinks,” Forgio shouted. “Fish”
The test is over. Vanderstin passed on his diagnosis.
“You need a huge sense of smell to be able to smell something,” he told her. “You have not completely lost your sense of smell, but it is not good.”
He removed her from homework. Six months of olfactory recovery. “Choose two or three fragrant things twice a day, like a lavender branch or a jar of perfume, and smell them for two or three minutes,” he said.
“If you smell something, it’s great. If not here’s a new product just for you! “Try again, focusing on depicting lavender in a beautiful purple bloom,” he said. “You have to be patient.”
Loss of smell can be more than just an inconvenience. Smoking from a fire, gas leaks or the smell of rotten food can be dangerously unnoticed. Vapors from used diapers, shoe dirt or sweaty armchairs can be embarrassingly ignored.
And as poets have long known, scents and emotions are often like those in love.
Evan Sesa had breakfast time. Now they are a daily chore. A fish dinner in September, which suddenly seemed fragrant, was the first to mention to an 18-year-old sports student that COVID-19 had attacked his senses. The food became a pure texture with only hints of sweet and salty residue.
Five months after school, before breakfast, chocolate cookies were still chewed by Cesa, as if swallowing cardboard.
“Eating has no other purpose for me,” he said. “It’s just a waste of time.”
Cesa is one of the anosmia patients studied by Nice researchers who used perfumes before the epidemic to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. They also used comfort scents to treat children’s post-traumatic stress disorder after a truck bombing in Nice in 2016, when a driver plowed through a holiday crowd, killing 86 people.
Researchers are now turning their experiment into COVID-19 by combining fragrances from the nearby town of Grace. Perfume Aude Galloway worked on scented candles poured under Cesa’s nose to measure her olfactory odor with different concentrating scents.
“Smell is a feeling that is completely forgotten,” said Galway. “We do not realize what an impact it has had on our lives, except, obviously, when we have no other!”
Studies of Cesa և other patients include language և attention tests. Researchers in Nice are investigating whether odor complaints are related to COVID-related cognitive difficulties, including problems with concentration. Cesa stumbled upon the word “ship” when “kayak” was the obvious choice of one choice.
“It’s completely unexpected,” said Magaline Payne, the team’s speech therapist. “This young man should not have language problems.”
“We have to keep digging,” he said. “We find out when we see patients.”
Cesa wants to restore her senses, celebrate the taste of pasta with carbonara sauce, her favorite dish և run outside the wonderful fragrant wonders.
“One can think that it is impossible to smell nature, trees, forests,” he said. “But when you lose your sense of smell, you realize how lucky we really are to be able to smell these things.”
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