People suffering from long COVID are reporting strong fish odor, brimstone and sweet-smelling odor, as further symptoms of the virus are emerging.
The uncommon side-effect is known as parosemia – meaning odor aversion – and it can adversely affect young people and healthcare workers.
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon Professor Nirmal Kumar called the symptom “very strange and very unique”.
Prof Kumar, who is also the President of ENT UK, was among the first medics to identify anosmia – loss of smell – a Coronavirus Indicators in March.
He urged Public Health England to add it to the symptom list months before it became an official list.
He has now mentioned that some of the thousands of patients who have long been known to treat anosmia across the UK are experiencing perosmia.
Prof Kumar told Sky News that patients experience olfactory hallucinations, meaning “the sense of smell is distorted, and mostly unpleasant, unfortunately”.
He said that this is “really troubling the patients and their quality of life is greatly affected”.
long Kovid There is a term to describe the effects of coronaviruses that may persist for weeks or months beyond the initial disease.
Professor Kumar termed it as a “neurotropic virus”: “This virus has an affinity for nerves in the head and especially for smell.
“But it probably affects other nerves as well and it affects, we think, neurotransmitters – the mechanisms that send messages to the brain.”
He said: “Some people are reporting hallucinations, sleep disturbances, hearing changes.
“We don’t know the exact mechanism, but we are finding ways to try and help heal more patients.”
Daniel Savski, a 24-year-old banker living in London, said he had lost his sense of taste and smell until two weeks after contracting coronavirus in March, and has been suffering from parosomy ever since.
Mr. Savsky of West Yorkshire said that strong-smelling things like cans now have a burning, brimstone-like odor or “toast-like odor”.
He said: “It’s less my food enjoyment, and it’s a little disappointing not being able to smell certain foods.”
Lynn Corbett, an administrator for the estate agent, said she was “shocked” to wake up in March on her 52nd birthday with “absolutely no smell or taste”.
Ms Corbett, from Selsey in Sussex, said, “I can’t taste a thing from late March to late May – I honestly think I could have chopped in a raw onion, so it tasted bad.” . “
She said her sense of smell started coming back in June, but “nothing should be sniffed at”.
“Most things smell disgusting, it’s a sick sweet smell that’s hard to describe because I’ve never come across it before.”
She said that despite previously being a “coffee addict”, the drink now smells “unbearable”, as do beer and petrol.
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While she is not sure if she will ever be able to smell it, Ms. Corbett said: “I’m fine with it, I just consider myself lucky that if I had coronovirus, which sounds like I did, I would ‘T was so seriously ill, hospitalized or died, like others.
The charity Absent, which supports people with odor disorders, in partnership with ENT UK and the British Rhinological Society, is gathering information from thousands of anosmia and parosemia patients to assist in the development of the therapy.
They recommend anyone affected by parosia to undergo “odor training”, in which rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus oil are smelled for about 20 seconds each day to gradually gain a sense of smell. Is applied.
Prof Kumar said: “There are some early reports that such training helps patients.”
He said that most people will eventually get their normal sense of smell back.