ya jama3a, ENT information needed

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Ya jama3a, your friend Mazz needs your help.

i need the names of the bestest bestest smartest ENT’s in jordan. i have a weird condition that requires someone to look past his nose to tell me what’s wrong. it is very systematic with the chronic sinusitis symptoms, but my CT scan came clear. i have a  slightly deviated septum but i haven’t been able to smell for a loooong time now. i was preparing to cut off from the outside world for three weeks while i do and recover from the sinusitis operation, but this last doctor who’s supposed to be one of the best told me i don’t need one.

i’m Not an ENT, i don’t know if he was right or wrong. i want 3 more opinions before i do something drastic. so please, if you’ve got experience with not being able to smell properly, shoot me a line here!

thanks

Mazz

your friendly neighborhood photographer

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~ by Mazz on 25 November, 2008.

4 Responses to “ya jama3a, ENT information needed”

  1. What causes loss of smell and taste?

    Scientists have found that the sense of smell is most accurate between the ages of 30 and 60 years. It begins to decline after age 60, and a large proportion of elderly persons lose their smelling ability. Women of all ages are generally more accurate than men in identifying odors.

    Some people are born with a poor sense of smell or taste. Upper respiratory infections are blamed for some losses, and injury to the head can also cause smell or taste problems.

    Loss of smell and taste may result from polyps in the nasal or sinus cavities, hormonal disturbances, or dental problems. They can also be caused by prolonged exposure to certain chemicals such as insecticides, and by some medicines.

    Tobacco smoking is the most concentrated form of pollution that most people are exposed to. It impairs the ability to identify odors and diminishes the sense of taste. Quitting smoking improves the smell function.

    Radiation therapy patients with cancers of the head and neck often complain of lost smell and taste. These senses can also be lost in the course of some diseases of the nervous system.

    Patients who have lost their larynx (voice box) commonly complain of poor ability to smell and taste. Laryngectomy patients can use a special “bypass” tube to breathe through the nose again. The enhanced air flow through the nose helps smell and taste sensations to be re-established.

    How are smell and taste loss diagnosed?

    The extent of loss of smell or taste can be tested using the lowest concentration of a chemical that a person can detect and recognize. A patient may also be asked to compare the smells or tastes of different chemicals, and how the intensities of smells and tastes grow when a chemical concentration is increased.

    Smell—Scientists have developed an easily administered “scratch-and-sniff” test to evaluate the sense of smell.
    Taste—Patients react to different chemical concentrations in taste testing; this may involve a simple “sip, spit, and rinse” test, or chemicals may be applied directly to specific areas of the tongue.
    Can these disorders be treated?

    Sometimes certain medications are the cause of smell or taste disorders, and improvement occurs when that medicine is stopped or changed. Although certain medications can cause chemosensory problems, others—particularly anti-allergy drugs—seem to improve the senses of taste and smell. Some patients, notably those with serious respiratory infections or seasonal allergies, regain their smell or taste simply by waiting for their illness to run its course. In many cases, nasal obstructions, such as polyps, can be removed to restore airflow to the receptor area and can correct the loss of smell and taste. Occasionally, chemosenses return to normal just as spontaneously as they disappeared.

    How do you cope with smell or taste problems?

    If you experience problems in smelling or tasting, try to identify and record the circumstances surrounding it. When did you first become aware of it? Did you have a cold or flu then? A head injury? Were you exposed to air pollutants, pollens, danders, or dust to which you might be allergic? Is this a recurring problem? Does it come in any special season, like hayfever time?

    Bring all this information with you when you visit a physician who deals with diseases of the nose and throat (an otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon). Proper diagnosis by a trained professional can provide reassurance that your illness is not imaginary. You may even be surprised by the results. For example, what you may think is a taste problem could actually be a smell problem, because much of what you taste is really caused by smell.

    Diagnosis may also lead to treatment of an underlying cause for the disturbance. Remember, many types of smell and taste disorders are reversible.

    Flavor

    Four commonly identified taste sensations:

    sweet
    sour
    bitter
    salty
    Certain tastes combine with texture, temperature, and odor to produce a flavor that allows us to identify what we are eating.

    Many flavors are recognized through the sense of smell. If you hold your nose while eating chocolate, for example, you will have trouble identifying the chocolate flavor, even though you can distinguish the food’s sweetness or bitterness. This is because the familiar flavor of chocolate is sensed largely by odor. So is the well known flavor of coffee. This is why a person who wishes to fully savor a delicious flavor (e.g., an expert chef testing his own creation) will exhale through his nose after each swallow.

    Taste and smell cells are the only cells in the nervous system that are replaced when they become old or damaged. Scientists are examining this phenomenon while studying ways.

    http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/smellTaste.cfm

  2. hamede, inta khateer!
    thanks

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