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Do I have loss of smell and could it be a symptom of COVID 19?

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: July 13, 2021 3:24 PM

Anonymous 2 months

Hello, currently I’m having a sore throat and have dry cough frequently lately, and today I think my smellings just got worse as I couldn’t smell that good compared to a few days ago. Now I’m wondering, with the loss of smell, do you really loss all that smellings or is it possible to still smell other things? I’m asking cus I just bought a Hurix cool inhaler tube and I still could smell the mint nicely. So does that mean I have loss of smell or am I just overworrying?

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 2 months
General Practitioner

Hello! Thank you reaching out to us.

Based on your explanation, we understand you’re experiencing symptoms of dry cough, sore throat and loss of smell sensation. We will try to help you out.

The symptoms you’re experiencing is related to Coronavirus infection, but it could also be due to other causes of respiratory tract infection. If you’re experiencing high fever with difficulty in breathing, headache or weakness, please refer to the nearest clinic. You may also undergo a screening test here.

Regarding your question about loss or reduced smell sensation, if you are having this symptom you may not be able to smell things you have been able to smell previously. However, you may still be able to smell things with a strong scent. Besides Coronavirus infection, nasal congestion, sinusitis or an allergy could cause a reduced sense of smell that you’re currently experiencing.

You may contact us further regarding this issue if you have further enquiries.

I hope our answer has been helpful. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Tue Jul 13 2021 15:24:21 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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