Parosmia – UPSC Prelims

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are anosmia and ageusia. However, several people are also experiencing parosmia. It is characterized by a change in perception of odours.
Anosmia: It is the partial or complete loss of the sense of smell. This loss may be temporary or permanent.
Ageusia: It is a condition, characterized by a complete loss of taste function of the tongue.
About Parosmia:
  • Parosmia is a medical term. It describes a condition in which affected individuals experience distortions in the sense of smell.
  • A person with parosmia is able to detect certain odours. But they might experience the smell of certain things as different and often unpleasant. For example, coffee may smell like burnt toast.
  • Causes: Parosmia is typically experienced by those people who are recovering their sense of smell following a loss from a virus or an injury.
  • Is Parosmia Harmful? Parosmia is a temporary condition and is not harmful in itself.
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