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Hello all,
Well I've been lurking this board for a few weeks and wanted to post a question.
My main complaint is my reduced sense of smell. I currently do pulsating nasal washes and take 2 squirts of Flonase daily after the nasal washes.

Let me give a short rundown of my situation
1) March 08 - Went to Dr. to inquire as to my constant stuffy nose and was told "you have allergies", she gave me a tapering dose of Prednisone and advised I follow-up with an ENT to insure there was no other issues. My sense of smell came back with a VENGEANCE. I was loving life again.

2) May 08 - ENT did a nasal scope and MRI of my head and stated there was a very small cyst which is not worth removing and would no way interfere with my olfactory senses due to it's location. He advised I follow-up with an Immunologist.

3) Next month (August 2008) I go to see an immunologist to get tested for allergies.

My question: If I do have allergies and begin the immunology (shots) is there a chance my sense of smell could improve?

Many thanks to anyone who can post their experiences or input.
Regards,
Allergies4Me
Shots should help cut the severity of your allergic reaction, minimize the inflammation and congestion in your nose and, as a result of all that, should help your sense of smell improve (assuming they work for you).

The fact that the prednisone helped your sense of smell return is a good sign - you mention nasal washes and flonase - are you taking an antihistamine also?
[QUOTE=allergies4me;3667708]Hello all,
Well I've been lurking this board for a few weeks and wanted to post a question.
My main complaint is my reduced sense of smell. I currently do pulsating nasal washes and take 2 squirts of Flonase daily after the nasal washes.

Let me give a short rundown of my situation
1) March 08 - Went to Dr. to inquire as to my constant stuffy nose and was told "you have allergies", she gave me a tapering dose of Prednisone and advised I follow-up with an ENT to insure there was no other issues. My sense of smell came back with a VENGEANCE. I was loving life again.

2) May 08 - ENT did a nasal scope and MRI of my head and stated there was a very small cyst which is not worth removing and would no way interfere with my olfactory senses due to it's location. He advised I follow-up with an Immunologist.

3) Next month (August 2008) I go to see an immunologist to get tested for allergies.

My question: If I do have allergies and begin the immunology (shots) is there a chance my sense of smell could improve?

Many thanks to anyone who can post their experiences or input.
Regards,
Allergies4Me

Hello all,
Just wanted to follow-up on what happened with my allergy tests.
Well, I was tested for many items and I was found to have zero allergies. The Dr. stated I have "N.A.R.E.S" (Non-Allergic Rhinitis) and that I'd have to "live with it". Well that didn't make me too happy so I decided to do some research. I tried various things over the past month such as modifying my diet to exclude all dairy and wheat, no luck. I increased my nasal irrigations to twice a day, no luck. I finally read about Gerd and how it can affect your sinuses, I never knew that. I remembered about 19 years ago I was on a prescription for Nexium due to a "pre-ulcer". I decided to try Prilosec and BINGO. Within 48 hours my sense of smell is back in ways I haven't noticed in years. I'm guessing that although my heartburn was only about twice a week it was just enough acid reflux to cause my sinuses to swell slightly. I just wanted to pass this on for those of you with Hyposmia who have tried various things.
Regards,
Allergies4Me