In addition to fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, patients with Covid-19 may also experience loss of taste or smell. Usually, these symptoms go away within five to ten days, but in some cases the recovery time is longer.
A study carried out by ENT doctors and researchers in 12 European hospitals with 417 patients and published last April was interested in these symptoms of Covid-19. Result: 44% of people affected by a loss of smell had recovered this sense within 15 days. What about other patients? They “must keep a good hope of recovery which could be done within 12 months of the onset of symptoms (nervous recovery is a slow process). Recovery of taste is random, can be done before, at the same time, or after the recovery of smell “, can we read.
Covid-19: spices to regain taste and smell?
To find taste and smell more quickly, doctor Jimmy Mohamed unveiled a rehabilitation exercise on Europe 1. According to the doctor, this process would speed up the healing process by rebuilding the nerve fibers of the olfactory bulb.
How does this exercise take place? The first step is to clean your nose with physiological serum even if you only suffer from a loss of taste. Once the nasal cavities have been cleaned, the patient chooses a bottle of spices made from cinnamon, vinegar, thyme or even mint.
Before smelling the spices, the patient reads the label on the bottle to “give the sensory system time to associate the two pieces of information”, explained Doctor Mohamed. This exercise should be performed two to three per day for up to three months after the loss of smell and taste.
Loss of taste and smell: a way to screen for Covid-19?
If this exercise is effective in regaining taste and smell, it would also be effective in detecting Covid-19 early. Researchers from the Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) have created an olfactory test to detect the disease using specific odors.
To do this, the researchers carried out an experiment in Nice, Thursday July 16. They made a hundred passers-by smell citrus or cinnamon scented strips. The volunteers had to rate the intensity of the odor from zero to six, but also to answer a questionnaire.
This olfactory test was inspired by an experiment conducted in Korea: soldiers had to smell apple cider vinegar before entering military camps. If they did not perceive the smell, they had to take a standard screening test, as this was considered to be a sign of a potential Covid-19 infection.
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