Recovered COVID-19 Patient Describes Agony Of Distorted Sense Of Smell
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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One of the many mysteries surrounding COVID-19 is the peculiar side effect of patients losing their sense of taste and smell. In the medical field, that's called anosmia.
A less publicized side effect that can follow in some COVID-19 patients is parosmia: when scents and flavors become distorted. There's been relatively little research into the disorders, which until recently have been exceptionally rare. That's left many patients feeling confused, isolated and hopeless.
Julie Carty wrote about her experience with post-COVID parosmia in an essay published in The San Diego Union-Tribune this week. She said the disorder was devastating, even the scent of her newborn baby made her feel sick to her stomach.
Carty joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about her experience. Also on the show was Dr. Carol Yan, a UC San Diego researcher who studies parosmia and anosmia and is involved in Carty's medical care.
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