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In addition to the main symptoms such as high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, taste and smell problems can be observed in patients with corona virus infection,” said. But taste and smell disorders are not only a symptom of Covid-19, but can also be observed in colds caused by other factors and many other types of diseases.

Ear, Nose, And Throat Doctor in Turkey, Dr. shared all the details you need to know about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of taste and smell disorders.

“In these days, when the covid-19 pandemic affects many people and leads to loss of life, everyone is very careful about the symptoms that indicate the disease. In addition to the main symptoms such as high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, taste and smell problems can be observed in patients with corona virus infection. Other symptoms seen in the individual are decisive in determining the cause of the problem in question.”


An Turkish expert Professor who noted that “disorders of smell and taste were considered a trivial condition by society before taking their place among the symptoms of Covid-19,” was said:

“However, these types of problems can occur as a harbinger of acute or chronic important diseases, as well as a serious viral infection such as Covid-19. Chronic rhinitis, allergies and colds due to taste and smell disorders, except for sudden cases that develop as soon as possible, medical institutions should be contacted and examined. In addition to negatively affecting nutrition, these types of problems can also lead to disadvantages such as the consumption of impaired nutrients, the inability to detect hazards such as gas leakage. Old age, colds and respiratory infections, allergies, nasal polyps, psychiatric disorders, dry mouth and tooth decay, exposure to chemicals, smoking and drug use, drugs, using a variety of facial paralysis, head trauma and concussion, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia diseases such as tumors of the cranial base, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, the salivary glands, that are related to some diseases, such as sinusitis diseases are among the causes of smell and taste disorders.”

“Some of the sweet, salty, bitter and sour tastes cannot be felt, tastes can be perceived differently than normal. Because the sense of taste is a sense associated with the sense of smell, the disorder of smell also directly affects taste. He emphasizes that medical institutions should be consulted for flu infections or diagnosed diseases that can lead to loss of taste and smell, especially for sudden taste and smell disorders. Of course, every person infected with the corona virus may not develop odor and taste disorders. In patients with this problem, loss of taste and smell can be alone, as well as in combination with other symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, high fever, sore throat. The most important factor in the suspicion of Corona infection of smell and taste disorders is the sudden appearance and severe occurrence of the symptom in question.” said.


Turkey Medicals to AA correspondent; at a statement, “If there is a suspicion of Covid-19, the patient should be immediately isolated and subjected to Covid-19 testing. “in order to diagnose olfactory disorders other than this, odor tests performed in two ways, objective or subjective, are applied. The test, described as objective, helps to find out if the individual is receiving the given odors using a machine. In subjective tests, in addition to the ability to smell, the individual’s ability to respond to the sensations felt can also be investigated in detail. Odor and taste disorders can be easily diagnosed with the help of odor tests in the form of 8-test or 40-test. The 8-test is used much more often because it has an advantage in terms of time, while the 40-test, which requires a longer time, can conduct sensory research on a large number of different odors. If any problems with the senses are diagnosed, a sample of the flesh of the nose is taken to investigate the reactions of the smell cells to the smell molecules. Aeration of the inside of the nose, structural disorders that lead to aeration disorder in the nose, and the treatment of other conditions also play an important role in the treatment of taste and smell disorders. If these do not give results, it is possible to activate the olfactory bulbous and olfactory center in the brain with the help of olfactory exercises. Antihistamine medication in patients with allergy problems, the use of drugs which are effective in reducing the dryness of the nose and mouth, nasal polyps removal of tumors, the treatment of teeth and gum disease, smoking, and substance use in applications such as the Prevention of it is also among the preferred methods in the treatment of smell and taste disorders,” he said.

Finally, who stressed that Loss of smell and taste can indicate Covid-19 and some other serious diseases, and adds that “it is important for people experiencing these problems to contact medical institutions by paying attention to protective measures such as masks and distance.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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