Issues With Sense Of Smell
Nasal polyps can cause issues with an affected individual's sense of smell. Conditions that interfere with the ability to smell things are called smell disorders. Several issues can cause smell disorders in addition to nasal polyps. For instance, a patient's sense of smell can become limited or changed if they experience injury, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, or dental issues. Issues with smell may also be the result of medication side effects, hormonal balance disturbances, and exposure to chemicals like solvents and insecticides.
More than 200,000 individuals go to a doctor every year to receive treatment for an issue with their sense of smell. If individuals have a smell disorder, they might also notice problems with their sense of taste, as smell and taste are two closely linked senses. An individual's sense of smell is part of the way their body senses chemicals. There are sensory cells in the throat, mouth, and nose to help interpret smells, and polyp growths can block these cells.