They offer olfactory testing and olfactory training at the country’s first olfactory testing center for those who have persistent complaints about their sense of smell for more than three weeks after infection with the Coronavirus.
Semmelweis University said in a statement, on Wednesday, that the olfactory ambulance clinic, which was opened at the institution’s otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, will receive patients three times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but the appointment will be extended. If necessary.
Care requires a referral for the ENT or a GP, and the University’s outpatient post-disease clinics can send patients there.
If the lesion requiring current otolaryngology treatment is not found against the background of olfactory loss, an olfactory test is performed. Odor threshold, odor differentiation, and odor detection are also examined with a complex measuring instrument. After about 45 minutes of study, each patient receives a score based on whether they have a normal sense of smell, have decreased sense of smell, or lost their sense of smell. In the latter two cases, training in the sense of smell is recommended and at the end of the training period, a test is performed again to evaluate the treatment.
The essence of olfactory training is for the patient to smell basic, concentrated scents such as floral, spicy, or fruity scents twice a day for at least 12 weeks, while reminding them of their original feeling, according to Helga Kraxner, head of the ambulance. Preserving the sense of smell is also recommended, as the patient evaluates their sense of smell on a scale once a week, always at the same time.
In their experience, training in the sense of smell can dramatically improve the condition, or even restore it.
There have been positive experiences with the use of training for olfactory depression of other origins (traumatic, viral, of unknown origin), and the method appears to also be effective for olfactory depression caused by a new type of coronavirus.
The head of the outpatient clinic emphasized that in order to achieve a good result, it is important for patients to consult a doctor when they notice a complaint and start treatment as soon as possible. He added that in addition to training in the sense of smell, other treatments are used if needed, such as sprays containing a steroid or hyaluronic acid for topical treatment or nasal drops containing vitamin A.
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