Physiotherapy helps COVID-19 patients regain their sense of smell

Doctors treating COVID-19 patients experiencing loss of smell have developed physical therapy to restore nasal function. 

Physiotherapy helps COVID-19 patients regain their sense of smell
People with COVID-19 can practice physical therapy to regain olfactory function. Illustration: Pixabay

According to RT television, people who have lost their sense of smell after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus are recommended to visit an otolaryngologist to find out the cause of the decline in olfactory function.

After ruling out seasonal allergies or other potential causes and identifying it as a post-COVID-19 symptom, interventions will be instituted.

"In the majority of cases, the loss of olfactory function is temporary, but that condition can take months or even years to recover," said researcher Tran Locke, who specializes in brain and neck surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. Baylor School of Medicine in Houston.

Patients who have lost their sense of smell may be prescribed steroid anti-inflammatory drugs or nasal washes. If that doesn't work, doctors will ask COVID-19 patients to do physical therapy.

During therapy sessions, patients are exposed to different stimulant scents, such as essential oils, common herbs or plants with a characteristic aroma, for a period of 20 seconds to rehearse the analysis. brain, retrieving forgotten memories of scents.

Patients must attend therapy twice a day for 4 to 6 months, focusing on restoring the olfactory system. “It takes patience. The more you practice, the better the results will be. I advise patients to find a quiet, undisturbed place where they can concentrate on their practice,” Dr. Locke said.

However, the researchers warn that the sense of smell may not return to pre-COVID-19 levels, and they encourage patients to remember more about the smell during exercise to adapt to life later. when cured.

It remains to be seen exactly how long COVID-19 leads to olfactory impairment and whether treatments need to be improved to meet the growing demand for people with impaired olfactory function. sense or not.

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