I've suffered with nasal polyps now for 4 years and I cannot smell at all. I found this seemed to start when I quit smoking in fact I had 2 cigarettes on a night out about 2 years ago and then the next day, I could smell faintly. Recently, I've found something that helps, I'm taking dissolvable (low dose) aspirin altho my smell only returns for a few weeks before going again, I then stop taking the aspirin for a month and then re-take it, and again my smell will return for a few weeks. I've spoken to Doctors about this and they seem slightly confused regarding the aspirin, Any help would be appreciated as I would love my smell (and taste) back permanently. Doctors have advised me not to get the Polyps removed as they think they will come back again as they don’t know what allergy is causing them. I hope my information is of some help to you.
Ok Thanks Sherry,
Hi Sherry, Yeah your theory sounds very plausible. I have spoken to 2 doctors about this and they seem a bit confused by it. As I say, I agree with your theory about the aspirin. I do find it strange that after a few weeks, I can't smell again although a friend thinks that maybe my body builds up an immune system to the aspirin within this few weeks. I haven't tried Advil or Motrin which I'll definately look out for (is this available at the pharmacists or via doctor's prescription ?). I have tried a couple of nasal sprays over the years (Flixonase and Beconase) although I haven't had any luck with these.
Thanks a lot for your advice, much appreciated,
I'll ask about them in my pharmacist,
Thanks a million for your advice, it really is appreciated,
I'll keep you updated to any outcome,
Just to let you know, I've gotta go see my Doctor on Friday to see about the scratch test although I have been told there's nearly a 2 year waiting list to get it done. The receptionist did give me a bit of advise in the fact that she told me to try a chinese herbalist shop (which are popping up everywhere here in the UK at the moment) as they do their own allergy testing where they take a strand of hair and send it off for analysing, the cost of this is about £30 ($45) so I may consider this option to, I'll certainly lety you know whatever course of action I take,
Thanks Sherry, I suspected that to be honest. I haven't been happy with my Doctors surgery now for a few years and am considering going elswhere. Believe it or not but we have a Spanish Doctor in our surgery and when I originally told him that I couldn't smell, his fiorst question was "Well do you do cocaine ?" (Seriously). I'm really considering going elswhere.
Thanks a lot for your help Sherry, very appreciated.
Hi to kld, hope your feeling better soon, unfortunately, I'm not asthmatic myself so I don't really know much about it, you've certainly been in the wars lately. Good luck to you and take care,
Regards to y'all,