At the Yale Sinus and Allergy Program, we treat a variety of smell and taste disorders. Smell and taste disorders are quite common in the general public, especially the loss of smell. Even if only smell is affected, patients may experience diminished taste because the smell of a food and its flavor are closely linked.
We understand that smell and taste disorders can interfere with quality of life because it inhibits the enjoyment of food and its palatability. In addition, diminished smell and taste can have a negative impact on overall health leading to reduced appetite, poor food choices, and malnutrition, especially in the elderly. Additionally, patients may eat rancid food because their smell or taste is not strong enough to sense that the food has gone bad. Further, people with smell disorders may not be aware when they are breathing in toxic, polluted, or smoke-filled air.