Category Archives: Smell and taste

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Taste of capsaicin

Fire in your mouth? Contrary to popular belief, the burning sensation you experience from a spicy chili pepper isn’t actually tasting “heat”. It’s a clever illusion perpetrated by a molecule called capsaicin. It belongs to a class of molecules called capsaicinoids which are the compounds found in members of the capsicum family (also known as […]

The sense of taste

Taste, how does it actually work? Taste is the way our brain perceives the stimuli from taste buds. Of course we all know the five flavors; sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. But how do you describe the taste of mint, for example? Of course, the five basic tastes do not give the full picture […]

Loss of smell in children

Loss of smell in children can lead to major consequences in eating patterns. As a parent, you therefore seek support and understanding with these problems. Especially when your child indicates that the food tastes terrible. For example, children may say that food tastes like sewage and that water tastes like rotten eggs. It is often […]

What is hyposmia?

Hyposmia is a medical term used to describe a reduced sense of smell, which means that a person is less sensitive to odors than normal. People with hyposmia can still perceive odors, but with less intensity than people with a normal sense of smell. It can range from mild to severe decreased sense of smell. […]

Do nose plugs help with parosmia?

We are occasionally asked whether it is also useful to use nose plugs in the case of parosmia. Parosmia is an olfactory disorder in which odors are perceived, but they are processed in a different way than normal. In many cases, normal and pleasant odors are experienced as dirty and unpleasant. This form of parosmia […]

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What is the olfactory threshold test?

An olfactory threshold test (or smell threshold test) is a smell test that examines the concentration up to which a subject can perceive an odor. The lower the concentration a person can perceive, the better a person’s sense of smell is. There are various olfactory threshold tests available, on this page we explain these tests […]

Dupilumab and smell loss

Several studies have been published on the use of the drug Dupilumab and its effect on chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). One of the symptoms of CRS is a decreased sense of smell (hyposmia) and in many cases a total loss of sense of smell (anosmia). What is Dupilumab and is this drug the solution for people […]