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Living without smell impacts our emotions, relationships and physical health and it affects about 1 in 20 people according to new research.

Five years ago, Chloe Donovan was at work when she fainted, falling backwards onto concrete.

Donovan is among the estimated one in 20 people who live without smell as a result of injury, infection, certain medications, age or medical conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or hormonal disturbances. Until now there has been little research into the range of emotional and practical impacts of anosmia, as lack of smell is known. Philpott explains “it is overlooked because it’s the invisible sense and because there are no aids for when it’s gone”.

Donovan says she once “nearly set my kitchen on fire” when she accidentally turned the toaster on while putting groceries down on the kitchen counter. Participants expressed distress that they struggled to bond with their partners or babies because they could not detect their scent. “I feel I live in a world behind glass, because I cannot smell and taste anything and feel depressed and sad much like being bereaved,” one of the 71 participants revealed.

 

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