Loss of Smell (Anosmia)

Many underlying factors can cause smell loss, including neurological and nasal diseases. You'll receive the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment at Rush.

Many underlying factors can cause smell loss, including neurological and nasal diseases. You'll receive the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment at Rush.

Many underlying factors can cause smell loss, including neurological and nasal diseases. You'll receive the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment at Rush.

If you're experiencing an altered sense of smell, you will receive clinical evaluation, treatment and counseling. We thoroughly evaluate your case to address any underlying medical conditions that could be causing smell loss.

As part of an academic health system, we are committed to advancing the research and treatments of smell disorders — partnering with Rush’s world-renowned experts in all interrelated fields to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment.

Loss of Smell: What You Should Know

  • Treating smell loss is often successful, and the underlying conditions causing the problem are simultaneously addressed. There are many causes of smell disorders, including nasal and sinus disease (cold, flu, viral illnesses, sinus infections, allergies) or Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Smell Loss Care Providers at Rush

Rush specialists treat smell loss in downtown Chicago.

Meet our smell loss care providers
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Rush Excellence in Anosmia Care

  • Compassionate and confident care: We know well the toll smell dysfunction can take on one’s daily life — and we are determined to provide relief. Through education and novel technology, we help patients gain a greater quality of life, combating conditions that lead to smell loss.
  • Innovative treatment: As an academic health system, Rush is a leader in the latest research, clinical trials and treatments in smell loss. Some of treatment strategies may include medical therapy, surgery, smell retraining, counseling or quitting smoking.
  • Multi-disciplinary expertise: Since all senses are so closely interconnected, Rush’s Smell Program is an integrated part of the Rush Sinus, Allergy and Asthma Center. And since many underlying causes of smell loss are tied to other health conditions, such as neurological diseases, experts in these correlated fields play a role in effectively diagnosing and treating smell loss in patients.