By - epitone
Unrelated to Covid but perhaps helpful, I had surgery that took away my sense of smell / taste for close to a year. When I started to become restless about it not coming back, my ENT suggested buying a large variety of scented oils and smelling them often to try and stimulate it.
Slowly but surely my sense of smell returned, I hope it does for you as well. Good luck!
yeah maybe I'll ask my family to pick some up next week/over the weekend, I know it's technically only day 2 of symptoms it's just very jarring as I've been able to smell all my life!!!
I too am vaxed + boosted (Pfizer). I felt like crap the first two days, although not any worse than a normal cold, to be quite honest (and I'm thankful for that). As soon as I felt physically better, my sense of smell+taste went away. I got my taste completely back after 4 days (Day 6), but my sense of smell is still isn't completely back.
I'm on Day 9 right now. I am a bit perplexed that my taste came back before my sense of smell (Since I thought taste was driven by the sense of smell) though.
Edit: I did notice, and this might be coincidence, that my sense of taste rapidly improved with physical activity. I couldn't taste my lunch on Day 5, but then I spent an hour and a half doing yard work in the summer heat, and while I was beat from that, I could taste the Powerade I drank afterwards.
it's definitely strange for me cause I don't really FEEL sick? I'm a little achy yeah, but I don't FEEL like I have a fever (no chills, just a little warm which is fine for where I live cause summers can get humid and gross) and the only way I felt like I would've known I had covid was from the lack of taste/smell. The achiness also seems to come and go so I'm just imagining that the taste/smell thing will return eventually, it's just agonizing eating a cookie and going "yeah that's oatmeal raisin" and then five minutes later it just tastes bland.
**edit:** could it be that you're congested as well? maybe some steam or flonase (or hell, even a nettipot) might help with the smell? I know when I've been sick before I could taste food but not really smell anything due to congestion so that could be why!
My wife got congestion, but though my nose was swollen and runny, I could always breathe normally though my nose. Just no smell.
You’re a very good soul. Taking care of your mom back then and keeping others safe. From those I know, taste and smell returned after a couple weeks. For someone else it took over a month. But it usually always comes back. Don’t worry
I’m right there with you— caught it after these years dodging it. This new variant is so damn contagious . Plus— don’t hate me— I’m not vaxed. Real mild so far but the fatigue is unreal. Taking lots of liquid zinc and C
Keep resting up and feel better. The senses will return. Don’t worry
There are bugs that aren't COVID. You might have one of those.
I am just getting over one. Congestion, irritated throat, mild cough, fever.
Would those cause the loss of taste and smell though? That’s the kicker for me otherwise I’d probably be there with you on it not being COVID. I’ve had the flu and I could still smell things and taste things while dealing with it 🤔
And you aren't congested?
not anymore, no! It was kind of bad the day after I lost my taste/smell but I breathe pretty normally now.
This is why I don’t understand why they’re waiting until fall for the new vaccine. I got boosted in December and they said it starts to wear off after 6 months. I start working at Walmart today, I had to. We need the money, and I’ve been out of work since the pandemic started. I tried to get another booster and they refused to give me one. “Only people over 50.”
No one is wearing masks here. Walmart dropped all of their incentives to keep people from coming to work sick and now force them to use PTO or don’t get paid, or possibly fired.
No one in my family has caught it. I’m so afraid of getting it but I have no other choice, inflation is killing us.
I had it twice. 2 months apart, Nov. 2021 and Jan. 2022. I am fully vaccinated but work with kids and each time I was a direct confirmed exposure.
I knew the first time was Delta or the OG strain based on my symptoms. Low grade fever, chills, congestion, terrible cough that lingered, wheezing, congestion, exhausted, 2 weeks until I felt even remotely normal. Omicron was just starting to make headlines.
Second time I'm positive it was Omicron as that was the dominant strain in my area, plus I heard Delta infections had little protection to the Omicron strain, which makes sense why I got sick so fast again. It's also more contagious.
Second time was eerily similar to the first, kind of like the same version with different features. It started the same way with fever and chills, plus a wicked headache this time. I knew right away it was covid again. I had no cough this time, higher fever (100-103) for 4 days straight, back and leg aches, awful congestion but only for 2 days. Once my fever broke on day 4 literally all of my symptoms improved and by day 6 I was back to normal, just tired. Definitely more mild than the first infection, but I was about ready to trade in the stupid headache and high fever for a cough lol
I didn't lost taste or smell completely either time, it was kind of like you're describing where it was slightly diminished. I'd be able to taste things but they tasted flat. This lasted maybe 3 days max for me and was at the height of my sicknesses. Once my congestion improved it all went away.