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Care and Treatment for Smell & Taste Disorders

Why Choose Treatment for Smell & Taste Disorders at University of Colorado Hospital?

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University of Colorado Hospital's otolaryngology clinic provides the most up-to-date, sophisticated, and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of nasal and sinus disorders available in the Rocky Mountain region.

What are Smell & Taste Disorders?

The olfactory nerves in our bodies react to and are stimulated by odors, while the gustatory cells react to food or drink mixed with saliva.

Smell and taste disorders disrupt the chemical sensing system in the body and prevent these nerves from transmitting signals to the brain as they should.

These disruptions can be caused by:

  • Nasal polyps (small masses in the nose)
  • Tobacco use
  • Radiation therapy for patients with head or neck cancers
  • Laryngectomy (a procedure to remove the larynx, or voice box)

Medication can sometimes help improve the sense of taste and smell, as can surgery to remove nasal polyps.

Patient Education

Getting a Second Opinion About Smell and Taste Disorders

The physicians and staff of the Ear, Nose and Throat team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community who experience changes in their perceptions of smell or taste.


Additional Smell and Taste Disorders Resources

American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery