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Lorre Henderson, M.D.Lorre Henderson, M.D.Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Undersea, Diving and Hyperbaric MedicineSutter Solano Medical Center
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Lorre Henderson, M.D.Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Undersea, Diving and Hyperbaric MedicineSutter Solano Medical Center

Dr. Henderson's training includes: University of Houston College of Optometry, 1976, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 1981, Residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 1986 Otolaryngology Board certified 1989, Fellowship, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, 2001 – 2003, Undersea & Hyperbaric certified 2004. His peripheral interest: scuba diving and sailing.

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I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and have lost my sense of smell and taste. Prednisone has helped but I refuse to take it on an ongoing basis since I also have osteoporosis. I can't take NSAIDS with a hx gastric ulcer. Any suggestions?

Lorre Henderson, M.D. answered: The loss or diminishment of the senses of smell and/or taste are common with sinus infection problems.

Tissues inside the nose become swollen and secretions are increased both which alter airflow through the nose. Adequate air has to flow to the upper 'narrow' recesses of the nose to reach the nerves for detection of odors. Without air reaching this area one has little to no detection of odors. Smell and taste information is integrated together in the brain so lack of information about odors often diminishes our taste perception.

The solution is treatment of the underlying recurrent infection problem. Sometimes that may include surgical procedures that improve airflow inside the nose.

More Information:
- High Tech Help for Sinus Problems
- Sinusitis: Should I Have Surgery?
- Sinusitis: Should I Take Antibiotics?

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