Zicam Side Effects
Anosmia is the technical term for the lack of smell. Some people can be anosmic for only one odor; this is named “specific anosmia.” The type of anosmia that Zicam has been reported as having however is the general manifestation, effecting victims broad olfactory sensations.
The common view of anosmia as insignificant can make it tougher for a patient to receive the same kinds of medical help as someone that has lost other senses, such as hearing or sight. In many cases anosmia has been known for causing feelings of depression. Loss of olfaction may lead to the loss of libido, decreased satisfaction with life, and even prove deadly in cases such as food poisoning, allergies, fires, or gas leaks where the sense of smell is vital.
A non-permanent loss of smell can be due to a blocked nose or infection. By contrast, an enduring loss of smell could be due to death of olfactory receptor neurons in the nose, or by brain injury in which there’s damage to the olfactory nerve. Another particular reason for permanent loss might be from damage to olfactory receptor neurons due to use of specific sorts of nasal spray, which is a proposed risk of Zicam nasal sprays and gel swabs.
In addition to the potential loss of smell, it has also been reported that in some cases Zicam can cause a loss in the sense of taste. This is also a serious effect that is reported less often, however the sense of smell is highly related with the sense of taste. If you or someone know has experienced a serious Zicam side effect such as the loss of smell or taste, a Zicam attorney can help guide you you determine your legal rights.