A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "Since beginning Dialysis, I have lost much of my sense of smell. Things do not smell the same as they used to and it is causing foods not to taste the same. Is this common? What can I do about it?"
As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize, a common side effect of Kidney Failure is a loss of the sense of smell, which could lead to malnutrition, poor quality of life, bad health outcomes, and even early death. The good news is that a simple Asthma Drug has been found to correct this complication.
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A study published in the American Society of Nephrology found that using an inhaled asthma drug may improve the sense of smell in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients.
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Study co-leader Dr. Sagar Nigwekar (Harvard Medical School) said, "Our ultimate goal is to have an intervention that can alleviate smell loss, and thus to improve the kidney patients' nutritional status." It would appear that Dr. Nigwekar's goal was achieved as his study found that six weeks' use of an asthma drug, called Intranasal Theophylline (Theolair), improved the ability to smell in five of seven patients with Kidney Failure.
While the Harvard University study is looking to verify findings by increasing the sample group, you may consider discussing the use of Intranasal Theophylline (Theolair) with your Healthcare Team in order to determine if they have any insights to help you regain your sense of smell. Print and share this article.
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