Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Post 1 Anosmia

Anosmia is when you lose your sense to smell. Karl Wuensch lost his sense of smell which changed his like dramatically. This was a result of large polyps in his sinuses as well as severely swollen turbinates. Wuensch was unable to smell anything. Since he was unable to smell his food, he had no idea that it went bad and because 80% of flavor comes from smell, he could not taste that it went bad either. When asked what items he missed smelling he said, he did not expect to miss people as much as he did. Over 2 million Americans suffer from anosmia, just like in this video of Travis.

1 comment:

  1. Wuensch's story is very alarming especially since he suffered from nasal congestion and obstruction as a child but was not brought to the attention of any physician until 1970 at the age of 23. I loved his comment of how much he missed smelling people because if you don't understand his circumstance, the statement just seems odd but its a pure comment. We don't know how to appreciate the little things in life that once removed, change everything.