A patient recently thanked me for getting his smell back, but he noticed a surprising side effect. He said, "Now, I can smell myself!"
I performed endoscopic sinus surgery for him for his severe, refractory chronic sinus infections. He could not breathe through his nose. He had severe sinus pressure. And his smell was so blunted he could not smell food, air fresheners, or, apparently, even his own body odor.
He said his smell has become "very acute" after surgery. He reported being able to smell things his friends could not, including remnant smells in a room, such as food and previously lit scented candles. One thing his friends probably could smell that he couldn't before surgery, however, was his own body odor! He now knows when to use more deodorant.
I am happy that we were able improve the smelling function for this patient, as well as the smells around the patient for everyone else!
Thomas S. Higgins, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H.
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