What could be the cause of loss of smell and taste at age 78?

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I cannot smell or taste food. I am 78 and this has been going on for the past two years.

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I agree that talking to your doctor or perhaps your pharmacist would be a good idea.
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CarolRBailey, by chance are you using a whitening toothpaste or whitening mouthwash?

Why I asked was many years ago I had lost my sense of taste, and that started to freak me out as to why that was happening.

I traced back to when I was first noticing the lack of taste and it was a couple of weeks after I started using a whitening toothpaste. I stopped using that toothpaste immediately and after a couple of weeks my taste buds were working once again... whew.
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Are you taking Amiodarone?
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Dear Carol,

I found this possible answer:


Although you can't reverse age-related loss of taste and smell, some causes of impaired taste and smell are treatable. For example, your doctor might adjust your medications if they're contributing to the problem. Many nasal and sinus conditions and dental problems can be treated as well.Nov 11, 2014




Loss of taste and smell: Natural with aging? - Mayo Clinic



www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/.../loss-of-taste...smell/faq-2005845
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