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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - The Nose Doesn't Always Know !


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5/30/2013
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You probably haven't ever though about it. In fact, it's probably something that you simply take for granted.

But, if you lost your sense of smell as a result of a mild traumatic brain injury you might be in for a rude awakening.

All of a sudden the safety of your family becomes an issue.

Why ?

Well, for starters you can't smell smoke. And this could come into play in a variety of forms.

If a fire were to start in your home, unless you had a smoke alarm, it might be well underway before it comes to your attention.

And when you're cooking dinner for your kids you'd better pay close attention. Because if a fire starts on the stove and you don't see it for awhile things could get out of hand quickly.

Food safety also becomes an issue when you lose your sense of smell due to a mild traumatic brain injury.

For example, the milk that you took out of the fridge for your kids has gone bad. And the ground beef you took out of the freeze and put on the counter a few days ago is rotting.  But you can't smell either of them.

Hygiene can also become an issue when you lose your sense of smell.

If you have kids, the old "sniff test" is often the best way to determine whether someone has taken a shower in the last few days. And the same holds true for pets. If you have a dog who sometimes makes a deposit in the corner of the living room, it might be days before it gets discovered if your nose isn't working right.

So, as you can see, losing your sense of smell as a result of a mild traumatic brain injury can impact your life and the lives of your family members on a variety of different fronts. And when add these up, they can impact your quality of life in a fairly significant fashion.

 



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