COVID-Related Loss of Smell: Could This Injection Be a Cure?

October 16th, 2022
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While COVID-19 cases have decreased in recent months, there are still potentially millions of people suffering from long COVID—the prolonged symptoms which can persist for months or even years after a COVID-19 infection. These symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, sleep disorders, fever, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, depression, and “brain fog”, as per the National Institutes of Health. Another common symptom is COVID smell loss. Fortunately, recent research and clinical practices in the U.S. have identified a potential solution to this debilitating condition.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, stellate ganglion block (SGB) is an injection of medication into the stellate ganglion, a part of the sympathetic nervous system that is located in the neck on either side of the voice box. An SGB into these nerves can help reduce pain in the neck, head, upper chest, and upper arms, and can also enhance circulation and blood supply to the arm. SGB is already used to treat several conditions, but now researchers and medical professionals are looking at whether the injection can possibly treat COVID-related loss of smell as well.

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