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Hi. My Grandpa says he lost his sense of smell. He was working in industry (heavy metals) and he claims he lost his sense of smell because of that. Is that possible?

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Hi. How sense of smell really works is unknown. Anosmia, or loss of smell, can be caused by many things, such as meds, diseases, chemicals and hormonal disturbances. Sometimes, the damage may be permanent. Some people become less sensitive to smell due to their age. Some medical experts say smell sensitivity is inherited. Things that disrupt the sense of smell include chemicals. Industrial chemicals, including heavy metals, acids and pollutants, can disrupt your sense of smell. Hormonal disturbances, such as diabetes, Cushing`s syndrome and hypothyroidism can also be the cause of anosmia. Other things that can be the cause of anosmia include diseases of the nervous system, drugs (such as stimulants, depressants, etc), general diseases and trauma.
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