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10 senses of smell-can you smell them all?

We all have been taught and know the five senses of taste, but did you know that smell has been classified into 10 different categories? Recently, 10 different odor qualities have been identified, including: fragrant, woody/resinous, fruity (non-citrus), chemical, minty/peppermint, sweet, popcorn, lemon, pungent and decayed. Can you smell them all?  Smell fibers enter the nose up between the eyes, and often times sinus inflammation can inhibit these smell fibers. If your sense of smell seems lacking, an office visit with one of our providers may be warranted. – Alysa Blum, PA-C

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