Anosmia in Flagstaff, AZ

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What Is Anosmia?

Strolling in a field of lavender, walking through a kitchen with chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, or sitting in a brand-new car with leather seats all provoke some favorite smells that many find invigorating. Whether a scent is fragrant, fresh, fetid, or acrid, the sense of smell is one of the five senses that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Anosmia is the complete loss of smell, and in some cases, taste as well. Caused by nasal congestion from a cold, allergies, sinus infections, or poor air quality, anosmia could develop from something more serious, such as nasal polyps, COVID-19, head or nose injuries, certain medications, toxic chemical exposure, radiation treatment for head and neck cancers, substance abuse, or old age. If the sense of smell does not improve after a bout of allergies or a cold, seek help at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery. Our team will administer comprehensive in-house tests to determine the cause of your anosmia and customize a treatment plan to manage the condition. Reach out to our Flagstaff, AZ office for more information.

How Is Anosmia Treated?

Anosmia treatment depends on the cause of the condition. If anosmia is brought on by nasal congestion from a cold or allergy, our team at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery may recommend the short-term use of over-the-counter decongestants. If the condition is caused by an infection, antibiotics may be the better remedy. For patients who may have nasal polyps, our team may propose surgery to remove obstructions and reclaim your sense of smell. If we suspect a medication may be affecting the senses, we may explore other treatment options, including sinus surgery with SINUVA®. SINUVA is an FDA-approved stent that shrinks nasal polyps, expands the ethmoid sinus, and improves the sense of smell, delivering anti-inflammatory medication for 90 days until removed by a physician.

Sometimes anosmia is not treatable and becomes permanent so we recommend food safety and fire detectors and smoke alarms be installed when your nose is unable to be environmentally aware.

Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery turns to Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson MedTech for innovative surgical technologies, instruments, and products to help treat some of the most challenging ear, nose, and throat conditions. Our practitioners utilize TruDi® Navigation-First ENT technology by Acclarent®, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. Powered by artificial intelligence, TruDi Navigation uses advanced software-guided navigation to provide real-time 3D guidance, anatomical mapping, and other surgical insights to help ENT surgeons as they perform a variety of ENT treatments.

I am very pleased to be a patient in Dr. Fratianni’s practice. My chronic ear/nasal issues were negatively affecting my quality of life and I needed expert advice. Dr. Fratianni took the time to advise me on my test results. She incorporated my results into a comprehensive medical plan, one that supports better health and wellness. Dr. Fratianni has given me the confidence to become my own advocate/ partner in my health care — for this I am thankful. Now, my quality of life has improved and I can enjoy my active lifestyle again. Thank you Crystal Canyon ENT

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Went for hearing loss,1 ear. CCENT  made an appintment for next day, took me on time, measured hearing in a sound-proof room, cleaned my ears, found an infection in the ear & nose, wrote a prescription & protocol, all in 30min, no rush, just no wasted time. Hearing’s now better than ever. Thanks!

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I started my journey with Crystal Canyon in 2022. Tey are very informative and surgery was scheduled quickly. Well the day came for surgery and found out I had COVID. Surgery was cancelled. I got rescheduled for May of 2023, (this was due to my schedule not Crystal Canyons). When surgery came it went very well, I could not be happier. The results and outcome are life changing. Communication with the office is good. Doctor is attentive and takes time to explain things when you have questions. I definitely recommend and have recommended Crystal Canyon to other friends.

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A truly great practice! Everyone there is super knowledgeable and seems to genuinely care about everyone they interact with - both in person and over the phone. I have had surgery through this clinic and have always had exceptional care.

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Doctors are very knowledgeable. Great staff. Dr Fratianni is great.

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Manage Your Condition

If the loss of smell is affecting your everyday life, you may want to schedule a visit at Crystal Canyon ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery to meet with our board-certified practitioners to determine the cause of your anosmia and learn how to manage the condition. Our expert team can suggest specific medications to help reduce symptoms or surgery to address a more serious cause, as well as discuss different environmental factors that may have led to the condition. For more information, schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our specialists at our Flagstaff, AZ office today.

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