Anosmia Awareness Day

27 Feb 2018  Tue

Every year we are coming across various diseases and virus throughout the world. Out of which few of them are curable and few are not. However, doctors are constantly inventing new drugs to cope with these new emerging viruses.

There are five sensory organs (eyes, ears, tongue, skin, and nose) in our body. They play a major role in adapting things from nature and also are an important factor in developing the body. If any of them is not working properly it will harm our daily activities.

Anosmia is the loss of the sense of smell. However, there are fewer visible and practical difficulties associated with olfactory disorders than with visual or auditory impairments.

27th February is observed as Anosmia Awareness Day. It aims to expose this situation, push for the development of successful treatments, and inform the general public about the serious impact that anosmia can have on a person's life.
Anosmia sufferers have been shown to be susceptible to dangerous situations such as gas leaks, fires, hazardous chemical vapours, and ingesting spoiled food. Additionally, people with smell loss can also experience difficulty with eating due to the close relationship between smell and taste. Studies also indicate that some individuals develop depression in response to feelings of social isolation, fears regarding safety and personal odour management, and a diminished connection to pleasure, emotion, and memory.

Various postage stamps have been issued on Doctors and drugs. Let’s remember one of the India doctors who is also known to serve in the foreign country. The featured stamp issued by India Post is having the face value of INR 1 depicting the Dr. D.Kotnis. He is one of the five Indian physicians dispatched to China to provide medical assistance during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938.

So let’s honour and respect our Doctors and spread the awareness regarding Anosmia.

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