prof. Dr. Şahin Ulu explained what patients who have lost their smell due to coronavirus should do. Stating that the chemicals used to understand odor loss are likely to damage odor receptor cells, Ulu said that foods such as coffee beans, mint, cinnamon or fresh garlic are good options for understanding odor loss. prof. Dr. Şahin Ulu also stated that it is not objectionable to use non-food items such as baby powder or scented candles to understand the loss of smell.
“SINGLE SIDED HEARING LOSS CAN BE PERMANENT”
Making statements about the most common complaints concerning otolaryngologists during the coronavirus pandemic, Prof. Dr. Şahin Ulu said, “Generally, coronavirus positive patients who apply to the ENT outpatient clinic have sore throat, earache, nasal congestion, fever, weakness, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath, constant cough and headache. “Even 6 weeks after the diagnosis of coronavirus, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath can be observed,” he said.
BAU Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Lecturer Professor, who shared his views on the statement of experts in England that coronavirus can cause sudden and permanent hearing loss. Dr. Şahin Ulu, “Most of the research teams said that it is not known how the coronavirus can cause hearing loss, but there are some possible explanations for this. For example “The Sars-Cov-2 virus may cause cell death in the inner ear and/or may have caused the body to secrete cytokines (inflammatory) that may be toxic to the inner ear, so steroids may also be beneficial by reducing inflammation and cytokines,” Koumpa said. Sudden hearing loss benefits from early treatment. Therefore, unilateral hearing loss can become permanent if not treated immediately. This can disrupt a person’s quality of life,” he said.
Stating that the number of patients with sudden hearing loss continues to increase recently, Prof. Dr. Ulu said, “In studies, patients generally developed sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by inflammation and damage to the inner ear or the nerve responsible for sound. Partial success can be achieved with steroid-containing drugs in the treatment of this problem.
“WEARING A MASK FOR A LONG TIME CAN CAUSE CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE BLOOD”
Making statements on the continuation of the mask requirement in the open air, Prof. Dr. Şahin Ulu said, “Although it is stated that breathing in high levels of carbon dioxide due to the mask can carry life risks, there is no definite finding that using a mask increases carbon dioxide respiration. Very rarely, wearing a mask for a long time can cause hypercapnea (excess carbon dioxide in the blood). Carbon dioxide poisoning; It can cause problems such as dizziness, headache, shortness of breath. If someone already has breathing problems (Asthma, COPD, allergies, etc.), wearing a mask can make that person worse.