COVID-19: “Chocolate tastes like propane”

COVID-19: & laquo; Chocolate goes propane & raquo;

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Almost all food tastes and smells like garbage for this 31-year-old Montrealer who still hasn't returned to normal life a year after contracting COVID-19. & nbsp;

Edith Perrault has the impression of eating plexiglass when she puts iceberg lettuce in her mouth. The Montreal lawyer also associates the taste of fruits and vegetables with compost. & Nbsp;

“For me, chocolate or nuts taste like propane. Not just that, the smell of my room, the water running in the sink, everything smells bad. Everything is turned upside down and it was very exhausting at first, “Ms. Perrault told Journal . & Nbsp;

The phenomenon she has is parosmia. This is an olfactory perception that no longer corresponds to known smells. From 1% to 5% of people who have had COVID for a long time would suffer from it. & Nbsp;

The young woman contracted COVID-19 on December 25, 2020. She had received a gift of spices for Christmas, which she could not smell. She then lived for six months with the complete loss of smell.

The taste returns, but …

But the worst was to come. & nbsp;

“It was July 3rd. I ate a hot dog with basil leaves. I tasted it, but it was really, really weird. The next day, I smelled things for the first time in six months, but everything smelled like garbage juice, ”says Edith Perrault with disgust. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

She claims to have initially lost a lot of weight with this new condition, going from 120 to 100 pounds in less than two weeks. & Nbsp;

The young woman says she had difficulty finding weight. helps to adapt to parosmia since some health professionals believed she was suffering from anorexia or depression.

Potatoes and Salted Cheese

< p>“I also took a long time to find nourishing foods that didn't disgust me. The only things I eat, but which are not good or bad, are the potatoes and the very salty cheese ”, she mentions. & Nbsp;

Édith Perrault indicates that her biggest fear is above all of not being able to return to a so-called “normal” life and to live with COVID long for the rest of his life. & nbsp;

“We talk very little about it in our media, at home, but there are several of us around the world who have parosmia. If there are people who have not yet been vaccinated, especially young people, I am proof that we are perhaps not going to die from it, but you can lose two of your senses out of five “, breaths the young woman./p>

“I also feel a little dead inside”, she drops. & nbsp;

The thirty-something clings, despite everything. She is now participating in a study by the CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec on olfactory training in people with the same condition as her.

In all, around 100 patients with a “smell disorder” for at least two months after contracting COVID-19 are participating.

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