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Normally smell and taste disappear suddenly and then they become distorted and people develop parosmia and phantosmia during recovery.

Smell and taste disorders charity Fifth Sense explained: “Parosmia is the medical term for experiencing distortions of the sense of smell.

“Someone with parosmia may be able to detect odours, but the smell of certain things – or sometimes everything – is different and often unpleasant.

“These unpleasant smells are often described as being like chemicals, burning, faeces, rotting flesh or mould.

“For some people, they appear in response to specific odours and for others, they can be triggered by virtually any smell.

“Parosmia can range from mild to severe and can be an incredibly debilitating and depressing experience for sufferers.

“We’ve heard from people who have said that their experience of parosmia was far worse than their initial loss of smell.”

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