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Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction

Mythri G, Prashanth Kumar M, Pooja S, Anil Kumar H.

Abstract
Background: Chemosensory disturbances such as altered smell and taste sensations have a strong impact on health and quality of life. The lack of awareness of these chemosensory symptoms post-coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 vaccination has led to apprehension. When adequately addressed, it can encourage people to take vaccines which are a life-saving tool in this pandemic.

Aims and Objectives: This study aims to assess the prevalence and duration of altered smell and taste post-COVID-19 vaccination.

Materials and Methods: The survey was conducted during January–August 2021. The Institutional Ethical Committee clearance was obtained. Data was collected from 242 COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries majority of them being health care workers by online and offline survey questionnaires. Descriptive analysis was done using SPSS 21.

Results: Out of 250 respondents, 242 completed the study. About 95% of them received CoviShield, 3.8% Covaxin, and 1.3% Pfizer. Perception of altered smell (olfactory dysfunction), taste (gustatory dysfunction), and both smell and taste was reported by 5.8%, 8.27%, and 2.61% of study participants. The mean duration was 3.43 ± 2.03 and 4 ± 1.64 days for altered smell and taste, respectively, with complete recovery.

Conclusion: Chemosensory disturbances were reported in a small percentage of vaccine beneficiaries and all of them recovered within a few days completely without any medications. Vaccines are a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19 and we should emphasize on its health and lifesaving benefits and reassure those chemosensory disturbances have complete recovery.

Key words: Anosmia; COVID-19 vaccination; Dysgeusia; Gustatory dysfunction; Olfactory dysfunction


 
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G M, M PK, S P, H AK. Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2022; 12(3): 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021


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G M, M PK, S P, H AK. Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2022; 12(3): 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



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G M, M PK, S P, H AK. Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2022), [cited May 02, 2022]; 12(3): 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



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G, M., M, . P. K., S, . P. & H, . A. K. (2022) Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 12 (3), 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



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G, Mythri, Prashanth Kumar M, Pooja S, and Anil Kumar H. 2022. Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 12 (3), 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



Chicago Style

G, Mythri, Prashanth Kumar M, Pooja S, and Anil Kumar H. "Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 12 (2022), 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

G, Mythri, Prashanth Kumar M, Pooja S, and Anil Kumar H. "Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 12.3 (2022), 296-300. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

G, M., M, . P. K., S, . P. & H, . A. K. (2022) Coronavirus disease-19 vaccination and chemosensory dysfunction. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 12 (3), 296-300. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08283202104092021