Is your smell disorder a result of a viral infection including Covid-19?
Do you live in the UK?
If you have answered yes to BOTH questions, you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia are launching a new project to see whether Vitamin A could help people regain their sense of smell after viral infections including Covid-19.
Smell loss is a common symptom of Covid-19, but even before COVID, many viruses had been causing smell loss and distortion and while most people naturally regain their sense of smell within a couple of weeks, many have been left with on-going smell disorders.
Previous research from Germany has shown the potential benefit of Vitamin-A, and the UEA team will explore how this treatment works to help repair tissues in the nose damaged by viruses.
They hope that the study, which has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), could one-day help improve the lives of millions around the world who suffer from smell loss, by returning their fifth sense.
To take part in this trial, patients need to be referred by to The Smell and Taste Clinic at the James Paget Hospital by their GP. Recruitment is expected to begin in December 2021.
The NIHR is the largest funder of research in the country, and is the research partner of the NHS and social care. To find out more about other NIHR research happening near you, visit www.bepartofresearch.uk.