Mon Feb 27th

Anosmia Awareness Day

Anosmia Awareness Day, February 27th, brings attention to a condition that causes a loss of smell. Of all our senses, smell perhaps is taken for granted more than any other.

Anosmia can be attributed to several causes. The most common reasons are related to upper respiratory or sinus/nasal infections or diseases. We've all had a cold or allergy that's temporarily stopped us from smelling.

However, other conditions can cause permanent or long-term loss of the sense. Many anosmics do not get to enjoy the taste of foods, the scent of an infant, or even use their sense of smell as an early warning system for danger.

Our olfactory sense has a major influence on memories and emotions. The effect is fantastic when we lose this perspective. Anosmia Awareness Day is a way to learn more about the disease and where to go for assistance.

How to celebrate #anosmiaawarenessday

  • Learn more about anosmia by reading. We recommend Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Discovered My Way by Molly Birnbaum and Lars Lundqvist's A World Without Smells
  • Explore your world and the scents that accompany it. What would it be like without those odors? Warnings are sent by smoke, mold, and sweat. Other smells have positive effects in our lives What are they and how can losing them change your life?
  • Describe your experiences with the loss of smell in your stories
  • To learn more about anosmia and how to get medical attention, visit Many with anosmia are found throughout the country
  • To post on social media, use the hashtag #AnosmiaAwarenessDay

Anosmia awareness day is a commemoration of history

In 2012, Daniel Schein founded Anosmia Awareness Day in order to provide improved educational opportunities and assistance to those with olfactory problems.

Anosmia FAQ

Q. Is there any people born without the ability to smell?

Yes, but it is a very rare condition called congenital anosmia.

What are the five senses?

A. The five senses are: A. The five senses are: A. The five senses are:

  • smell
  • taste
  • hearing
  • sight
  • touch

Q. Do we lose our sense of smell as we age?

A. As we get older, our sense of smell may diminish. In fact, all our senses can be affected by aging. Our eyesight is getting worse. Foods are starting to taste bland. We turn up the television or radio because our hearing isn't what it used to be. We may become more sensitive to touch.

Relevant observances

  • Smell Day is a national holiday in the United States
  • National Fragrance Day is celebrated on National Fragrance Day