Advice for patients with new-onset anosmia during COVID-19 pandemic

An increasing number of patients is struggling with the new-onset loss of smell during COVID-19 pandemic.


Please read the ENT-UK statement by Prof. Claire Hopkins on this topic:


The statement explains also the management options which include smell training and use of alpha-lipoic acid, omega3 supplements, and using Vitamin A drops in the nose. None of these has been trialled in COVID-19 infection and so advice may change and be updated.


Link to smell training video:

Smell training Coronavirus


I enclose practical information on where

to obtain the supplements (examples):

Alpha Lipoic Acid 300mg


Omega3 supplements


Vitamin A-drops, 2500 IU (use 4 drops per side to achieve total 10000IU)

We recommend applying Vitamin A-drops in Kaiteki position. Click here to open the link. 


Please see these websites for updates on the loss of smell related to COVID-19:


Yours sincerely,


Pavol Surda

Consultant ENT & Rhinology Surgeon

27 Tooley Street, London SE1 2PR

T +44 (0) 20 3103 0066

M +44 (0) 7539 998 211