Parkinson’s disease – hidden symptom of Parkinson's in your nose you must watch out for

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Parkinson’s disease – hidden symptom of Parkinson's in your nose you must watch out for

Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain.

These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system.

Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop gradually, and only appear as mild at first.

One of the more common warning signs of Parkinson’s is struggling to differentiate between certain smells.

READ MORE: Parkinson’s disease symptoms – the sign in your voice

“Loss of sense of smell is a common but little-noticed symptom that may occur years before motor symptoms or a Parkinson’s diagnosis,” said the charity.

“Most people do not connect losing their sense of smell to a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

“After developing motor symptoms and talking to a doctor, however, they may recall that years or even decades earlier they had lost the ability to smell.

“This condition is called hyposmia and can impact quality of life — affecting taste and, in some cases, leading to weight loss.”

If you notice that you’ve lost your sense of smell, you should self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis.

Hyposmia has recently been confirmed as a symptom of COVID-19 in the UK.

But, the symptom could also be caused by a cold, hay fever, or even growths in your nose.

Your sense of smell is likely to go back to normal within a few weeks or months, added the NHS.

Other common signs of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, slow movement, and muscle stiffness.

The muscle stiffness makes facial expressions more difficult, said the charity.

Tremors usually start in the hand or the arm, and are more likely to occur when the arm is relaxed.

There are about 127,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease – the equivalent to about one in 500 people.


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