Do not use Zicam nasal gel for sinus problems and colds – it injures the Olfactory nerve
After about a day, I realized I couldn't taste anything and I thought, "Wow - I must really have a bad cold." Then I noticed that I couldn't smell coffee brewing, couldn't smell my perfume when I put it on, couldn't smell the popcorn I burned, couldn't smell my favorite candle. I panicked and starting smelling everything that I could find that had really strong odors - ammonia, finger nail polish remover, bleach, etc. I couldn't smell ANYTHING! I started tasting everything that had really strong tastes such as HOT salsa, raw red onions, Doritos, coffee. I couldn't taste ANYTHING!
I went online, typed in "Zicam side effects" and up popped all sorts of web sites with people reporting the same thing I experienced. It seems that this past June, Zicam pulled the swabs for adults and children off the shelf but not the nasal gel.
My doctor said the Zicam had basically "FRIED" my Olfactory nerve and the results are most likely permanent. He said he had read about the side effects of Zicam and couldn't believe it is still on the shelf. It isn't FDA approved.”
Check it out on the link below.
Matrixx issued an update in January 2007 in which it reasserted the safety of its Zicam products. The company, Matrixx continues to believe that Zicam Cold Remedy intranasal gel does not cause loss of smell and that claims to the contrary are scientifically unfounded and misleading.
Because Zicam is labeled as a homeopathic remedy and is based on a naturally occurring mineral (zinc) that is generally recognized as safe, the product has not been regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA. Medical reports going as far back as 1938 have noted that high doses of zinc can harm the tissues involved in smelling, but whether Zicam users experience a higher-than-normal incidence of anosmia remains a subject of debate.
There are safe remedies for sinus problems such as Thera-zyme Nsl for a stuffy nose, Citricidal Nasal Spray as well as the inexpensive Neti Pot. I recommend Thera-zyme Opt for a runny nose. Both Opt and Nsl are food-based vitamin C formulas with enzymes and are available online.