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Sense of Smell
People with HD can smell different scents, but their ability to correctly identify smells starts to go in the earliest phases. As a result, they can have poor hygiene when they don’t realize that they have a bad odor. It can also present a safety hazard if a gas leak isn’t noticed.
- Encourage or remind a loved one to bathe. They may not be aware that they don’t smell fresh.
- Establish a bathing schedule or routine to keep up good hygiene.
- Put a reminder sign on the stove to turn it off after using. A person with HD may not recognize the smell of gas.