Taste Disorder
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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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About the Symptom

Abnormalities in the sense of taste can be a change in taste (dysgeusia) for example, salty items may taste sour instead. It can also be a partial or complete loss of sense of taste. Not to be confused with loss of sense of smell that can also alter taste. The taste sense is limited to sour, salty, sweet, and bitter.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Problems with taste

Possible Causes

Generally, Taste disorder can be related to:

  • Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness, also known as nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is a common condition. It can occur throughout the day despite its name. For most women, it can start from before 9 weeks in pregnancy and typically resolves at the end of the first trimester (14 weeks). For some women, it can continue further and in few cases persist throughout the pregnancy.

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by pain affecting the trigeminal nerve (carries sensation from the face to the brain). Even mild stimulation of your face, like brushing teeth or combing hair, might trigger it. Causes include contact between a blood vessel and the trigeminal nerve, which puts pressure on the nerve, nerve compression by a brain tumor, stroke, or trauma.

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia is a lack of vitamin B12 that leads to insufficient healthy red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is necessary for producing red blood cells, which transport oxygen in the body. It can result from inadequate B12 in the diet or an inability to absorb B12 in the small intestine, also known as pernicious anemia.

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Sjogren Syndrome
  • Graves' Disease
  • Sinusitis

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Taste disorder may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Bell's Palsy

    Characterized by sudden weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles, Bell's palsy is usually temporary and occurs on one side of the face. The exact cause is unknown but is believed to be due to swelling and inflammation of the nerve controlling the facial muscles or viral infection. Anyone can be affected by this condition, but pregnant women, those with lung infections, and those with a family history of the condition are at higher risk.

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  • Has your sense of taste changed recently?

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References

  • Dysgeusia - Cleveland Clinic

    https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22047-dysgeusia

  • Jafari A, Alaee A, Ghods K. The etiologies and considerations of dysgeusia: A review of literature. J Oral Biosci. 2021 Dec;63(4):319-326. doi: 10.1016/j.job.2021.08.006. Epub 2021 Sep 3. PMID: 34487857.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34487857/

Reviewed By:

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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