Taste Disorder

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  • Metallic taste in mouth (change in taste)

  • Strange metallic taste

  • Lost the sense of taste

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Abnormalities in sense of taste can be a change in taste, for example, salty items may taste sour instead. It can also be a partial or complete loss of sense of taste

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Problems with taste

Possible causes

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Dissociative disorder
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Graves' disease
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you felt your sense of taste has changed recently?

  • Do you have whitish, curd-like substances on the tongue or surfaces of the mouth?

  • Do you have dry mouth?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

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