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Changed Sense of Taste Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your changed sense of taste symptoms, including 7 causes and common questions.

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7 Possible Changed Sense Of Taste Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced changed sense of taste. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury, also called acute renal failure or acute kidney failure, does not necessarily refer to a physical injury. It means that the kidneys have been severely damaged and are suddenly no longer able to filter wastes from the blood.

Anything that interferes with blood flow to the kidneys, or to the urine draining from them, will injure the kidneys. This includes: blood loss; clots; heart disease; high blood pressure; diabetes; infection; dehydration; lupus; toxins; and any number of medications.

An older person who is hospitalized, and/or critically ill, is most susceptible.

Symptoms include decreased urine output; swollen ankles; shortness of breath; nausea; chest pain; and sometimes seizures or coma.

Acute kidney injury is a medical emergency. Left untreated, it can result in permanent kidney damage or death. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through urine tests, blood tests, ultrasound or CT scan of the kidneys, and sometimes kidney biopsy.

Treatment involves hospitalization to treat the underlying cause of the kidney injury, and may include dialysis.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, urinary changes, shortness of breath, fatigue

Symptoms that always occur with acute kidney injury: urinary changes

Symptoms that never occur with acute kidney injury: vaginal bleeding

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Common cold

The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, which includes the nose, mouth, sinuses, throat, and larynx. There are over 200 viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections, and usually the exact virus behind a cold is never known.

The common cold is, of course, very common...

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic pain syndrome defined as having a burning pain or sensation in your mouth without a cause that can be found. It happens way more often in women (7 times more likely), typically during times of hormonal changes (just before or during menopause). While no one has identified the cause, it could have to do with the makeup of saliva, damage from dentures, tics or teeth grinding, infections, and even autoimmune diseases.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dry mouth, changed sense of taste, tongue pain, burning sensation in the mouth, moderate mouth pain

Symptoms that always occur with burning mouth syndrome: burning sensation in the mouth, tongue pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Side-effect(s) of chemotherapy

Unfortunately, chemotherapy has many side-effects, ranging from hair loss to fatigue to nausea. This occurs because the treatment affects not only diseased cells but also healthy cells.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, loss of appetite, arthralgias or myalgias, dizziness, sore throat

Symptoms that never occur with side-effect(s) of chemotherapy: headache resulting from a head injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Appetite changes due to cancer

Many people who suffer from cancer experience changes in their appetite and their weight. This can be a side-effect of treatment (like chemotherapy or radiation), but it can also be because of the cancer itself. Having cancer, can change the body's metabolism - the process in which your body digests and breaks down sources of energy. As a result, your appetite can decrease and/or you can lose weight.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms:

Symptoms that always occur with appetite changes due to cancer: decreased appetite or significant weight loss

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Side-effect(s) of radiation therapy to the head and neck

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer and more than half of cancer patients will undergo a form of this treatment. The radiation attacks cell DNA in order to prevent the cells from growing more and kills them.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: sore throat, hoarse voice, dry mouth, mouth pain, changed sense of taste

Symptoms that always occur with side-effect(s) of radiation therapy to the head and neck: current radiation therapy to the head or neck

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Dry socket (postextraction alveolar osteitis)

Dry socket (or postextraction alveolar osteitis) is a common cause of severe pain after a dental extraction (tooth pull). It's known to be related to how the extraction was done, menstrual cycle, tobacco smoking, age, sex, and whether you have had an extraction before.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: constant mouth pain, chronically bad breath, changed sense of taste, severe mouth pain, mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure

Symptoms that always occur with dry socket (postextraction alveolar osteitis): mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure, constant mouth pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Changed Sense Of Taste

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have an odd metallic or garlic taste in your mouth?
  • Do you have a rash?
  • Are you experiencing a headache?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Changed Sense Of Taste Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced changed sense of taste have also experienced:

  • 5% Fatigue
  • 3% Nausea
  • 3% Loss Of Smell

People who have experienced changed sense of taste were most often matched with:

  • 60% Acute Kidney Injury
  • 30% Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • 10% Common Cold

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.