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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Changed Sense of Taste

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced changed sense of taste. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Acute Kidney Injury

    Acute kidney injury is a sudden episode of damage or failure to the kidney. It is common in older adults as well as patients in hospital.

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause of kidney failure.

    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
  2. 2.Common Cold

    The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

    The common cold resolves within 7 to 10 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that never occur with common cold:
    being severely ill, severe muscle aches, rash, severe headache, sinus pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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.

    23.8% have moderate improvement with treatment. 49% see no improvement. 18.9% get worse over time. 3% of people will have it go away on its own.

    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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  4. 4.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.

    This is likely to last the duration of your treatment; however, symptoms can be managed with other medications.

    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
  5. 5.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.

    Weight loss and decreased appetite that are not caused by chemo- or radiation therapy but by the cancer itself, are more often seen in people with advanced or spread disease.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Symptoms that always occur with appetite changes due to cancer:
    decreased appetite or significant weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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.

    In many cases, symptoms resolve on their own at the end of treatment.

    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
  7. 7.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.

    You need to be seen by a dentist after initial treatment. Prognosis is good, though. If untreated, pain can last 10-40 days.

    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

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

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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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