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Your Changed Sense of Taste May Also be Known as:
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Top 3 Changed Sense of Taste Causes

  1. 1.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.

    You should go to your primary care doctor in the next few weeks. There, the doctor will rule out other causes of your pain. If it is indeed burning mouth syndrome, there are a few medications you can take. However, treatment is often not successful.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry mouth, changed sense of taste, moderate mouth pain, tongue pain, burning sensation in the mouth
    Symptoms that always occur with burning mouth syndrome:
    burning sensation in the mouth, tongue pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.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.

    You should speak with your care team about these symptom(s).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, hoarse voice, dry mouth, changed sense of taste, mouth pain
    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
  3. 3.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 should immediately go to a dentist for treatment, preferably the one that did the extraction. However, if that's not possible, you can go to the ER where treatment involves a nerve block (injection to numb the nerve causing the pain), washing the socket with saline, packing it, and prescribing antibiotics (to fight infection), Vitamin C (which might help), and ibuprofen for pain relief. You need to be seen by a dentist no matter what, within the next 24 hours.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    chronically bad breath, constant mouth pain, mouth pain at the site of a dental procedure, changed sense of taste, severe mouth pain
    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.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Changed Sense of Taste Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 4% Loss of Smell
    • 3% Headache
  • 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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