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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Metallic / Garlic Taste in the Mouth

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced metallic/garlic taste in the mouth. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.Acute Viral Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus spaces behind the nose and cheeks. These spaces produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen or if the mucus does not drain, this can block the sinuses and cause pain or infection.

    Symptoms should subside within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sinusitis symptoms, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that always occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Possible Pregnancy

    In women of reproductive age, symptoms including missed period, weight gain, and nausea are indicative of pregnancy.

    9 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, bloody vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding
    Symptoms that always occur with possible pregnancy:
    missed period
    Symptoms that never occur with possible pregnancy:
    painful urination, severe abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

    Acute bacterial sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become infected and, in turn, inflamed, which causes pain and other symptoms. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the face that are generally clean and empty but when they're sick collect excess mucus and can become infected. When your symptoms are persisting for 10 days or more or are getting worse over time, it's more likely that you'll have a bacterial infection as compared to a viral infection.

    7-15 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sinusitis symptoms, muscle aches
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    clear runny nose, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Arsenic Poisoning

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring and hazardous substance. Arsenic poisoning results in a syndrome of medical consequences due to arsenic exposure, either accidental, intentional or occupational.

    3-7 days

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), being severely ill, fatigue, nausea
    Symptoms that always occur with arsenic poisoning:
    vomiting or diarrhea, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.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
  8. 8.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Metallic / Garlic Taste in the Mouth

  • 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 have a sore throat?
  • Q.Do you have a runny nose?

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Metallic / Garlic Taste in the Mouth Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced metallic/garlic taste in the mouth have also experienced:

    • 6% Nausea
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced metallic/garlic taste in the mouth were most often matched with:

    • 75% Acute Kidney Injury
    • 12% Common Cold
    • 12% Acute Viral Sinusitis
  • 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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