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Bruce StewartMD, an otolaryngologist ear, nose, and throat specialist at Banner Health in Tucson, AZ, shared more insights with us about this condition.
When you eat or drink something, your taste buds pick up the chemical information in it and they send information to your brain. Any problems along this pathway can cause problems with your sense of taste. Your taste buds and your nerves have to be functioning properly, and your mouth and tongue need to be moist to transfer the taste chemicals to the taste buds.
Dysgeusia can affect your taste in different ways. It can lower or eliminate your ability to taste in the five taste : sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. It can alter the way you taste, so sweet foods might taste bitter, for example. The senses of taste and smell are closely linked, and most of the time when people complain about losing their taste the problem lies with their sense of smell. Stewart said. That could mean getting your dry mouth or infection under control or changing your medication.
Vitamins and zinc may also help in a small of people, Dr. Then, you can treat it and regain your enjoyment of food.
To find a Banner Health otolaryngologist who can help treat your taste problems, visit bannerhealth. By Stephanie ThurrottContributing Writer.
Apr 30, Teach Me. What happens when you lose your sense of taste? Some common causes of dysgeusia are: Medications that dry out your mouth or change your nerve function Diseases and conditions such as diabetes and low thyroid levelswhich alter nerve function Throat or tongue infections that coat the taste buds Viral infections, including COVID Aging Dysgeusia can affect your taste in different ways. Can you prevent dysgeusia? You can take some steps to protect your sense of taste: Control systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, which can keep them from affecting your sense of taste and can also help you avoid medications that can alter your sense of taste.
Avoid tobacco usesince it can impair your senses of taste and smell. Practice good dental hygiene, which can reduce inflammation and the growth of organisms which may cause a bad taste in your mouth. Stay well hydrated to keep your mouth moist. How can dysgeusia be treated? September 22, Think You Have a Penicillin Allergy? Maybe Not, According to an Expert. September 18, What is MRSA?
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