Sunday, May 15, 2011

Taste - impaired: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Just for curiosity...

Taste - impaired: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Common causes to impaired or metallic taste in the mouth

  • Aging (the number of taste buds decrease with age)
  • Bell's palsy
  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Gingivitis
  • Heavy smoking (especially pipe smoking)
  • Injury to the mouth, nose, or head
  • Mouth dryness
  • Nasal infection, nasal polyps, sinusitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Salivary gland infections
  • Side effects of medicines, including antithyroid drugs, ACEI, griseofulvin, lithium, penicillamine, procarbazine, rifampin, vinblastine, and vincristine (others like metformin and metronidazole are also found to cause metallic taste)
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Strep throat
  • Vitamin B-12 or zinc deficiency
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