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Metallic taste Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Metallic taste. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the metallic taste in the mouth?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. How would you explain the taste in the mouth?

    Why: is it truly metallic or would it be more accurately described as sour, bitter or foul.

  3. When do you notice the taste the most?

    Why: e.g. stooping, bending, laying flat - may suggest gastro-esophageal reflux as cause.

  4. Do any foods or fluids aggravate the metallic taste

    Why: e.g. caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, fatty meals? - may indicate gastro-esophageal reflux or gastritis as cause.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: of sinusitis , heartburn, hiatus hernia, reflux esophagitis, liver disease.

  6. Do you smoke cigarettes

    Why: smoking increases the risk of reflux and sinusitis.

  7. What medication do you take?

    Why: Certain medications can aggravate reflux symptoms.

  8. Sexual history?

    Why: To establish risk of hepatitis/jaundice.

  9. History of intravenous drug use?

    Why: To establish risk of hepatitis/jaundice.

  10. Recent history of tuna, mackerel or skipjack fish consumption?

    Why: may indicate scombrotoxic fish poisoning which can cause a metallic taste in the mouth. Such fish contain a high degree of histadine which is converted to histamine by bacteria if the fish is not fresh.

  11. Possible exposure to high lead levels?

    Why: e.g. scrap metal workers, smelting workers, children ingesting old lead based paint around the home. Lead poisoning may cause a metallic taste in the mouth.

  12. Possible exposure to mercury vapor?

    Why: e.g. occupational exposure is rare today.

  13. Heartburn? (see heartburn)
  14. Waterbrash

    Why: (i.e. excess secretion of saliva into the mouth occurring in some patients with peptic ulcers or esophagitis)?

  15. Abdominal pain (see abdominal pain)?
  16. Nausea or vomiting (see nausea), (see vomiting)?
  17. Difficulty with swallowing (see swallowing difficulty)?
  18. Hematemesis (see vomiting blood)?
  19. Black stool (see black stool)?
  20. Jaundice (yellow color to your skin) (see jaundice)?
  21. Sinusitis symptoms?

    Why: may be cause of postnasal drip which can cause bad taste in mouth.

  22. Toothache?

    Why: may suggest tooth abscess.

  23. Symptoms of Scombrotoxic fish poisoning?

    Why: e.g. flushing, burning, itch, headaches, hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing.

  24. Symptoms of lead poisoning?

    Why: reduced appetite, nausea, vomiting, blue line on the gums, constipation, abdominal cramps, thirst, metallic taste.

  25. Symptoms of mercury poisoning?

    Why: e.g. weakness, chills, metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Metallic taste:

The following list of conditions have 'Metallic taste' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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