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Loss of taste

Loss of taste: Introduction

Changes in taste sensations can result from various medical conditions. One reasonably common cause is acid reflux where stomach acid is regurgitated into the mouth giving a bad taste that can be described as an acid taste or metallic taste; refer to the symptoms of refux or heartburn. Another possibility is an infectious oral virus that may damage the tongue's sensory cells and result in changes to taste. Other mouth or tongue disorders, including mouth ulcers, are a possibility. Taste changes can also accompany other general types of illness, such as a fever, and these other symptoms need to be investigated for their cause. Various other causes of taste changes are possible; always seek prompt professional medical diagnosis for these symptoms....more »

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Causes of Loss of taste:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Loss of taste. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Loss of taste: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Loss of taste

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Message Boards for Loss of taste

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Diagnostic tests for Loss of taste:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Loss of taste. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspection of the mouth, teeth, ears, nose and throat for signs of glossitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, dental caries, rhinitis and hay fever
    • Nervous system examination including cranial nerve examination. If abnormalities are found must consider Bell's palsy, temporomandibular joint syndrome, petrositis and brain stem lesions
    • Central nervous system examination, including cranial nerves looking for signs of 7th nerve palsy which may be due to brain stem stroke, brain stem tumor or multiple sclerosis
    • Look for signs of Bell's palsy (7th nerve palsy of unknown cause) - e.g. unable to wrinkle forehead or close eye forcefully on affected side, unable to whistle or blow out cheeks.
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Loss of taste:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Loss of taste as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Loss of taste: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Loss of taste

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Loss of 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.

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Loss of taste: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Loss of taste

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that aid digestion, more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better more »

Loss of taste: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Loss of taste: Related Rare Diseases

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Loss of taste: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Loss of taste listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Loss of taste as a symptom include:

Definitions of Loss of taste:

Complete or severe loss of the subjective sense of taste, frequently accompanied by OLFACTION DISORDERS.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Loss of taste:

The list of organs typically affected by Loss of taste may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Loss of taste

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How Common are these Causes of Loss of taste?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Loss of taste. Of the 64 causes of Loss of taste that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 3 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 60 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Loss of taste:

The following list of conditions have 'Loss of 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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Causes of Loss of taste Based on Risk Factors

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    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Loss of taste?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Loss of taste, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Loss of taste:

    Dysgeusia, Hypogeusia, Parageusia, Taste disturbance
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Loss of taste:

    Medical Conditions associated with Loss of taste:

    Taste symptoms (94 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

    Symptoms related to Loss of taste:

    Loss of smell (67 causes), Taste symptoms (94 causes), Tongue symptoms (430 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Bad tastes (62 causes), Foul tastes (62 causes), Bitter tastes (62 causes), Tongue infection, Glossitis (55 causes), Oral candidiasis (30 causes), Excessive smoking, Poor oral hygiene, Tooth infection (8 causes), Dental cavities (91 causes), Ear nerve injury, Ear infections, Ear surgery

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