Unusual Tastes

A friend of mine called a while ago telling me his wife has a condition called dysgeusia. It’s a condition wherein apparently, she has metal taste in mouth. I was told that it’s common during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. My sister had a salty taste in mouth a year ago, so that got me thinking if it had a relation. It intrigued me so I researched on the web.

Dysgeusia is an impairment or dysfunction of taste buds. It manifests itself as a metallic taste and it’s normally diagnosed in pregnant women because of their overactive hormones. Besides pregnancy, there are other possible causes such as inflammation of the gums, smoking, vitamin and mineral deficiency, Bell’s Palsy, brain tumor, or even depression. I suggest that if you’re not pregnant and you have a metallic taste in your mouth, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible to undergo tests to eliminate causes especially the more fatal ones. The possible tests that can conclude your condition are MRI, CT scans, saliva flow rate and blood tests. It’s safer to catch diseases at an earlier time to prevent it from worsening. Make sure you get a dentist and a good otolaryngologist or an ENT.

However, my sister’s condition of salty mouth was caused by dehydration. It began when she took losing weight seriously, but she keeps forgetting to hydrate. She goes to the gym five times a week for about 3-4 hours. She spends an hour or so for cardio and the rest for weight lifting and mat exercises. I don’t know how she lasts for 3-4 hours without proper hydration. When at home, she dislikes drinking water and favors carbonated drinks, iced teas and powdered juices.  Other possible common causes include post-nasal drip because of allergy and infection of the sinus, smoking, nutritional deficiencies and bacterial infection of the salivary glands. More serious causes are autoimmune disease like Sjogren´s syndrome, endocrine disorders, neurological disorders, such as epilepsy or migraine, MS and even mild strokes. It can be a side effect of taking certain medicines such as anti-thyroid medications and chemotherapy drugs. It can even be a phantom taste so I suggest we eliminate most of the possible causes to have an idea what to do next. It’s going to be costly, but it’s worth it since it will give you peace of mind.

Studies showed that smoking, gum diseases and post-nasal drips are the leading causes of salty mouth as they greatly increase the rate of salivary gland infections. Whenever you get a salty mouth, try to drink or gargle water to eliminate common possible causes. Assess first the reasons behind it and consult your doctor. Tell him all about your medical history and your routines to properly assess your condition. Treatment will be determined upon knowing the underlying causes behind it. You can also have your teeth and gums checked by a dentist. Have a regular oral prophylaxis to eliminate the causes of gum and teeth related diseases. You also have to drink lots of water to be properly hydrated.