What is taste? Many people don’t understand how taste buds function. Every human is born with around 10,000 taste buds, declining as you grow older. The taste buds on your tongue have clusters of cells within them. Once you chew, drink and digest, molecules are released, hitting the taste bud cells. Those cells then send a signal to your brain, allowing you to know what the food or drink tastes like. These signals will allow
Distorted taste is a common side effect of certain medications. This distorted taste is called a metallic taste, medically known as dysgeusia. Medications that can cause metallic taste include but are not limited to: – Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, clarithromycin (Biaxin) or metronidazole (Flagyl) – Blood pressure medications, such as captopril (Capoten) – Glaucoma medications, such as methazolamide (Neptazane) – Osteoporosis medications – Gout medicine allopurinol – Lithium, which is used to treat certain psychiatric
Sense of taste is closely related to sense of smell. When the sense of smell is distorted, it can have a large impact on the sense of taste. Sinus issues are a common cause of metallic taste in the mouth. Sinus issues can be caused by: – Allergies – The common cold – Sinus infections – Other upper respiratory infections Upper respiratory infections, colds and sinusitis can alter the senses and result in metallic taste. This is typically temporary and usually ends
Radiation therapy to the neck and head can damage taste buds and salivary glands, causing the taste within the mouth to change. This can lead to dysgeusia (metallic taste within the mouth – a taste disorder) by altering the structure of taste buds. This can also cause changes to the sense of smell, also affecting how foods taste. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may cause taste and odor disturbances by destroying taste and smell receptor cells in a short period of
A metallic taste in the mouth is a type of taste disorder medically known as dysgeusia. This unpleasant taste can develop suddenly or over a long period of time. The sense of taste is controlled by the taste buds and olfactory sensory neurons. Olfactory sensory neurons are responsible for the sense of smell. The nerve endings transfer information from the taste buds and olfactory sensory neurons to the brain, which then identifies specific tastes. Many