There are multiple reasons why you may suffer from metallic taste in your mouth. Metallic taste is a taste disorder known as dysgeusia. It is an abnormal or impaired sense of taste that is often described as persistent metallic, bitter, sour, or other bad taste in the mouth. Dysgeusia can develop suddenly or over longer periods of time, and can cause major effects on the taste of foods, leading to changes in appetite and eating habits.
Among the reasons for metallic taste, chemical exposure is one of the most common causes.
Inhaling high levels of lead and mercury are the leading chemicals that cause metallic taste.
Lead can be harmful to both children and adults and can be found in paint, dust, air, water, and soil. Adults who work on home renovations or work with batteries have a higher risk of lead poisoning.
Mercury can be brought into homes from work sites, broken thermometers, or blood pressure machines. Removing these sources, like not using lead-based paint, is the best way to ensure you do not suffer from chemical exposure. If you think you have been exposed to chemical contact your primary care physician.
Be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid problems with your teeth and gums, like gingivitis and infections.
GERD itself can cause taste alterations due to the acidity of the excess bile that gets projected up the esophagus.
Colds, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections may change the taste in your mouth.
Certain drugs may be related to your metallic taste such as, heart medication, gout medicine, antidepressants, and antibiotics.
Prenatal vitamins, iron or calcium supplements can also be the cause of bitter taste. Watch out for multivitamins with copper, zinc, or chromium too!
Metallic taste is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation.
Change in taste during the first trimester is likely due to a women’s shift in hormones. It can cause a sour or bitter taste, even when not consuming food.
There are multiple ways to relieve metallic taste symptoms. Here’s a few home remedies:
MetaQil is the #1 solution for symptomatic relief of metallic taste. MetaQil’s scientifically designed formula alleviates metallic taste caused by chemotherapy, GERD, and a variety of medications. MetaQil gently cools the mouth and provides instant, long-lasting relief from metallic taste symptoms. It has a mild flavor and does not “sting” the mouth like an every-day mouthwash. Regular use of MetaQil can help patients return to healthy eating and adequate nutrient intake.
For best results, use approximately 5 ml (one teaspoon) of MetaQil®, rinse for 30 seconds, and spit out. MetaQil can be used on an as-needed basis. Use alone or after each time you brush your teeth
Important: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your physician before using MetaQil. Do not use MetaQil if you are taking any medications that are contraindicated with the product. Please consult with your physician if you have any concerns regarding the use of this product. Keep out of reach of children.