GERD AND METALLIC TASTE
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic medical condition that affects over 3 million people in the United States each year. It’s characterized by stomach acid or bile flowing up into the food pipe and causing irritation and discomfort.
Most patients are familiar with common symptoms of GERD such as nausea, vomiting, belching, and dry cough. It is very common that GERD causes another unpleasant side effect – metallic taste in the mouth. Metallic taste is a disorder medically known as dysgeusia. Dysgeusia symptoms include metallic, acidic, sour or bitter taste in the mouth that is persistent and not affected by foods.
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The mechanisms responsible for taste-related adverse effects in general are poorly understood. In GERD patients, there are two main factors that cause taste alterations. One is acid reflux itself. The second one is the medications taken to remedy the disease.
GERD itself can cause taste alterations due to the acidity of the excess bile that gets projected up the esophagus. This upward movement of acid can pass through the entire upper digestive tract into the mouth. In the mouth, acidity causes irritation and damage to the oral tissues as well as the cells in the taste buds.
Acid reflux causes damage to the palate and can potentially cause taste abnormalities in patients whose GERD symptoms are more severe. In fact, taste and smell abnormalities are positively associated with increased symptom severity. They may also contribute to the poor appetite and food aversions that GERD patients already experience.
Metallic taste and other taste alterations can be caused by numerous medications, including some GERD remedies. This happens when the drug’s own unpleasant flavor secretes back through saliva and lingers in the patient’s mouth. In other cases, the drug’s chemical composition affects the mechanism that regulates the sense of taste and smell.
Along with other unpleasant symptoms of GERD, metallic taste can significantly decrease patient’s ability to follow a proper diet. Such changes in the diet can make it hard to maintain adequate nutrient intake.
There are some simple strategies that can help remediate metallic taste. To learn about them, read our article on how to get rid of metallic taste. If you are looking for an immediate relief, you may try MetaQil®. It is a mouth rinse designed specifically to alleviate the symptoms of unpleasant taste alterations.
MetaQil has a gentle flavor, and doesn’t irritate or burn the mouth. As there is no need to swallow it, it won’t upset the stomach either. All the ingredients in MetaQil are on the FDA’s GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list. If you have any questions about MetaQil, please feel free to reach out to us through our Contact page.
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