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ICYMI: What Are Taste Disorders?

ICYMI: What Are Taste Disorders?

ICYMI: Taste disorders are much more common than many people think; it is estimated that up to 15% of adults experience a smell or taste disorder but do not seek medical intervention. Some well-known taste disorders are: 

  • Phantom Taste Perception 
  • Hypogeusia 
  • Ageusia  
  • Dysgeusia 

Taste disorders sound just like their name; they are distortions in the way one tastes, whether a loss of taste or foods tasting bitter, sour, metallic, etc. 

What Causes Taste Disorders?

There are several reasons why one may experience a taste disorder. While some people may be born with a taste disorder, other causes include: 

  • Head or neck radiation therapy 
  • Surgeries in the head or neck region 
  • Head injuries
  • Central nervous system disorders 
  • Poor oral health 

In addition, some people may assume they are experiencing a taste disorder but actually have a smell disorder. Speaking with a healthcare professional is crucial when you have any questions or concerns about developing a taste disorder.  

However, in the case of taste disorders, taste cells (gustatory cells) are stimulated as we eatThese taste sensations are savory, sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. When experiencing a taste disorder, a dysfunction causes an altered or different taste.  

Why Taste Disorders Are A Problem

Unfortunately, taste disorders can negatively affect one’s quality of life. Taste disorders may affect healthy eating habits, causing increased consumption of foods high in fats, sodium, sugar, etc. To satiate food cravings, poor nutrition choices are often made when experiencing a taste disorder. 

Many cancer patients experience cachexia, resulting in severe weight loss. Due to altered taste or loss of appetite, people may develop cachexia while battling cancer or a different health condition. This can severely affect one’s quality of life, leading to nutritional deficits.

Dysgeusia as a Taste Disorder

Dysgeusia is a well-known taste disorder where one’s sense of taste is persistently altered, causing food to taste bitter, sour, or metallic. Medications, vitamins, and dry mouth (xerostomia) may also lead to dysgeusia.

Some people experience a metallic taste even when not consuming food with dysgeusia. This can lead to overall oral discomfort, ultimately affecting one’s life. However, in some cases, dysgeusia may go away when you are taken off a particular medication or can address an underlying issue medically.  

Alleviate Metallic Taste

If you are looking to alleviate metallic taste, try MetaQil oral rinse. MetaQil is a first-of-its-kind product scientifically designed to alleviate metallic taste. MetaQil freshens breath and cools your mouth without a stinging sensation. Our unique ingredients cool the mouth and provide instant, long-lasting relief, and comfort for metallic taste symptoms. 

MetaQil #1 Metallic Taste Oral Rinse

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.

How to use MetaQil?

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.

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