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Can Metallic Taste in Mouth be Caused by Covid?

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“foul metallic taste in his mouth”

In April, a man in New Zealand reported to the daily mail of having a “foul metallic taste in his mouth” after eating tomato sauce. Later, the man was diagnosed with coronavirus.[1]

“bland and metallic”

Another woman, before being diagnosed with COVID-19, described her sense of taste as “bland and metallic” despite eating foods that “include many spices and strong flavors, particularly using herbs in Jamaican and Caribbean cuisines”..” [2] [3]

Is Metallic Taste a Symptom of COVID-19?

Metallic taste can be a symptom of the well-known COVID-19 virus. Metallic taste, also known as dysgeusia – a taste disorder, tends to last longer than other symptoms. Similarly, respiratory infections like the common cold can leave people with a metallic taste.  

Not only are people suffering from metallic taste due to COVID-19, but also from hours to weeks after the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine. SARS-CoV-2 Vaccinations may induce transient symptoms such as muscle aches or fevers that pass in a few days. In some cases, this metallic taste may be permanent. 

After vaccination, some individuals experience a metallic taste in their mouths. One individual, John Howard, an NBC sports contributor, described the taste as “having nickels in your mouth.” No simple or strong taste such as mouthwash could alleviate the metal taste, which happened soon after the vaccination. While humans do not have a metallic taste receptor, it is the most common taste shift symptom.[4]

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What is Metallic Taste?

Dysgeusia is a taste disorder usually characterized by metallic taste. Commonly, this distinctive taste is experienced as bitterness or general unpleasantness. It is an abnormal or impaired sense of taste or an unpleasant alteration of taste sensation. Dysgeusia is usually described as persistent metallic, sour, bitter, or other unusual or bad taste in the mouth. In addition, unpleasant tastes can occur after eating pungent foods such as onions or garlic.  

However, a persistent unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth may signify a taste disorder. Flavors of foods do not typically cause a metallic taste in the mouth but may worsen a metallic taste if a taste disorder is present. People may recoil from their favorite foods or food in general due to a metallic taste. This can cause malnutrition due to eating less or choosing saltier or sweeter foods to mask the taste. 

Metallic taste can be caused by numerous medical conditions, including medication side-effects, chemotherapy, GERD, Central Nervous System Disorders, and now most notably by the coronavirus. Learn more here about the different causes of metallic taste.  

Why is Metallic Taste a symptom of COVID-19?

The perception of taste has been linked to the innate immune system. Those with strong taste receptors for bitterness and have two copies of PAV in the gene T2R38 have a better immune response than those without copies of one of the genes. This is important to remember when considering people’s altered sense of taste and COVID-19.[5]

Like other viruses, COVID-19 leads to a metallic taste in the mouth due to an infection damaging the cells at the roof of your nose. However, it is different from other viruses because it can cause damage to the cells without symptoms of nasal congestion. Your change in taste results from the infections to supporting cells, which makes the loss of smell and taste last much longer than the common cold.[2]

Unfortunately, several people have stated they either experience a loss of taste or this bitter, metallic taste while having COVID-19.[8]

COVID-19 and Dry Mouth

Some people with COVID-19 have also experienced dry mouth symptoms. This is because of the way the COVID-19 virus affects your mouth. Click the button below to read more on COVID-19 and dry mouth. 

How Do I treat loss of smell and taste?

Usually, metallic taste symptoms are caused by an underlying health condition or treatment; once the condition is diagnosed and treated, the metallic taste goes away. In the case of COVID-19, metallic taste may stay for a few weeks or even months. In this case, you can try some of the following remedies. Read our blog Top 10 Metallic Taste Home Remedies. These methods will not treat metallic taste but can certainly help reduce symptoms of dysgeusia: 

  • Olfactory Training: A treatment known as olfactory training is highly recommended for a loss of taste or smell. You sniff scents for 20 seconds twice a day for at least three months. These scents are specific and include things such as lemons and cloves. This specific treatment benefits people with infection-related loss of smell or taste. [7]
  • Lifestyle Changes: Other home remedies include simple life changes such as avoiding using metal utensils or stainless steel bottles that will worsen the metallic taste. It would be best if you cut down on foods that taste metallic or bitter to you, such as coffee or red meat. Instead, choose high-protein or mildly flavored foods.
  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is helpful, such as brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash. 
  • Cold Food: Eating cold foods may help with the metallic taste and chewing sugar-free gum and sour-tasting drops. 

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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

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