Taste Disorders - Causes

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What causes taste disorders?

Some people are born with taste disorders, but most develop them after an injury or illness. Among the causes of taste problems are:

  • Upper respiratory and middle ear infections

  • Radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck

  • Exposure to certain chemicals, such as insecticides and some medications, including some common antibiotics and antihistamines

  • Head injury

  • Some surgeries to the ear, nose, and throat (e.g., third molar -- wisdom tooth -- extraction and middle ear surgery)

  • Poor oral hygiene and dental problems
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Comment from: Tizzy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I have no idea why I have a taste disorder. My ENT specialist said it could be an allergy, but could not give me allergy tests because I am allergic to something in the tests themselves. I am 80 years old and can't taste most foods.

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Comment from: e98186johnsonusmc, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I am a 77 year old male who experienced a loss of taste. It went from a sour taste to little or no taste. After a period of 3 months with no medical treatment, my taste returned. With 3 or more month of experiencing the taste of food, the lack of taste returned! No medication has been added or deleted. Thus far, I have not sought any medical help from doctors.

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