What kinds of treatments have been effective for your taste disorders?
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Can taste disorders be treated?
Many types of taste disorders are curable.
For those that are not, counseling is available to help people adjust to their
Diagnosis by an otolaryngologist is important to identify and treat the
underlying cause of your disorder. If a certain medication is the cause,
stopping or changing your medicine may help eliminate the problem. (Do not stop
taking your medications unless directed by your doctor, however.) Some people,
notably those with respiratory infections or allergies, regain their sense of
taste when these conditions are resolved. Often, the correction of a general
medical problem also can correct the loss of taste. Occasionally, a person may
recover his or her sense of taste spontaneously. Proper oral hygiene is
important to regaining and maintaining a well-functioning sense of taste.
If you lose some or all of your sense of taste, there are things you can do
to make your food taste better:
Prepare foods with a variety of colors and textures.
Use aromatic herbs and
hot spices to add more flavor; however, avoid adding more sugar or salt to
If your diet permits, add small amounts of cheese, bacon bits, butter,
olive oil, or toasted nuts on vegetables.
Avoid combination dishes, such as
casseroles, that can hide individual flavors and dilute taste.