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Old 02-16-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Metallic taste then loss of taste---please help

What could cause a loss of taste? I was on sulfa drugs for about 5 days for cellulitis. Up until then, I was fine--after I took the antibiotic for 5 days, I developed a metallic taste in my mouth. That has subsided, but now I have a hard time tasting anything sweet.

Could it be the drugs? I had a sinus infection as well, but that's cleared up now. The doctor put me on amoxicillin for that. I feel fine--no loss of appetite or yellowing (jaundice). Any ideas??

 
Old 03-03-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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Re: Metallic taste then loss of taste---please help

I lost my taste due to a tonsillectomy, and have researched up the wazoo about the subject. I have heard that there is a genetic marker pinned for tasteloss and they can do normal simple labwork to detect, and you just might be predisposed to the tasteloss or age related factor? especially since you experienced the distortion first, which is called "dysgeusia" or distortion of taste. without knowing alot of your medical background and not being a doctor I can't say for certain, but based off that, my best guess is that your answer is in your bloodwork. There are taste specialists that you can go see, they may not be local but you can fly to the closest one, they are costly and dont usually accept insurance, but they can confirm to what level of loss and if and when it may return. if you had the circulation of your tongue cut off for any amt of time then that could be the cause, also can you taste at the back roof of your mouth? it also seems that sweetness is the main one to go.. taste is controlled by cranial nerves and damage to those could be there and you may never know about it. an allergy to sulfa drugs could kick into gear the predisposition you might have for tasteloss, and alot of people are predisposed and never know. a taste specialist knows if it is a hereditary thing or an injury related cause also. good luck to you, hope this helps

 
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