Abnormal Taste In Mouth

What Causes Abnormal Taste Sensation?

Abnormal taste sensation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal taste sensation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal taste sensation" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Kidney Disease
  • Zinc Need
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
extreme moodiness
heart racing/palpitations
zinc test metallic/fuzzy/sweet
many white spots on fingernails
hot flashes between period
history of adolescent acne
current birth control pill use
weak sexual desire
poorly-removed amalgams
prednisone use
constant fatigue
past H2-blocker antacid use
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal taste sensation:
Cause Probability Status
Mercury Toxicity 96% Confirm
Kidney Disease 25% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 4% Ruled out
Zinc Need 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate mouth problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you ever have unexplained bad or abnormal taste sensations?
Possible responses:
→ No / rarely / don't know
→ Yes, sometimes a slight abnormal taste
→ Yes, often a slight / sometimes a strong taste
→ Yes, often a strong abnormal taste
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate abnormal taste in mouth, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Kidney Disease

An unpleasant taste in the mouth is a possible symptom of kidney disease.

Zinc Requirement

Sensations of unpleasant tastes are one symptom of zinc deficiency.

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