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
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Zinc Need

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:
chronic mild mouth soreness/sores
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
angry/hostile disposition
disturbed sleep
nasal congestion
being an unsocial person
history of tinnitus
weak appetite
preauricular node problems
significant left lumbar pain
severely tight muscles
being very easily irritated
... 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
Zinc Need 91% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 12% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 3% Ruled out
Kidney Disease 3% 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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