Metallic Tastes In Mouth

What Causes Metallic Taste Sensation?

Metallic taste sensation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'serious'.  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 metallic 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 "metallic taste sensation" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Tonsil Stones
  • Liver Congestion
  • Lichen Planus
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Selenium 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:
being easily irritated
regular unexplained nausea
being easily excitable
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
abnormal taste in mouth
difficulty falling asleep
coughing up foul-smelling lumps
rapid decline in speaking ability
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
cold sores
poorly-removed amalgams
having trouble concentrating
... 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 metallic taste sensation:
Cause Probability Status
Lichen Planus 97% Confirm
Mercury Toxicity 58% Possible
Selenium Need 28% Unlikely
Tonsil Stones 1% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 1% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 0% 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 a metallic taste in your mouth?
Possible responses:
→ No / rarely / don't know
→ Yes, some
→ Yes, significant
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate metallic taste in mouth, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Oral Lichen Planus

A metallic taste or a reduction in taste sensation may be present if the tongue is affected.

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