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Doctor insights on: Ageusia

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Who is at risk for ageusia?

Who is at risk for ageusia?

Smokers/Radiation: Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami (meaning "pleasant/savory taste"). Smokers and those who have undergone radiation therapy are at significantly increased risk. Treatment options include to facilitate recovery plan to stop smoking and avoid all non-essential drugs. ...Read more

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Are there cures for ageusia?

Prevention: Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami (meaning "pleasant/savory taste"). Treatment options include to facilitate recovery plan to stop smoking and avoid all non-essential drugs. ...Read more

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When will my ageusia go away?

Unknown: It may fade with time but it could also get worse. It all depends on the underlying cause and what is exacerbating the condition. ...Read more

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How would one manage ageusia?

Define and Treat: Examine for underlying causes and extent of ageusia. Remove irrtitating stimuli. Reassess and once again try to determine etiology and discontinue any suboptimal behavior. ...Read more

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How common is it to get ageusia?

Rare: Most of what is perceived as the sense of taste is actually derived from smell. True ageusia is relatively rare compared to hypogeusia — a partial loss of taste — and dysgeusia — a distortion or alteration of taste. ...Read more

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How will ageusia affect the body?

How will ageusia affect the body?

Very little: With ageusia, you will lose some aspects of your sense of taste. This can be a local condition with no effects on the rest of the body, but can also be associated with some systemic disease so there will be other issues not caused by the ageusia. The major effect might simply be that certain foods will lose their appeal and some may actually be unpleasant. ...Read more

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What increases the risk for ageusia?

Smoking, etc: Smoking, neurologic disorders, problems with endocrine system all put one at risk for developing ageusia most of what is perceived as the sense of taste is actually derived from smell. True ageusia is relatively rare compared to hypogeusia — a partial loss of taste — and dysgeusia — a distortion or alteration of taste. ...Read more

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Can ageusia be caused by lots of illnesses?

Can ageusia be caused by lots of illnesses?

Yes: Neurological disorders such as bell's palsy, familial dysautonomia, and multiple sclerosis cause similar problems. Disorders of the endocrine system, such as cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus, can cause similar problems. Ageusia can also be caused by medicinal side-effects from antirheumatic drugs such as penicillamine, antiproliferative drugs such as cisplatin, ace inhibito. ...Read more

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Will ageusia affect women differently than men?

Unlikely: Should affect women much the same way as men. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent ageusia?

Is there a way to prevent ageusia?

Avoid Causes: Deficiency of vitamin b3 (niacin) and zinc can cause problems with the endocrine system, which may cause taste loss or alteration. Disorders of the endocrine system, such as cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus, can cause similar problems. Local damage and inflammation that interferes with the taste buds or local nervous system should be avoided. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women get ageusia?

Can  pregnant women get ageusia?

Perhaps partially: Pregnancy related changes may cause certain alterations in taste function. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for ageusia?

What are treatment options for ageusia?

Prevention: Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami (meaning "pleasant/savory taste"). Treatment options include to facilitate recovery plan to stop smoking and avoid all non-essential drugs. ...Read more

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Are there alternative and natural treatments for ageusia?

Yes: I'm not sure how effective nay of the are for treating your ageusia. ...Read more

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Can anybody recommend a specialist for anosmia and ageusia?

Can anybody recommend a specialist for anosmia and ageusia?

ENT: An otolaryngologist or ENT should be able to investigate and rule out the potential causes of anosmia and ageusia. ...Read more

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When must one talk to my doctor about ageusia symptoms?

When must one talk to my doctor about  ageusia symptoms?

When you want to get: Ageusia (lost your sense of taste) may indicate a more urgent condition. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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I have cold?

I have cold?

Symptoms?: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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What is asp?

What is asp?

In acupuncture an: Asp is an acupuncture semi-permanent needle. They are made in germany & come in stainless steel, gold, silver & titanium. They are used for auricular (ear) acupuncture. They are usually referred to as "asp's". ...Read more

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