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Who is at risk for ageusia?

Smokers/Radiation

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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.
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Are there cures for ageusia?

Prevention

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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.
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When will my ageusia go away?

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It may fade with time but it could also get worse. It all depends on the underlying cause and what is exacerbating the condition.
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How would one manage ageusia?

Define and Treat

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Examine for underlying causes and extent of ageusia. Remove irrtitating stimuli. Reassess and once again try to determine etiology and discontinue any suboptimal behavior
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How common is it to get ageusia?

Rare

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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.
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Can pregnant women get ageusia?

Perhaps partially

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Pregnancy related changes may cause certain alterations in taste function.
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How will ageusia affect the body?

Very little

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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.
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Is there a way to prevent ageusia?

Avoid Causes

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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
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What increases the risk for ageusia?

Smoking, etc

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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.
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What are treatment options for ageusia?

Prevention

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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.
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