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Bitter Taste (Definition)

Bitter tastes is a symptom in which a person senses a bitter taste when he is not eating or drinking bitter foods. A bitter taste can come from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) where stomach liquids make their way up to the throat, from some medicines, ...Read more


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What causes the bitter taste at the back of your throat?

What causes the bitter taste at the back of your throat?

Several things: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I've made a phlegmy throat for a while now and I've noticed a bitter taste at the back of my throat after drinking water. Could the two be related?

I've made a phlegmy throat for a while now and I've noticed a bitter taste at the back of my throat after drinking water. Could the two be related?

Maybe: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from another cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat symptom is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). The doctor can also look for a sinus infection. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a side effect of amitriptyline which is a very bitter taste in the back of throat. What can I take for it?

I am experiencing a side effect of amitriptyline which is a very bitter taste in the back of throat. What can I take for it?

Common side effect: This is a common side effect. Make sure you are drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. You can suck on lemon drops several times a day. Often, the sensation is due to dry mouth. Always check with your doctor regarding any side effects you are experiencing. ...Read more

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Periodic symptoms: lump in throat (trach area); hoarse; feels like glass caught; recent bitter taste; omeprazole treatment for 2 mo's no help.?

Periodic symptoms: lump in throat (trach area); hoarse; feels like glass caught; recent bitter taste; omeprazole treatment for 2 mo's no help.?

Lump in throat: If you are still having symptoms after taking antacids and ppi then you should have a thyroid u/s done and labs to make sure it's not your thyroid and you can also see an ENT to check your vocal cords for nodes. ...Read more

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I have a bitter taste from nasal passage and throat when I sniffle. What can I do to fix this?

I have a bitter taste from nasal passage and throat when I sniffle. What can I do to fix this?

Many things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Cant eat properly, feel full after small amount. Bad bitter taste in morning, queasy stomache, block feeling in throat. What could it be?

Cant eat properly, feel full after small amount. Bad bitter taste in morning, queasy stomache, block feeling in throat. What could it be?

Could be reflux: If it's associated with sleep, then there's possibly a small amount of stomach contents going back into the throat due to gravity. Even a very small amount of reflux could give a strange taste in the mouth. Reflux can cause the blocked feeling in the throat. Stomach ulcers can cause you to feel full after eating a small amount. Make sure you get checked up by your doc for this! ...Read more

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There is a bitter taste in my throat whenever I swallow food. Should i be worried?

There is a bitter taste in my throat whenever I swallow food. Should i be worried?

Yes: 1. Acid reflux: a painful and burning sensation in the esophagus, just behind the breastbone, usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. ...

2. Pregnancy

3. Reflux disease. ...Read more

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For 4 months I get a bitter taste in my throat for 2+ hours every day — doesn't go away with drinking water. Laryngoscope was normal. What could it be?

For 4 months I get a bitter taste in my throat for 2+ hours every day — doesn't go away with drinking water. Laryngoscope was normal. What could it be?

Water brash: This sounds like you are describing "water brash", which is regurgitation of stomach contents and saliva into your mouth and is commonly associated with heartburn. A laryngoscopy would not accurately diagnose this. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help with bitter taste in the mouth & throat caused by taking Clarithromycin? Please help. Thank you!

Is there anything that can help with bitter taste in the mouth & throat caused by taking Clarithromycin? Please help. Thank you!

Tough problem: Lots of people complain about this problem with clarithromycin. You can take it with food, that helps. But they also complain it ruins the taste of the food they've eaten. Other folks have reported they take the medicine and immediately brush their teeth, suck on hard candy or chew really strong chewing gum. Good luck...hopefully you won't be on it for long. ...Read more

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20days cough, bad smell from nose, bitter taste mucus from throat. Night @11p. M to 6a. M again 10a. M. Now no-cough, no head ache. What is the problem?

20days cough, bad smell from nose, bitter taste mucus from throat. Night @11p. M to 6a. M again 10a. M. Now no-cough, no head ache. What is the problem?

Possibly...: This may be a case of a sinus infection, possibly due to a bacterial infection. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment because you may need antibiotic therapy. You also need to quit smoking and your doctor can help you with this as well. ...Read more

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Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Maybe, but...: Could also be some other cause for the symptoms. One's doctor can check. Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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I wake up with dry/bitter taste in my mouth, lump in my throat, and weak. I did have bronchitis, sinus issues. Just feel sluggish all day sometimes.

I wake up with dry/bitter taste in my mouth, lump in my throat, and weak. I did have bronchitis, sinus issues. Just feel sluggish all day sometimes.

Need evaluation: Please call your physician for an examination. You need a more in-depth examination than just a few words on the computer. Your recent history and current status will have to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Discomfort in throat causing sneezing especially after eating chocolate, bitter taste in mouth, and frequent need to clear throat /acid reflux or not?

Discomfort in throat causing sneezing especially after eating chocolate, bitter taste in mouth, and frequent need to clear throat /acid reflux or not?

Acid reflux: If you are having acid reflux your doctor can order tests to see how often. A ph probe is placed and studied for24 hours. You can try over the counter medication. Ask your pharmacist. Try to stop caffeine and write down what makes it worse. ...Read more

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I woke up with a bitter taste in my mouth and throat my stomach feels like it is being eaten alive plus wrist pain coming from my shoulder?

See below: Contact your MD for any medical concerns. In addition, contact your dentist to rule out any caries or periodontal issues. ...Read more

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I have had a bad, bitter taste in my mouth for about 30 hours now, and had a sore throat for the past hour. Nose is starting to act up?

I have had a bad, bitter taste in my mouth for about 30 hours now, and had a sore throat for the past hour. Nose is starting to act up?

See your PCP: There are many possible causes for a bitter taste in your mouth e.g. (sinus infection, strep throat, etc.). You should contact your doctor if the bad taste persists more than a week. ...Read more

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I have a bitter taste in mouth from throat, but no heart burn,but feel mild head ache sometimes.

Still may be reflux: The bitter taste can still be acid reflux even without any symptoms of heartburn. Try using ranitidine (zantac) or omeprazole (prilosec) OTC for 1-2 weeks. If it doesn't resolve, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get a bitter taste in my mouth after eating and even after just brushing my teeth. What causes this? I also have mucus in my throat but am not sick

Gum disease: Bitter taste can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This condition should be checked by a dentist. It is a painless condition, but can induce serious complication. ...Read more

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For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Chew nicorette 7 yrs. 1 wk ago felt "scalded" throat & bitter taste. Now, many tiny raised red bumps on soft palate & throat. Tip of tongue very sore?

Chew nicorette 7 yrs. 1 wk ago felt "scalded" throat & bitter taste. Now, many tiny raised red bumps on soft palate & throat. Tip of tongue very sore?

Raised red bumps: It's best to go to your dentist; it could very well have a viral origin, A thorough exam will rule out any other suspicious cause ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause throat, neck pain and ear ache? I notice I feel this when my stomach is upset & when I feel sour / bitter taste on tongue. Help!

Can acid reflux cause throat, neck pain and ear ache? I notice I feel this when my stomach is upset & when I feel sour / bitter taste on tongue. Help!

Yes it can!: As the acidic contents of your stomach rises to the back of your throat it can irritate those areas. Also, your brain "refers" pain from the back of your throat to your ears. That's the reason. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a tooth ache & bitter taste. My neck & ear ache as well. If this is a tooth abscess, is it an emergency?

I am experiencing a tooth ache & bitter taste. My neck & ear ache as well. If this is a tooth abscess, is it an emergency?

Dental emergency: It sure sounds like a dental emergency. Get to a dentist as soon as possible for treatment of the tooth along with antibiotics if there is an infection, which is likely. Infections can spread and cause serious consequences so do not delay! ...Read more

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I have a bitter taste in the back of my mouth now for a week with no other symptoms. I've had no change in lifestyle/diet. How do I get rid of it?

I have a bitter taste in the back of my mouth now for a week with no other symptoms. I've had no change in lifestyle/diet. How do I get rid of it?

Get it checked: Several possibilities, including periodontal disease, tonsilar issues, or reflux from the gut. A dentist can check for periodontal disease. An ENT can check your tonilar areas. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel like you have a bitter taste in the back of your mouth after quitting smoking? I quit 8 months ago

Get checked: The most common reasons for a bitter taste include periodontal disease, tonsil associated infection, heavy metal toxicity, and GI issues. So get checked. ...Read more

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I have a constant bitter taste in the back of my mouth, what could that be?

I have a constant bitter taste in the back of my mouth, what could that be?

Several things: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I get a bitter taste at the back of my mouth when I eat something sweet. I was sanding some wood few days ago without a mask could that be the cause?

Yes: Inhaling particulates can impact taste and smell for several days after inhalation. Just provide yourself impeccable oral care for the next few days and consider investing in a tongue scraper, but this should clear quickly. The other possibility is a sinus congestion impacting smell and taste, so consider treatment with decongestants too. Finally, B vitamin deficiency can cause taste abn. ...Read more

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I have bitter taste in my mouth for about 6 weeks. It gets bad between meals. I do not have any other symptoms.?

Acid Reflux ?: A distinct possibility. Consult with your physician to rule out any other possibilities. ...Read more

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I had a filling on 2 of my back teeth on upper left & since then (8 days ago) i have had salty/sour/bitter taste. Altered taste. Is this normal & why?

I had a filling on 2 of my back teeth on upper left & since then (8 days ago) i have had salty/sour/bitter taste. Altered taste. Is this normal & why?

Altered taste: Since we don't know anything about the teeth prior to being restored or the type of filling materials used, it would be best if you checked back with the dentist who restored the teeth.
She/He will have much better insight into any potential causes for the altered taste. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more