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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 of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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For 4 months I get a bitter taste in my throat for 2+ hours everyday - 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 everyday - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

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: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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