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I have a bitter taste on tongue - like licking a lemon. Gets better with fluid intake, what could be the cause?

I have a bitter taste on tongue - like licking a lemon. Gets better with fluid intake, what could be the cause?

Lemon = acidic: Either way, a taste such as this could be indicative of cavities, periodontal problems, acid reflux, or even a sinus infection. Which, if any of the above is affecting you remains unknown. Please consult with a local dentist to rule out any tooth/gum problems, and then with your physician if the problem persists. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I get bitter taste in my mouth&bad breath after eating &sometimes it goes away after awhile. My tongue has a yellowish hue to it. What could cause this?

I get bitter taste in my mouth&bad breath after eating &sometimes it goes away after awhile. My tongue has a yellowish hue to it. What could cause this?

Yellow Coated Tongue: Is an inflammation of the tongue papillae. The condition occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce pigments which cause the tongue to develop a yellow coating. The causes are poor oral hygiene, medications, fever, dehydration, and mouth breathing. Use a tongue scraper and hydrogen peroxide (5:1 water) as a treatment. ...Read more

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What causes bitter taste in the mouth?

Various reasons: Do you have it all the time or only when you eat certain foods. Food allergies, mineral deficiencies, hormone abnormalities, toxic substances are just some of the reasons you could be having a bitter taste. ...Read more

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Common causes of a bitter taste in the mouth?

Common causes of a bitter taste in the mouth?

Bitter taste from...: Common causes of a bitter taste in the mouth include acid reflux, taking certain medications or even poor oral hygiene. Your sense of taste can also be impaired or distorted permanently from long-term smoking. Finally, a sudden bitter taste in the mouth can be a sign of an infection or other condition that requires immediate treatment. See your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of an unpleasant, bitter taste in my mouth?

Dysgeusia: Dysgeusia is the medical term for an impaired sense of taste. It can result in unpleasant taste sensations ranging from metallic to salty or bitter. The bad taste may also be described as foul or rancid. The severity of the bad taste varies among affected individuals. Dysgeusia can be caused by infections, inflammation, injury, or environmental factors. ...Read more

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Can high cholestrol cause bitter taste of the mouth?

Can high cholestrol cause bitter taste of the mouth?

Not likely: I would look to the treatment (medication or even dietary) of the high cholesterol to be the cause. A neurologist may be consulted, too. ...Read more

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Can a bitter taste in the mouth be caused from surgery?

Not the surgery: Often it is the medications you are taking that can do this. Pain medications can sometimes do this. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis cause bitter taste in mouth?

Tonsillitis: Yes, it absolutely can. Even more exciting is when you have tonsil calculus or tonsil stones. These are little white pellet-looking things that fill the pits or crypts in your tonsils. Not only will they taste bitter, but they'll give you some pretty foul smelling breath, so you won't be the only one who gets to experience them. If this is a chronic problem, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Could Pepcid (famotidine) cause bitter taste in the mouth?

Could Pepcid (famotidine) cause bitter taste in the mouth?

More likely...: ...you are describing "sourbrash" when stomach contents regurgitate into your mouth. The probable cause is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) for which I assume you're taking Pepcid (famotidine). Optimizing acid suppression may prove helpful, but persistent symptoms warrant evaluation please. ...Read more

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What would cause me to not be able to get rid of the bitter taste in my mouth?

What would cause me to not be able to get rid of the bitter taste in my mouth?

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. ...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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What causes the awful bitter taste in my mouth during the night when sleeping?

What causes the awful bitter taste in my mouth during the night when sleeping?

I am not sure: You may want to brush and floss your teeth right before going to sleep. If the bitter taste continues after a few days, speak to a dentist or physician about it. They may have some remedies for you. Taste and smell is a science all to itself. You may have underlying conditions that are affecting your taste. These can be normalized once identified. ...Read more

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I'm on losec mups (omeprazole) And I sometimes get bitter taste in my mouth. Cause?

Acid Reflux Symptom: Bitter or sour taste in the mouth is a common symptom of Acid Reflux (GERD). See your doctor for nutrition counseling. ...Read more

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When I eat I have a feeling the food is undigested. My tummy feels uncomfortable. Also my mouth feels dry with a bitter taste. What can cause this?

When I eat I have a feeling the food is undigested. My tummy feels uncomfortable. Also my mouth feels dry with a bitter taste. What can cause this?

High acid in stomach: TUMS helps, Zantac or Pepcid helps. Avoid spicy food, tomato based products, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, vinegar, citrus. These can all irritate. Prilosec, Nexium (esomeprazole) are most effective meds, but take longer to kick in ...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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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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White crust and bitter taste in my tongue?

Medical condition: Usually when there is a change in tongue tasting and abnormal tongue morphology with no reason, there is a need tin seeking for medical help. Sometimes it is because the influence of your food/medication you currenly have or sometimes is from unbalanced hormone or degeneration of sensry nerve, salivary glands or dry mouth condition, and...Etc. Please consult with your physician for answer. ...Read more

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Irritation under far back of tongue for 2 wks, bitter taste, thick whiteness in middle of back of tongue, sour taste, salivation. What could this be?

Irritation under far back of tongue for 2 wks, bitter taste, thick whiteness in middle of back of tongue, sour taste, salivation. What could this be?

Several causes: Several thing can cause this. Allergies and post nasal drip, infections, virus, acid reflux, thrush, poor oral hygiene, are some of the causes. See a dentist to find out what is going on i. Your mouth and how to best treat it. ...Read more

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I have a very bitter taste in my tongue which I use to have sometimes but now it's everyday and gives me nausea? Pls tell me what to take & what it's f

Reflux: The most common cause for your symptoms would be uncontrolled heartburn. I see you are on Prilosec already, I would try and double up to 40mg a day and if no better in af ew days, go see a doctor. Also, if you are taking any anti inflammatories, they could be irritating your stomach. ...Read more

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I have a bitter taste on the tip of my tongue and on my lips. What can it be?

I have a bitter taste on the tip of my tongue and on my lips. What can it be?

Many possibilities: At age 19, most likely source is a vitamin deficiency. Could be a medication side effect, an after effect of gerd/heartburn or an allergic reaction to a lotion, lip balm or the like. See your dentist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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A 50 year old man always feels bitter taste. Polydipsia due to dryness in his mouth. Also a thick whitish layer on his tongue. .

A 50 year old man always feels bitter taste. Polydipsia due to dryness in his mouth. Also a thick whitish layer on his tongue. .

Mouth symptoms: Taste disturbances can be caused by medication or vitamin deficiencies. Polydipsia can be caused by many conditions, including diabetes or salivary gland problems including sjogren's syndrome and others. The thick white layer on your tongue is vague and nonspecific. If your symptoms persist, see your physician for evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have this sour/bitter taste in my mouth and lasts for hours. I also feel nauseous when it happens and sometimes my tongue tingles.

Acid Reflux?: Distinct possibility. But this needs to be diagnosed locally, by your physician. Please make an appointment to be sure. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste this started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter.

Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste this started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter.

Time: There are many different reasons for this and most will pass with time with no consequence. If it continues, a good medical work-up would be suggested to rule out the things that do have a consequence such as acid reflux disease or mercury. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it still tasted bitter. Why could it be?

Bitter taste: Certain medications cause a bitter taste as well as infections. There may be a systemic problem. A suggestion would be to identify when this problem developed, note any changes in diet or use of over the counter medication and discuss this with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I have had taste issues with the right side of my tongue. I had 4 wisdom teeth taken out 3-4 weeks ago and also have some bitter taste on that side.

I have had taste issues with the right side of my tongue. I had 4 wisdom teeth taken out 3-4 weeks ago and also have some bitter taste on that side.

Lingual nerve injury: Is sometimes caused by wisdom tooth surgery or a simple inferior alveolar nerve block. Lingual nerve damage is associated with loss of taste and sensation in the anterior region of the tongue and in majority cases is transitory. Ask your surgeon to consider high-dose corticosteroids to reduce immune inflammatory reaction. Take care. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter. I have not eaten any pine nuts, unless they were in food.

Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter. I have not eaten any pine nuts, unless they were in food.

This: This somewhat common problem has a huge differential of potential causes such as:
- nasal drainage
- nasal polyps
- bad tooth
- gastroesophageal reflux
- salivary gland obstruction/ dry mouth
- medications
- a neurological problem with the taste receptors

and that's just scraping the surface!

you should see your doctor or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) for an exam and a work-up. Hopefully, if they can find the cause, they can fix the problem.

As far as pine nuts go, check to labels of the foods you are eating. Since nut allergies are so prevalent, companies are required to label foods that may have tree nuts (including pine nuts) in them. ...Read more

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