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Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

No: Chronic bad taste in the mouth is usually a result of sinus disease, gum disease, or acid reflux (stomach acid coming up into the mouth.) medications can cause this, as can nutritional supplements. Zinc deficiency can also cause this. Very rarely, cancers of the mouth or throat can cause a bad taste in the mouth, but other symptoms would be expected. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Blood pressure is up and I have a metallic taste in my mouth is this a sign of a heartattack?

Blood pressure is up  and I have a metallic taste in my mouth is this a sign of a heartattack?

See your PCP: get your BP and heart checked with PCP....metallic taste can be the result of meds, intraoral galvanic currents, clenching/grinding, periodontal disease ...Read more

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Is metallic taste in the mouth a common symptom when having a cold?

Is metallic taste in the mouth a common symptom when having a cold?

Sourbrash versus ?: Yes, you're likely describing sourbrash, a bitter taste in your mouth due to refluxed material that contains stomach acid. Alternatively, you could be describing post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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Bad taste in mouth for days is it malaria or sign of pregnancy?

Bad taste in mouth for days is it malaria or sign of pregnancy?

You sound confused: If you think either one of those issues are likely you would need to explain that you had unprotected sex or been exposed to infected mosquitoes while traveling to a third world country. Maybe you were drunk, high, or psychotic when you asked the question?... ...Read more

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I have a red spot in the roof of my mouth- is it a bad sign for cancer? Its not painful

I have a red spot in the roof of my mouth- is it a bad sign for cancer? Its not painful

Lots of reasons: Lots of reasons to have red spot, such as burn, cancer, fungal infection, abrasion, and many other reasons. This is not an "over the computer" diagnostic situation. Put down the computer, pick up the phone, and call your dentist. Let your dentest put all those years of education and experience to work for you. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

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Is it a sign of something if my daughter likes the taste of metal?

Is it a sign of something if my daughter likes the taste of metal?

Possibly: Talk with your pediatrician. This could be what we call pica, get routine bloodwork to check for iron deficiency. The other danger is that if she accidentally ingests a metal object which could lead to a while host of other problems. ...Read more

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I have a funny taste in the back of my mouth and a furry tongue what is it?

I have a funny taste in the back of my mouth and a furry tongue what is it?

Hard to accurately: Diagnose without examining you. Could be a host of reasons. Best to consult with a dentist if you haven't been to one recently and exercise very good oral hygiene including brushing your tongue. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My breath smells weird. Almost like when a person has their tonsils removed. Is this in any way a sign of brain tumor or cancer?

My breath smells weird. Almost like when a person has their tonsils removed. Is this in any way a sign of brain tumor or cancer?

Absolutely Not: The vehicle you are driving, commonly called a body, is fantastically complex engineering and most of what is going on inside quite hidden. While there are complex relationships between internal processes & outward appearances, odors, etc, what is near the surface is mostly a result of what is on the surface. The odor of our breath is a function of what’s in the saliva & bacteria living there. ...Read more

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Woke up in the middle of the night and had a metallic taste in mouth and hungry.. Had a heartburn but went away with water. Is this a sign of pregnanc?

Woke up in the middle of the night and had a metallic taste in mouth and hungry.. Had a heartburn but went away with water. Is this a sign of pregnanc?

Only if: These would be a sign of pregnancy only if you have had unprotected sex around your time of ovulation and you have missed at least one period. Take a home pregnancy test to see. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a metallic taste in my mouth when I run?

What is the cause of a metallic taste in my mouth when I run?

Multiple possibility: Running increases your blood presure and could be causing an underlying infection to exude into your mouth. This is often described as a metalic taste. Medications are exuded in the saliva and this is a possible source. A visit with your dentist is advisable. ...Read more

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I'm having a sweet tast in my mouth that comes and go. What is that?

I'm having a sweet tast in my mouth that comes and go. What is that?

Diabetes: Diabetes can cause a sweet taste in your mouth, especially if your control is not good. Are you a diabetic? There are other causes. Some infections can alter taste perceptions. So cam acid reflux disease. You should see your doctor about this. And get checked. ...Read more

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Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Not normally BUT: Never rule out cancer until you have seen a qualified health care professional to have a differential diagnosis made. Go with a written duration, time of day, diet, medication, family history, tobacco history. ...Read more

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There is a smell in my urine. No pain. I have loss of appetite and usually wake up with a funny taste in my mouth. What could it be?

There is a smell in my urine. No pain. I have loss of appetite and usually wake up with a funny taste in my mouth.  What could it be?

Get tested: you need to get tested you need to see a doctor that can examine you and test your urine and decide if you have an infection or not and if you need to be on antibiotics or not so please go and get tested good luck ...Read more

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Is a constant, ongoing bitter taste a sign of pregnancy?

Is a constant, ongoing bitter taste a sign of pregnancy?

No: Could be medicines or certain foods in the diet, see your doctor for review of any meds you take and other possible causes. ...Read more

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I have a constant taste of salt in my mouth what could be the cause?

I have a constant taste of salt in my mouth what could be the cause?

Varies: There can be many causes of abnormal smell from certain medications or vitamins someone takes to disease processes such as sjogrens, thrush, cancers, gingivitis, liver disorders. It is best that one seeks out the care of a physician to evaluate for medical conditions that can affect taste. ...Read more

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I suffer pain to feeling in my tongue was a nasty taste in my mouth and a strange pain in my tongue like a part of him coarse and puffy?

I suffer pain to feeling in my tongue was a nasty taste in my mouth and a strange pain in my tongue like a part of him coarse and  puffy?

See doctor: Do you smoke. Consider quitting. It can cause mouth and throat cancer. If you have white patches it could be thrush or a yeast infection of you r mouth. Some medications can cause a metallic taste as a side effect. You should see your doctor. Also some vitamin deficiencies can lead to sores in the mouth. Make sure you have a well rounded diet with fruit in it. ...Read more

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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