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Occasional Loss Of Taste
Smoking?: Most common is chronic damage to nerves of the nose and tongue from toxic exposure. Your complaints are very common for smokers or those who use asthma inhalers too much. Heavy metal toxicity can cause these symptoms. Lead, mercury and arsenic exposure can cause this. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more
Is loss of taste and smell normal with aging — or could loss of taste and smell have other causes?
Some loss of taste and smell is natural with aging, especially after age 60: Various other factors also can contribute to loss of taste and smell, however, including: Nasal and sinus problems, such as allergies, sinusitis or nasal polyps, Certain medications, including beta blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Dental problems, Cigarette smoking, Head or facial injury, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. Loss of taste and smell can have a significant impact on quality of life, often leading to decreased appetite and poor nutrition. Sometimes loss of taste and smell contributes to depression. Loss of taste and smell also might tempt you to use excess salt or sugar on your food to enhance the taste — which could be a problem if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. If you're experiencing loss of taste and smell, consult your doctor. Although you can't reverse age-related loss of taste and smell, some causes of impaired taste and smell are treatable. For example, your doctor might adjust your medications if they're contributing to the problem. Many nasal and sinus conditions and dental problems can be treated as well. If you smoke, quitting can help restore your sense of smell. If necessary, your doctor might recommend consulting an allergist, an ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist), a neurologist or other specialist. ...Read more
Need more info!: It depends on how much and how frequent the nose bleed is. Is it on one side or both? Frequent bleeding particularity in the presence of bleeding from other sites or having family history may warrant workup for bleeding disorder. Headache with nose bleed can be due to high blood pressure. Need to check with your doctor for history, examination and testing.. ...Read more
Anosmia: Taste is mostly dependent on the sense of smell. Loss of that sense is called anosmia. A very common cause is head trauma, due to shearing of the tiny nerves from the nose going into the brain through a perforated cribiform plate at the base of the skull. Sudden jarring can sever those nerves. There are other conditions and medications that can impair this sense, too. ...Read more
Are daily headaches, nausea, numbness in limbs, shortness in breath, weight loss, drowsiness and loss in appetite signs of cancer in teenagers?
See a Dr. : You need an evaluation. There are multiple symptoms and multiple possibilities here including symptoms resulting from poor lifestyle habits, like poor nutrition, poor sleep habits, even depression. Get checked out but stay calm. Cancer would not be high on the list. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can heartburn and stomach acid problems cause a loss of appetite and 30lbs of unintentional weight loss in 4 months?
Causes of diminished sense of taste w/ normal sense of smell? Can distinguish between sweet, salty, bitter, etc., but lost the true "taste" of foods.
Loss of appetite, loss of concentration, nausea, diffiulty with speaking, unexpected period, tiredness for 6 mts. Side effect of pill? anything other?
No stool passage, only mucus tension headache and loss of appetite and loss of weight. 20 y/o male. ?
Lots possible...: Symptomatology as you describe is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes may be present. Not all such problems are serious (e.g. IBS is possible), but you don't want to miss the problem that is. Your constellation of symptoms may or may not be related. Get checked please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots possible...: Symptomatology as you describe is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss the problem that is. Your constellation of symptoms may or may not be related. Get checked please. ...Read more
Doubtful: Your question is very concerning. You're a diabetic, you state you are sad, and you're just reported loss of smell and taste. These need to be worked up. Is it you antidepressant medication? This is infamous. Do you have nasal polyps? Easy to fix. If you are also B12 deficient, this is extremely serious and needs to be worked up and addressed. But it's probably not the cause. ...Read more
See a doctor!: If you're dizzy and losing consciousness, get off the computer and see a doctor! ...Read more
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