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Phlegm Metallic Taste
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more
I have had chest congestion for close to a week. My symptoms have gotten significantly better; however I am still coughing up deep brown / slightly red tint to the brown phlegm, specifically in mornings and evenings. I also have an odd "metallic" taste
Do not ignore: Discolored mucous may be blood. Metallic taste may be blood. Seek care ASAP. ...Read more
Metallic mouth taste:
There are many causes for a metal taste in the mouth. Most are systemic and need a internal medical consult to find the answer. They will check diet meds topicals, etc that may be involved.
The mouth often reflects conditions elsewhere in the body. Pay attention when our body sends up this kind of signal. It is important. ...Read more
I have had a cough for three weeks after moving to Seattle from NY. No allergy history, good amt of phlegm and rash cough. No metallic taste?
Since your cough has persisted for more than two weeks, it needs to be evaluated. A physician should listen to your lungs with a stethescope and examine your ears and throat. A lung or bronchial infection, new onset asthma or sinus drainage are just three possible causes for a persistent cough. ...Read more
I am having a metallic taste in my mouth and a worsening"hacking/phlegm" cough. In case its relevant, I am also taking Zoloft (sertraline) and Claritin for allergies. What should I do?
Probably phelgm: Mucous secretion due to that produced in the upper sinus passages and upper airway as well at that produced in the lower respiratory tree can drain into the back of the mouth and when tasted, can have a metallic taste pending the type of infection, some blood and if mixed with medications, food and other ingestants, give the metallic taste. If this doesn't clear with "wellness" get checked out. ...Read more
Productive cough for week with metallic taste in mouth and wheeze on exhale. Worse when lying down. No fever. Require doctor visit? Started like cold.
More history: Usually "dysgeusia" with an odd metallic taste is from taking medications (even calcium carbonate) or "just happens" & is never explained. I trust you are otherwise well & do not have occupational exposure to lead, mercury, or cadmium. Try running floss across your tongue, and using plastic utensils. ...Read more
Several things: Most common dental cause is a draining tooth or gum abscess. Next common is a reaction to some medication. Sinus infections draining pus can do this too. B & c vitamin deficiencies and zinc deficiency may be associated withbmetallic tastes. There are many patients in whom no cause of metallic taste can be found. See your dentist to rule out dental infections as your first step. ...Read more
a side effect of many medications. It is not a serious condition and is quite common. If it persists beyond a few weeks, consult with your physician or dentist. Make sure you are maintaining good oral hygiene. ...Read more
Dysgeusia: Is a change in your sense of taste due to a variety of causes; from medication you may be taking to dental problems. In your case pregnancy-related (estrogen) changes in your sense of smell may also lead to dysgeusia. With Geographic tongue people may notice they have a“bitter” or “metallic” taste in their mouths. Good luck. ...Read more
Metallic taste: Many times this taste is a result of gingival bleeding. If your gums are red, swollen and /or bleeding, this would explain the taste. As was mentioned, medications can aslo alter taste. In other cases, problems with the middle ear can cause a tast alteration often presenting as a metallic taste. ...Read more
Might be GERD:
Be sure to have your doctor check you out for gastric reflux - your dry cough may be the result of irritated tissue in your throat. Stomach acid can create small patches of throat lining that are inflamed and cause a chronic cough. Metallic taste can also be from stomach acids on your taste buds.
One common reason for gerd is sleep apnea, so if you snore, ask questions about that also. ...Read more
Bleeding gums: Bleeding froma cut or from periodontal disease can cause a metallic taste. So can mineral and vitamin deficiencies, hormonal and diabetes can also be a cause. If you have. It seen a dentist recently you should start with a dental exam and teeth cleaning. If your mouth is healthy then your primary care can help you fins the answer. ...Read more
Bacteria/virus: That taste comes from the bacterial/viral bodies in your sinus and throat and even in the rough surface of your tongue. Should go away with the cold. ...Read more
She doctor: There are many things that can cause these symptoms. See your doctor for an evaluation and find the cause and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Difficult to even: Begin to speculate a diagnosis. Best to be evaluated by your pcp for an exam and labs to better be able to render a diagnosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I have a metallic taste and feel like I have travel sickness all day :- (been like this for about 5 days?
Difficult to diagnos: Without more information. Probably best to be checked out by a physician given that it hasn't resolved. ...Read more
Sick with a cold and feeling better but have a metallic taste cough. What could this mean? Will it go away on its own? Is it serious?
Medications?: Some meds have side effects of a metallic taste... Are you on any for your cold? Google the meds you are taking and their side effects. ...Read more
For the past 24hrs have had a metallic taste. I had a b12 injection yesterday but have never had this reaction before. What could be causing it?
Dose too high?: Reported complication of B12 injection. May indicate too high a dose. Ask MD who did the injection. ...Read more
Need more: History including existing medical condition, medical history, medications presently taking. ... Probably best to consult with your physician or dentist. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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