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Why do I have a metallic taste in my mouth when i cough?

Side effect? : Antibiotics, antifungals, thyroid meds, high blood pressure meds and lithium are known for creating metallic taste in mouth. Contact your pharmacist or doctor. If you are being treated for periodontal disease as using Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) try drinking orange juice. If it continues see you doctor to rule out illness. ...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


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Sometimes when I'm sick my uvula sticks to my tongue and I gag or it just feels like there's something in my throat. Why does this happen?

Sometimes when I'm sick my uvula sticks to my tongue and I gag or it just feels like there's something in my throat. Why does this happen?

Uvula: You may have a large uvula Or a sensitive gag reflex or both. Do u snore? Some times it will flap in the wind as you sleep, have your dr look and tell team about your worries. You can google large uvula and look at images to see if one matches yours. Some Picts may make u gag! ;-) ...Read more

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What does it mean when i taste blood or have a metallic taste in my mouth?

What does it mean when i taste blood  or have a metallic taste in my mouth?

Several reasons: . The tinny, sharp taste can be caused by such things as smoking; an injury to the head, nose or mouth; a nutritional deficiency or even pregnancy. Some people experience a metallic taste in the mouth after taking a multivitamin or other dietary supplement. It can be a symptom of a serious medical condition, most often a metallic taste in the mouth is caused by a dry mouth or harmless situation. ...Read more

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Why do I get a metal like taste in my mouth? Its really strong after i brush my teeth?

Why do I get a metal like taste in my mouth? Its really strong after i brush my teeth?

Dysgeusia: There are several reasons or factors that could alter the sense of taste or what we call dysgeusia . It could be the result of hormonal imbalance , using certain vitamins , having cold , sinus infection or candida infection .You could counter that feeling by consuming citrus juices like lemonade or consuming food marinated in vinegar . If that feeling persists please see your dr. ...Read more

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Why is it that whenever i cough or sneeze my brain would hurt? And whenever i swallow my saliva my throat hurts too .

Why is it that whenever i cough or sneeze my brain would hurt? And whenever i swallow my saliva my throat hurts too .

Sinus?: Sounds like you either have allergies or a upper respiratory infection. If you are sneezing & congested it's likely the sinus pressure is making your "brain" hurt. Allergies and uri's can also directly cause throat inflammation or lead to inflammation from post-nasal drainage or mouth breathing. If your headaches are worse then you've experienced before or worsening you need to be seen asap. ...Read more

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When I do the swallowing reflex i taste a bad smelly taste in my throat?

When I do the swallowing reflex i taste a bad smelly taste in my throat?

Possibly tonsils: You could have crud in your tonsils that smells and tastes bad. Try gargling with listerine a couple of times a day. If it continues see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have bad breath, when i swallow, i taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth. its an everyday thing too.

I have bad breath, when i swallow, i taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth. its an everyday thing too.

Bad breath: Bleeding, foul odor, excess mucus may be interrelated. To eliminate your symptoms you need a Dentist to help you find the cause, or causes, and select the appropriate treatment. If gums infected may need Periodontist. If sinus/throat infected may need ENT. But start w Dentist, and start now, before problem gets out of hand. ...Read more

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After i workout excessively my tongue tastes funny like an acidity why's that?

After i workout excessively my tongue tastes funny like an acidity why's that?

Reflux of acid: You may be having reflux of acid from your stomach. See your doctor and get tested for the H. pylori infection in your stomach. ...Read more

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I have bad breath, when i swallow, i taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth.

I have bad breath, when i swallow, i taste blood, and mucus, which leaves a gross taste and smell in my mouth.

Post nasal drainage?: These symptoms of tasting blood and mucus when swallowing and bad breath can be caused by a viral infection of the throat (pharyngitis). They can also be caused by post-nasal drainage (PND). PND can be caused by allergies or an infection. Try OTC allergy meds like a steroid nose spray and an oral antihistamine. If not helping, see doc. ...Read more

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Why is it that everytime i blow my nose i can't taste or smell anything but something burnt?

Why is it that everytime i blow my nose i can't taste or smell anything but something burnt?

Recent cold?: Sometimes a cold or viral infection of the nose can cause temporary changes in the function of your nose and sense of smell. This is usually temporary but if you are having other symptoms such as yellow mucous or cough you should see your doctor. If this persists for more than a few days consider seeing an ear nose and throat doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my throat hurt when I swallow and it feels like I have mucus whenever I swallow ?

Why does my throat hurt when I swallow and it feels like I have mucus whenever I swallow ?

Dr. can check throat: New 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). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Why does my mouth taste like butter? I have brushed my teeth and used mouthwash also has me me vomit.

Why does my mouth taste like butter? I have brushed my teeth and used mouthwash also has me me vomit.

Prof cleaning\exam: I know what butter tastes & feels like but not sure what you are trying to express. If you mean that your mouth doesn't feel clean, then i would suggest you see your dentist who can personally examine you and see what's going on. You should be brushing and flossing & using a tongue scraper. Rinses may be helpful but are not necessary. See your dentist for a professional cleaning and evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my throat hurt when I breathe in perfume?

Why does my throat hurt when I breathe in perfume?

Perfume: Allergy or reaction to alcohol or other chemical in perfume. Mucosal irritation or reaction. to Aerosolized substance. Check the ingredients. ...Read more

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Why does everything i eat taste strange when I have a cold or the flu?

Why does everything i eat taste strange when I have a cold or the flu?

See below: This is due to the fact that you have inflammation in the area where your sense of smell and taste arise and thus the perceptions can be altered due to the inflammation during the illness. It should resolve after the illness is gone. ...Read more

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Why does it feel like I am congested with air? Everytime i swallow it feels like in swallowing thick salavia and air.

Why does it feel like I am congested with air? Everytime i swallow it feels like in swallowing thick salavia and air.

Post nasal drip: You may have post nasal drip which can result from acid reflux and also from nasal allergies, see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I've recently went to the doctor & I have bronchitis. Now my cough has worsened & I have a horriable taste in my mouth like a metal!

I've recently went to the doctor & I have bronchitis. Now my cough has worsened & I have a horriable  taste in my mouth like a metal!

Antibiotic?: They may have given you an anti-biotic that causes nasty metal taste. The most common ones are biaxin (clarithromycin) and Flagyl (metronidazole), but if your cough is worsening you should let the doctor know, and get re-checked sooner to make sure not turning into pneumonia. ...Read more

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I am just getting over a nasty cold, and whenever I cough, I get a horrible taste in my mouth. Should I be worried?

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I am just getting over a nasty cold, and whenever I cough, I get a horrible taste in my mouth. Should I be worried?

Post-nasal drip: A common cause of bad taste is post nasal drip, which involves mucus secretions from your nose and throat. Successful treatment of the post-nasal drip will usually clear up the bad taste and other symptoms. See GP for evaluation. ...Read more

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My brother has had cough (bringing up stuff) for 6 weeks now has cold, cough worst plus slight pains in back and funny taste in mouth. Is this cold?

My brother has had cough (bringing up stuff) for 6 weeks now has cold, cough worst plus slight pains in back and funny taste in mouth. Is this cold?

Serious: Any ongoing productive cough would be considered to be severe bronchitis or pneumonia: a chest xray is mandatory as well as a physical exam. Please make an appointment ASAP. 6 weeks is simply too long!! ...Read more

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I have a sweet taste in my mouth when i cough, a strange thud like feeling in my chest when i exhale, and a sharp pain in my upper right chest?

I have a sweet taste in my mouth when i cough,  a strange thud like feeling in my chest when i exhale, and a sharp pain in my upper right chest?

Costochondritis: The sweet taste is difficult to explain. The pain in the chest with breathing is probably costochondritis . This is due to an inflammation of the chest wall after a virus or a common cold. It is usually self limited and responds to Motrin 800 mg 3 times a day with food. If it does not improve over the next few days get a chest X-ray to rule out a walking pneumonia. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Why do I have a metallic taste in my mouth when i cough?

Side effect? : Antibiotics, antifungals, thyroid meds, high blood pressure meds and lithium are known for creating metallic taste in mouth. Contact your pharmacist or doctor. If you are being treated for periodontal disease as using Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) try drinking orange juice. If it continues see you doctor to rule out illness. ...Read more

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What does it mean if i have a cough that leaves me with a horrible iron taste in my mouth. Is it related to my ashma?

What does it mean if i have a cough that leaves me with a horrible iron taste in my mouth. Is it related to my ashma?

It may be: Is it iron or copper that you're tasting? Different causes. Would be advisable to see your General Physician, a Pulmonologist, or an ENT. Bad taste can also be from infection in your mouth, such as infected gums. Better have your Dentist also take a look, especially if you don't floss daily. ...Read more

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Is it normal to taste what you cough if I cough from something that irritated my lungs like cigarettes I then taste that smell in my mouth

Is it normal to taste what you cough if I cough from something that irritated my lungs like cigarettes I then taste that smell in my mouth

Yes it is normal: When you cough microscopic particles of what ever is in your lungs gets brought up and is deposited on your tongue. Once these particles are on your tongue you taste them. ...Read more

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High level athlete. after full exertion race,i feel very uncomfortable burning sensation in right chest. very painful, hurts to breath. mouth tastes like blood and develop a persistent congested cough for 10+ hours.why does the body respond this way?

High level athlete. after full exertion race,i feel very uncomfortable burning sensation in right chest. very painful, hurts to breath. mouth tastes like blood and develop a persistent congested cough for 10+ hours.why does the body respond this way?

Post exertion: Strenuous exercise probably causes post exertional bronchial irritation and there may also be a type of exercise induced asthmatic cough as well. This may or may not be accompanied by some wheezing. A consultation with a pulmonologist would be helpful for diagnosis and treatment advice. Using a bronchial dilating inhaler like albuterol may prevent these post exertional respiratory tract symptoms ...Read more

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I've had chest pain and a cough among other flu like symptoms for six weeks. Dizziness and metallic taste in mouth after coughing. What is this?

Sinus infection: You sound like you've developed a sinus infection or acute bronchitis - you should see your family doctor to see if a course of antibiotics is appropriate. Take your temperature: do you have fever? Are you producing phlegm, either from your cough or your nose? If so, what color is it? ...Read more

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When i breath in or out i taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when i cough i feel like i'm coughing up blood but i'm not. Why is that?

When i breath in or out i taste blood in my mouth but there isn't any, and when i cough i feel like i'm coughing up blood but i'm not. Why is that?

Dental or medical?: Your problem might be as simple as a dental problem, i.e. Bleeding gums or a periodontal problem. Start there, and see your dentist to examine your mouth. If all looks ok, make an appt with your primary care physician for an full examination. ...Read more

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Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do ?

Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do ?

Acid Reflux: Your symptoms are Classical symptom suggestive of GastroEsophageal acid reflux and when you lie flat at night the acid can come up to the back of throat and make you cough.Pain and hurt in the back can be caused by the cough. Have you had any past symptoms of acid reflux like heartburn at times after eating a big fatty meal, orange juice, alcohol etc.I suggest you get it checked by your Doctor ...Read more

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I been having a dry cough with a metallic taste in my mouth plus some whizzing what does that mean?

I been having a dry cough with a metallic taste in my mouth plus some whizzing what does that mean?

Reflux?: The metallic taste can be from acid reflux, which is a common cause of dry cough. Rarely, refluxed acid can be inhaled causing airway irritation and wheezing. Both potential diagnoses of GERD and asthma should be explored by a physician. ...Read more

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Very bad taste in mouth for 3 weeks. No cough. Nothing unusual, just bad sinuses. What is it?

Very bad taste in mouth for 3 weeks. No cough.  Nothing unusual, just bad sinuses. What is it?

Bad taste: Perhaps you have a sinus infection with bad tasting post nasal drip. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

What can symptoms of dry cough, chest tightness, weird taste in mouth indicate?

URI: These symptoms suggest an infection of the upper respiratry tract-probably viral. If there are fevers, sweats, worsening cough, more chest discomfort on inspiration, wheezing, get checked for more serious bacterial infection including pneumonia. Otherwise take a nonprescription cough syrup for soothing relief. ...Read more

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Dx'd with PNA 1 week ago and given Z-Pak, which was finished yesterday. Still gurgling cough and metallic taste in mouth. Still infected?

Dx'd with PNA 1 week ago and given Z-Pak, which was finished yesterday.  Still gurgling cough and metallic taste in mouth.  Still infected?

Depends: Depends on if you have other symptoms of infection for example Fever/chills elevated white count. If cough is productive you should get sputum cultures done. Repeat CXR to document resolution of pneumonia, also not every cough is pneumonia and viral infections are tend to be more common in this season and not treatable with Abx. Recommend flu test and discuss with your primary. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more