Advertisement

 

doctorslounge.com

 
Powered by
Careerbuilder

 

                    Home  |  Forums  |  Humor  |  Advertising  |  Contact
   Ask a Doctor

   News via RSS

   Newsletter

   Home

   News

   Conferences

   CME

   Forum Archives

   Diseases

   Symptoms

   Labs

   Procedures

   Drugs

   Links

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

   Specialties

   Cardiology

   Dermatology

   Endocrinology

   Fertility

   Gastroenterology

   Gynecology

   Hematology

   Infections

   Nephrology

   Neurology

   Oncology

   Orthopedics

   Pediatrics

   Pharmacy

   Primary Care

   Psychiatry

   Pulmonology

   Rheumatology

   Surgery

   Urology

   Other Sections

   Membership

   Research Tools

   Medical Tutorials

   Medical Software

     
 
 

 Headlines:

 
 
 

The Doctors Lounge - Primary Care Answers

"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Primary Care Answers List

Forum Name: Oral and dental diseases

Question: Salty taste


DonnaRae - Thu Dec 23, 2004 7:25 am

I have for the past month had a bad taste in my mouth and it also seems salty. When I touch the sides of my mouth with my tongue it seems salty. It is almost like it excretes in a large amount off and on.
Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Dec 24, 2004 11:04 pm

What you are experiencing is an abnormal sensation in the tongue. Most of the authorities associate taste and smell together all the time so what you might think is related to taste could actually be related to smell.

Taste and smell dysfunctions have several causes
1. Common cold and influenza.
2. Nose and throat infections.
3. Dry mouth.
4. Smoking (especially pipe). Do you smoke?
5. Vitamin B-12 or mineral (like zinc) deficiency.
6. Gingivitis.
7. Drug side effects such as antithyroid drugs, Captopril, griseofulvin, lithium, penicillamine, procarbazine, rifampin, vinblastine, or vincristine.
8. Sjogren's syndrome (Dry mouth and eyes associated with some autoimmune diseases).
9. Bell's palsy (Paralysis of the nerve going to the face causing facial droop). Does not sound like it in your case.
10. Here's one more really unlikely possibility: Since sensation ultimately resides in the brain, the problem could be upstairs. Migraine, Epilepsy and brain tumor all come to mind, but each of these would be exceptionally rare explanations for your problem.

I would advise you to see your doctor and have an examination of the nerves of your face, nose, ears, throat and tongue if your symptoms persist or worsen, or if your symptoms appear to be associated with other unusual symptoms.

Check a doctor's response to similar questions

send to a friend

 

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a doctor or a nurse?

Do you want to join the Doctors Lounge online medical community?

Participate in editorial activities (publish, peer review, edit) and give a helping hand to the largest online community of patients.

Click on the link below to see the requirements:

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 



We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.
We subscribe to the HONcode principles. Verify here

Privacy Statement | Terms & Conditions | Editorial Board | About us
Copyright 2001-2007 The Doctors Lounge. All rights reserved.