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Your Tongue May Help You Distinguish The Upcoming Disease By The Unusual Taste In The Mouth

October 10, 2018

The human body has strong protective mechanisms and tries to notify us of any health problems immediately. Unusual taste in the mouth may indicate the illness beginning or serve as an alert of organs’ dysfunction.

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Today, we will try to figure out which unusual tastes warn you about the certain disease. In many cases, this can be a timely clue to the correct diagnosis.

1. Sweet taste

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Possible reasons:

  • violation of insulin production due to the increased amounts of sugar in food;
  • improper pancreas functioning;
  • regular stress. It also causes the increase of blood glucose, so people often experience sweetness on the tongue during strong emotional stress;
  • poisoning. When poisonous substances get into the body, they affect several systems simultaneously. This is often accompanied by the appearance of a sweet taste in the mouth;
  • problems with the nervous system. If the nerves are damaged, the brain is unable to process the incoming information qualitatively, which can be accompanied by a sweet taste in the oral cavity.

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The appearance of a sweet taste only suggests a possible harmful process. In case there are no other vivid symptoms, there is no need to make any foregone conclusions.

2. Sour taste

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Possible reasons:

  • digestive tract dysfunction. Many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are accompanied by an increased acidity of gastric juice;
  • pregnancy. The pressure of the enlarged uterus on the digestive organs causes the acid to be thrown from the stomach into the mouth;
  • pancreas dysfunction;
  • teeth problems. Many dental problems in most cases change the taste in the mouth, causing sour feeling;

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  • increased acidity of gastric juice;
  • violation of water balance, smoking addiction, fatty or low-quality products.

3. Bitter taste

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Possible reasons:

  • liver diseases. In this case, a bitter taste in the mouth is accompanied by a heaviness in the right hypochondrium;
  • gallbladder and biliary system dysfunction;
  • antiallergic medication;

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  • stress;
  • fatty foods abuse, which contributes to excessive bile formation.

4. Salty taste

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Possible reasons:

  • salivary glands inflammation. With various bacterial infections, the amount and chemical composition of saliva tend to change;
  • dehydration. Lack of water in the body also changes saliva composition, so it becomes more concentrated and salty;

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  • lack of proper oral hygiene;
  • oncological diseases. As a result of radiotherapy and anticancer drugs, taste buds are often damaged. This leads to unpleasant salty taste on the tongue.

The unpleasant taste in the mouth is only one possible symptom of various body disorders. In case it is accompanied by other bothersome aspects, you should immediately consult a specialist.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.