What other symptoms might occur with loss of taste?

Loss of taste may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the sense of taste may also involve other body systems.

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with loss of taste

Loss of taste may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system including:

  • Bloating
  • Cough
  • Heartburn

Salivary gland symptoms that may occur along with loss of taste

Loss of taste may accompany symptoms related to salivary gland disease including:

  • Decreased ability to open your mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Fever
  • Pain in your face or mouth
  • Redness over the side of the face or the upper neck
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling of the face or neck

Nasal and sinus symptoms that may occur along with loss of taste

Loss of taste may accompany symptoms related to nasal and sinus conditions including:

  • Fever
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose or nasal congestion

Nutrient deficiency symptoms that may occur along with loss of taste

Loss of taste may accompany symptoms related to deficiency of certain nutrients including:

  • Brittle nails
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Tongue changes

    Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

    In some cases, loss of taste may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have loss of taste along with other serious symptoms including:

    • Changes in vision or speech
       
    • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
       
    • Numbness on one side of the body
       
    • Weakness on one side of the body

    INTRODUCTION

    What is loss of taste?

    Loss of taste is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), salivary gland infection, sinusitis, poor dental hygiene, or even certain medicines. The medical term for a complete loss of taste is ageusia. A partial loss of taste is called dysgeusia. Loss of taste is caused by interruption of the transfer ... Read more about loss of tasteintroduction

    CAUSES

    What causes loss of taste?

    Inflammation and infection of the upper respiratory tract, sinuses, mouth, and tongue can result in loss of taste. Symptoms may arise from inflammatory conditions, infections, or diseases that affect the taste buds of the tongue responsible for the sensation of taste. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has a similar effect on the surface the tongue, which may be damaged by gastric acid and ... Read more about loss of tastecauses

    Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

    This Article is Filed Under: Mouth, Teeth and Oral Health