What other symptoms might occur with a metallic taste?

A metallic taste may occur by itself or with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that may accompany a metallic taste include:

  • Bad breath

  • Bleeding gums

  • Change in facial movements due to facial nerve dysfunction

  • Dry mouth

  • Excessive salivation

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Poor sense of smell

  • Stuffy nose

  • Swollen or inflamed tonsils

  • Vomiting

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a metallic taste can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in consciousness, alertness, or confusion

  • Inability to swallow

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Paralysis or drooping of the face

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking

  • Slurred speech

  • Sudden swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue

What is a metallic taste?

A metallic taste is a distorted sense of taste in your mouth. A metallic, bitter or foul taste in the mouth is also referred to as dysgeusia.

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What causes a metallic taste?

The taste process involves thousands of sensory neurons embedded in your taste buds and in the uppermost part of your nose (olfactory system). These neurons signal what you are eating and tasting to your brain.

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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.

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