Dysgeusia Symptoms and Remedies

Why do I have a Metal Taste in My Mouth?

Dysgeusia, is “one of those pregnancy things” your mother of doctor hasn’t warned you about. Dysgeusia is a change in your sense of taste likely caused by pregnancy hormones. It may cause you to hate a food that you normally love, or enjoy foods you normally dislike. Sometimes it can cause a sour or metallic taste in your mouth, even if you’re not eating anything.

How do I get rid of this metallic taste?

If your dysgeusia is caused by your pregnancy, try these remedies:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Remember to brush your tongue along with your teeth, and regularly use mouthwash.
  • You can try to prevent that metallic taste before meals by rinsing your mouth with a combination of ½ teaspoon of salt and a ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.
  • You may be able to prevent that metallic taste with acids such as citrus juices like lemonade, or foods marinated in vinegar.
  • Eat what you can. Don’t feel bad if you have to avoid certain foods.
  • Change your prenatal vitamin. Some cause metal mouth more than others.

Above all, don’t worry. You won’t hate foods you used to love forever. Dysgeusia is most common during the first trimester. As your hormones begin to settle down in the second trimester, your taste buds should return to normal.

 

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Resources:

UT Southwestern Medical Center: 5 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Not Know About