• How are people dealing with loss of taste?

    Asked by Charlieb on Sunday, January 8, 2012

    How are people dealing with loss of taste?

    Starting two weeks into chemo I lost most of my sense of taste. I am now into my second round and everything "tastes" the same; anyone eat Poi? Eating is really becoming a chore even though I keep trying to be upbeat and just eat what everyone else is having. How are other people dealing with everything tasting disgusting?

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    • turbineman's Avatar

      I lost my taste for 18 months, smell lost as well. I have been using Nasonex spray, two sprays once a day, and I have much of the tasting back again. Not everything and not easy to guess what I can taste and smell. Eggs are a strong taste and some stronger tasting items I don't get at all. Still can't taste gasoline, but that is fine!


      over 8 years ago
    • jekoontz's Avatar

      I first noticed a change or loss of taste about six-months into my original treatment - Velcade, Dex, etc.. We have a favorite salad place here in Sacramento and I thought they had put the wrong dressing on my Caesar Salad. Over time only very spicey food had any taste at all, but by then I was losing me appetite as well. Stargely I found cottage cheese and mandarin oranges to be satisfying and practically lived on them for a year or so. During the healing process after my transplant I found things started to taste in a familiar way. Fortunately for me my taste buds seem to have recovered and my enjoyment of very spicey foods has remained. I'm sure we're all different in this, but though frustratingly long, my taste returned.

      over 8 years ago
    • 2ndChance's Avatar

      I'm not sure if there really is anything that can be done. I loss all taste for food myself and I went through 5 rounds of chemo. I also had the problem with a metallic taste so I switched to plastic dinner ware. One thing that helped a little bit was sour candy. I was having treatment during my second round when the man beside me told me to try sour candy, specifically Lemon Heads. It does help a little bit but its not a cure and not everyone likes sour candy. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

      over 8 years ago

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