• How do you get rid of bad taste after treatment?

    Asked by Glenda on Saturday, November 26, 2011

    How do you get rid of bad taste after treatment?

    The First treatment, he said everything taste bland but he did not really complain of bad taste, this time, he is not doing the same. He just is not eating hardly at all, and complain of awful taste.

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      i rinsed my mouth with pure lemon juice to help get rid of weird tatstes so i could eat

      almost 5 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      Sour candy balls work...our hospital actually has them all over the place...or if you don't like that, then a minty candy or gum...

      almost 5 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      I chew a lot of sugar-free mint gum. The added benefit is the sorbitol used in the gum helps a little against the constipation that you sometimes get from treatment.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had bad tastes in all three of my treatments. I found nothing that I could do. I just tried to find something that didnt taste funky that I could eat, and survived on that. It's tough, no easy answer, bottom line, he has to get nutrition even if it's through ensure. Keep pilin on the calories. Good luck in your treatments!

      almost 5 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      During chemo, I developed mucositis (mouth ulcers/sores), so hard candy was out. I have heard others recommend it highly. Taste is often affected, and saltiness (or 'metallic' taste) was the dominant sensation in my case. Saliva tasted salty. Even fresh water tasted salty. The milk shakes/protein drinks seemed to have gotten around this, especially when consumed through a straw, as that partially bypasses the taste buds. However, I get the sense that this sensation is not confined to the taste buds themselves, but may be the effect of a deeper alteration in body chemistry.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol55's Avatar

      I don't think you can get rid of it but you can sometimes find foods that aren't as offensive. I mixed pure cranberry juice with water because I couldn't even stand to drink water. Filtered water can help. Foods with strong flavors are helpful while you eat them but there is always a strong aftertaste. I agree that sugar free mint gum has been great. Accidently found out that the children's fruit chews also appeal sometimes. Chicken soup usually goes pretty well, especially home made. Keep trying. It is probably the second most frustrating thing about chemo second to hair loss!! Hang in there. And be prepared for what goes well one week, to seem horrible the next. ( I really miss hot tea and wine...both taste horrible to me right now!) Thinking of you as you find a solution!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar

      Lemon drops help.

      almost 5 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      I just read somewhere a few days ago that if you don't have mouth sores yet to suck on sour candy as in like indy said lemon drops anything that is citrus because it keeps the saliva in your mouth and it doesn't dry out that is why we get mouth sores is from dry mouth.
      Going to try when I get to the store and see if it helps.

      almost 5 years ago
    • collinsb01's Avatar

      I too experienced the bad tastes. For me what worked today might not work the next day. I also noticed that strong odors affected how I ate. Anti-nausea pills prescribed by my Dr. helped a lot. With taxol and carboplatin, I had a rough time. My tongue felt like a metal bar in my mouth. During that time, what worked for me were: fruit, yogurt and juice smoothies; Fresh vegetable and fruit juices using a juicer; fresh summer fruit; foods that were not highly seasoned and that did not have a strong odor. I try to avoid citrus fruit and juices because of the acid content.

      My experience with taxotere is a little different. While I still have a problem with my taste buds, it seems that different areas of the tongue are affected. I now find that I must be careful because I seem to want way more salt than is healthy. Sweet foods do not taste good at all. I also experience less nausea. So I am now enjoying eating more regular meals.

      I found a toothpaste that helps with the mouth sores, so have only had that problem before finding it and when I ran out. But I do use lemon drops when I go through periods of dry mouth.

      As a caregiver, I know this is just as frustrating to you as it is to him. Just keep trying. See the nutritionist at the hospital or have your Dr. refer you to one. They can provide great info and even some recipes. I hope this info is of help to you. God bless you both.

      almost 5 years ago
    • retro1931's Avatar

      I drank a lot of Boost as it was smooth and went down easily. It didn't taste very good but I would drink it fast and hold my breath so as not to taste it. At least I was getting lots of calories and gained weight. After a month some foods still have that metalic taste, but find that vegetables and fruits aren't as bad as some.

      over 4 years ago
    • sos4you's Avatar

      Dill Pickles may alter the metallic taste sensation from chemotherapy drugs. Try it, it worked for me :)

      over 4 years ago
    • crystalc's Avatar

      chew double mint gum during treatment and then rinse your mouth out with bakeing soda and peroxide and water mixed in warm water this has worked very well with many of my family members when they went through treatment, and I pray that it works for you too, GOD BLESS YOU

      over 4 years ago
    • 2frogs' Avatar

      If you're talkng about the metallic taste try using plastic silverware. It helped me a lot.

      about 4 years ago
    • RobinMartinez's Avatar

      A couple of tips: Lukewarm to cold food will probably be easier for him.

      Do not use any (bare) metal in cooking or eating. Cooking in enamelware pots is okay if they are completely coated with no chips exposing the metal in any of the cooking surfaces. Otherwise, cook in glass pots or in the microwave. Use plastic utensils for cooking and eating. This helps reduce the metallic taste many patients complain about.

      Try not to subject him to the smells of cooking.

      Some people find there are tastes that work better for them (sweet, salty, lemony, for example). Emphasize those tastes. Some people find sucking on a lemon drop before eating helps normalize their taste sensation somewhat.

      If he is okay with sweet tastes, try doctoring a high-calorie liquid meal like Ensure or Boost by blending it with ice cream to make a milkshake. It helps the taste and adds calories. Many patients say the colder, the better!

      over 3 years ago

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