• Taste

    Asked by Millieq on Friday, April 26, 2013


    How do you get rid of the bad taste in your mouth.. ?It's horrible, and no matter what I eat I can't taste the food.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • cris' Avatar

      So sorry you are going through this, it happened to me too, I was only able to eat spicy food & sweets. That was the only time I could taste anything. Candy canes worked for me alittle to get that yucky taste out of my mouth. Try mints or peppermint patties that also worked for me too. I hope this helps, best of luck to you!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      A very good question MillieQ, it's a common problem, we actually have a blog post on our blog covering this very subject. I'm sure others will give their personal experiences, but here is the post to help you until you get more answers. https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/12-ways-to-battle-metallic-taste-from-chemo

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Zinc supplement 30 minutes before each meal. Hang in there!

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I did not have this problem but my friend, who is going through chemo now, does and she told me that Smoothies taste good to her and are kind to her sore tongue. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Oh boy, I can relate. Had this even for about 4 months after. What worked for me was Fruit Smoothies, with some Vegan (just stay away from Soy) protein powder and pineapple, mango, and strawberry. Also, craved oranges..cold and juicy..tasted pretty good. Hated the taste of tomato anything..sauces, pizza, in salads, etc. Also, anything with vinegar was nasty. Even my morning coffee that I love, was nasty. So depressing, but make sure you gets lots of fruits and veggies even if you have to drink them in a smoothie. Another refreshing treat were those Edy's all fruit popsicles. These help to also keep you hydrated as well. I found Fiji water to help nutralize my mouth--or an ionized water. Also, I got mints, and York pepperment patties. That gave me at least a few minutes of relief. Then, in Feb, I had my first accupuncture treatment and my taste came back. Now I find myself eating a bit too much and am focused to cut back, especially on sweets. I'd gotten used to the sweet stuff tasting better but it is a bad habit. So it will come back, just adjust for now to keep up your strength and immune system and keep hydrated.

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I've had Ensure Clear which has really helped me. I feel like I have this film in my mouth all the time, almost like first thing in the morning but all day long! The Ensure Clear comes in Peach and Pomegranate. A plus is its 9g of protein in a 10 ounce drink.
      Also, I use Biotene mouth rinse and Biotene gum. The gum is easy because I can have that anywhere. I have it scattered around the house, in my purse and in my car.

      over 3 years ago
    • Barron's Avatar

      the chemo drug I take made me lose my taste as well. Nothing tasted good except sweets.
      I have been going for acupuncture treatments and my taste is back! The only problem is that
      insurance does not cover the visits. But it is worth the cost to have my taste completely back after 4 visits.

      over 3 years ago
    • Canto's Avatar

      Everything had a sour "after-taste" in my case. I frequently brushed my teeth which helped. Chemocare.com is a helpful site, Look under Managing Side Effects and scroll down to taste or whatever symptom you're encountering. I wish you well and hope this passes quickly.

      over 3 years ago
    • Canto's Avatar

      Everything had a sour "after-taste" in my case. I frequently brushed my teeth which helped. Chemocare.com is a helpful site, Look under Managing Side Effects and scroll down to taste or whatever symptom you're encountering. I wish you well and hope this passes quickly.

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Is this because you are still going through chemo? I had that happen. Very spicy or strong flavored food was better for me. I still remember one night having pickles and olives for dinner because nothing else tasted good. I can only tell you that it did pass and eating strangely for awhile will not harm you. I am sorry you must deal with this, it really does suck. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      Something that helped me was Walgreens house brand, "Nice" sugarfree cinnamon disks candy. They covered up the icky flavor for me and their shape is very smooth so they didn't irritate my mouth. Also, warm water didn't taste bad, although cool or cold water did.

      It seems like everyone has pretty unique responses to taste and I hope all our suggestions will give you more things to try, so you can find a few that work for you. Find some way to keep taking fluids. Eat whatever you can stand to eat. This should get better.

      over 3 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar

      I found mint water to be really helpful. Get a sprig or two of mint, wash it well and let it steep in a carafe of water in the fridge - I found apple mint and peppermint tasted best - you get the minty taste but without the sugar or other chemicals in gum or soda. And I'm with SandiD - spicy food takes the blahs out of food if you can go with it. During my treatment, I swung between the blandest of bland and spicy hot food. Chicken soup or curries! It all depended on the day. You have to see what works. The good news, as others have said, is that your taste buds do get back to normal.

      over 3 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Yep, during chemo, everything tasted "off"! My brain didn't want to eat what seemed like it might be poison!!! HA! Even water tasted bad... I added lemon juice to my water which REALLY helped! Salty was easier than sweet.

      over 3 years ago
    • thestarr's Avatar

      I'm still having problems with a bad taste in my mouth and dry mouth. It's been two years since i've finished treatment. I've tried everything that has been written here and nothing has helped. I asked my doctor for treatment and we tried every prescription that he could think of......plus. Also my tongue still hurts. Sorry I can't be of help to you. I keep looking for an answer to this problem myself. I just have to take one day at a time, that's all we can do. Good luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • lola08's Avatar

      Fruit pops, peppermint & lemon drops were helpful!

      over 3 years ago

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