• when do a person get there tast budds back

    Asked by candy252002 on Monday, April 29, 2013

    when do a person get there tast budds back

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had radiation to the neck and jaw area and lost mine for about 2 months. After I was done with the treatments I got my taste back after about a month. Good question, it happens to a lot of us. Hope you get yours back soon.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      It is really nice getting the taste buds back to normal. It's a gradual return. I'm 4 months since last chemo and mines pretty much normal. I would say it started about a month after. Enjoy!!

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      It took until about 6 months after I stopped chemo to get them fully back.. that was just this past Feb. If you can get an acupuncture treatment , that seemed to help me. I also noticed when I got a cold around Christmas they got worse, the doctor said this is called "recall" - your body reacts and remembers a state it was in when treatment occurred. Be patient and eat healthy!

      over 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I finished chemo Feb. 18th. & I got my taste buds back by the end of March beginning of April. Hope you get yours back soon!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Thanks4Mayo's Avatar

      I was w/o taste after treatment for a few months. It's still somewhat blunt after a year, but I can at least taste. My ENT advises that until (if) my saliva comes back (which he pegs at another year), taste won't fully recover. FYI, zinc sulfate tablets seemed to accelerate my recovery early on, and I've heard the same from other oral cancer survivors.

      over 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      My taste improved 10 days or 2 weeks after each of my chemo treatments, which were 3 weeks apart. But also my ability to taste seemed to generally decline over the course of my chemo treatment. Now I am 6 or 7 months past chemo and taste seems to be okay. I suspect that it is continuing to gradually get better, but it's been at a tolerable level since 4 to 8 weeks after the end of my chemo treatments. Just hang in there. Eat whatever you can tolerate while your taste buds are wonky. It will get better.

      over 4 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Mine came back to life in 2wks after every chemo treatment. I'm out of chemo a few weeks now and no issues in that regard!

      over 4 years ago
    • candy252002's Avatar

      thank you all

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I always drink water, but during chemo it tasted like salt water. YUCK! I had to mix water with juice or flavored vitamin water. My last chemo was August 16. I wrote in my journal on Sept 9 that water tasted normal again. It's the little victories that mean so much during this experience. Good luck with everything:)

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      @Thanks4Mayo, how are your saliva glands doing now? I am 4 years out from radiation for SCC, tonsil, and I am still trying to get the saliva glands going. Just started taking my slobber pills again. I quit taking them a couple years ago because they weren't working. I think I'm getting a little slobber going I think, slow but a little bit. Taste is good, need to stop eating though. *blimp*

      over 4 years ago

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