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Metallic Taste in Mouth - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Pregnancy

Updated on December 31, 2013

What is Metallic taste in Mouth?

The metallic taste that you have in your mouth can be associated with a variety of factors that can range from cancer, allergies to diseases such as kidney failure, pregnancy, dental problems, deficiency in certain vitamins, and more. When you are born you have approximately ten thousand taste buds but as you get older some of them begin to disappear. This is why children are more sensitive to particular tastes than adults are. Another interesting fact is that men have fewer taste buds than women. The medical term for have a distorted sense of tastes is dysgeusia.

Usually the metal taste will go away on its own within a few days without having to do anything about it.

Symptoms

Having a metallic taste in mouth will sometimes occur with other symptoms or it may occur by itself. Some of the symptoms that may go along with the metallic taste may include:

  • Gums that bleed
  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Salivation that is excessive
  • Changes in facial movements because of a facial nerve dysfunction.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sense of smell that is poor
  • Vomiting
  • Inflamed or swollen tonsils

There are some cases in which the metallic taste in mouth can indicate a condition that is serious or life-threatening and should be evaluated immediately. Some of the symptoms that can occur with either of these types of conditions may include:

  • Any changes in confusion, consciousness, or alertness
  • Having the inability to swallow
  • A fever higher than one hundred one degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drooping or paralysis of the face
  • Having breathing or respiratory problems such as labored breathing, choking, wheezing, not breathing, or difficulty breathing.
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Sudden swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth.

Causes

Having a metallic taste in mouth can be caused by any condition, disease, or disorder that interferes with the process of taste. This can include aging, the common cold, neurological disorders, smoking, etc. Some of the more serious reasons for having this type of taste can include autoimmune disorders and chemical poisonings. Some of the neurological disorders can also cause be serious. Some medications can also cause this metallic taste. It can also be caused by breathing through your mouth causing a dry mouth.

Some of the infections that could cause metallic taste in mouth may include:

  • Sinusitis or nasal infection
  • Infections of the salivary glands
  • Sore throat also known as Pharyngitis
  • Viral infection
  • Strep throat

Some injuries or trauma that could cause a metallic taste may include:

  • Biting or burning your tongue
  • Nose, mouth, or head injury

Other causes and medications may include:

  • Having Bell’s Palsy
  • Having braces
  • Dental problems such as surgery or gingivitis
  • Inflammation of the tongue known as glossitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Brain damage
  • Radiation therapy to your neck or head
  • A deficiency in zinc or vitamin B12
  • Antibiotics
  • Bronchodilators
  • Lithium
  • Copper toxicity
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Lead or mercury poisoning

Treatment

The treatment that is needed to take care of the metallic taste in mouth depends on the cause of this taste. Some of the ways that you can take care of this taste are:

  • When you brush your teeth make sure that you are also brushing your tongue to help lessen the metallic taste in mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth with a solution of eight ounces of water to which you have added a teaspoon of salt.
  • You can also rinse your mouth with a solution of water and one fourth teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Eat raw condiments like cinnamon and cloves in tiny portions to give you a temporary relief from this taste.
  • Maintain a strict dental hygiene which includes brushing your teeth two times a day and flossing at least once a day.
  • Mix a small amount of baking soda with a little salt and sprinkle this on your toothbrush. Brush with this mixture at least once a day.
  • Use mint toothpaste when brushing your teeth.
  • Drink a lot of water during the day
  • Eat foods that have been prepared or marinated with vinegar such as sauces, pickles, etc.
  • Drink citrus juices like orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, etc.
  • Chew gum

If nothing seems to help, or it is appearing to get worse, it is best to talk to your physician to make sure what is causing this metallic taste in mouth and that there are no serious conditions that are causing the taste.

During Pregnancy

For some women, have a metallic taste in their mouth is the first sign of pregnancy. This change in taste happens because of the fluctuations of hormones in their body at this time. It is believed that the estrogen hormone is what is responsible for controlling food cravings and taste so when this particular hormone begins to fluctuate it can considerably change the taste. It can cause a pregnant woman to have an unpleasant taste in their mouth and make them ore sensitive to certain tastes.

Another reason that a woman might experience a metallic taste in mouth is the close relationship between smell and taste. During pregnancy a women can develop an acute sense of smell causing their sense of taste to go through a significant change. The hormone fluctuation is the strongest during the first trimester so this is when most women have the change in taste and will usually go away during the second trimester. There are some pregnant women who will have this metallic taste in mouth during the whole pregnancy. If this happens some physician’s believe it is due to acid reflux. The prenatal vitamins can also cause a metallic taste in some women who are pregnant. In some cases the cause is unknown why a woman has a metallic taste in mouth when they are pregnant.

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      Alexisgottago 2 years ago

      he LISTENED to her talkWhat?!?!?! Where did EG say that? Who is claiming that? If what you are saynig is true, who is EG? Please note that I think you're just making shit up at this point to create evidence to fit your pre-determined crime'.In getting on an elevator at 4am, if a man were to hit on me, the first thing which would go through my mind is to wonder what he will do when I say e2€˜no thankse2€™You have a fear of elevators and come-ones, so maybe we should have separate elevators for the sexes, maybe if you wear a burka too, that will let men know not to come on to you ever. And I do mean ever, not just in elevators since the very offer itself seems to terrify you. Your fear is unreasonable, in that most come-ons are not ones that turn into rape if you say no. I doubt most rapes even start with an offer, since that would imply they are asking if you consent. Why would most rapists even ask?As an example of unreasonable fears, look what happened to Watson. EG offered politely and then he accepted no' with no fuss at all. See? Not every cigar is a penis out to rape you. Just because you had a bad experience in an elevator, does not mean everyone else has too. Rapes have also happened in places like homes, sidewalks, restaurants, etc. Shall we just ban all non-rapey come-ons due to the fact that someone somewhere might have bad associations with a come-on that became a rape in homes, sidewalks, restaurants, etc? How about we just ban all come-ons? Oh yeah, that bitch Watson scared two conferences into changing their rules to exactly that, listing non-harmful sexual talk in with the rules against ACTUAL harassment/assault etc. What's next? Do we take along our fathers and swear chastity until we marry? You guys are turning into a prudish religion with all your thought crimes.______________tl;drEG is not responsible for YOUR fears, which are unreasonable ones,______________Greg: Who said you guys had any pre-bias against Dawkins? Well, one of you further up did, but so what? What's your point? All you're saynig to me is that you've based your hatred on just this EG non-crime he did. That makes me think even less of you than if you did have some sort of previous run-in. Speaking of which, whoever did mention it above, was probably referring to another event that Dawkins commented on months previous to EG, one where he used what is now one of my favourite phrases hysterical twaddle , perfect for situations of indulged, manufactured radfeminist victimhood. That was from when Jenny McWrong went waa waa at a conference with yet another manufactured victimhood complete with weepiness in the bathroom and you said female instead of woman waaaaaaaa . Gag.By the way, were you drunk or just brainwashed when you wrote this?The brownshirtesque masses of clueless self serving middle schoolish immature testosterone poisoned bullshit (along with ite2€™s handmaidens of the there are gender issues but my gender issues victim-less victim cheer-leading brigade) is what I find embarrassing, disturbing, and worth calling out and identifying for what it is.Gwen: If you think this is something to masturbate over, then it's YOU who should go find a room. No one else here has said they are getting horny over this, so what the fuck?Stephipoopoo said:Also, that demand thing? Dawkins offered an apology if things were explained to him.What you're not getting, is that no one was able to give him an explanation that was apology worthy. By the third page of those original EG threads at PZ's, there was still no good reason for him to not still think of it as zero bad', and I totally agree. EGuy was NOT responsible for Watson's fear. He didn't even do the least of bads. He politely offered and accepted the decline of that offer. Yet you guys are slut shaming him and rape shaming him. I'm sure Dawkins would have apologized if the situation was actually a bad one, like if the guy got mad or harassed her by trying to talk her into changing her mind, but none of that happened. No rape, no harassment, no assault of any kind (verbal or physical). What the fuck is Dawkins supposed to apologize for? The truth, which is that zero bad happened? Come on, that's ridiculous. Even if you pull the tone troll method of saynig waa waa he was sarcastic , that was far far outweighed by the vitriolic attacks the pharyngulites pounded him with. What the fuck is HE supposed to apologize for? There's no grounds.There were other things I wanted to reply to, but it was to things that just stood out as stupid and/or outright lies and evasion on the part of Stephanie and Greg. I can only roll my eyes and move along to the next insane sentence. The funniest one though is Greg saynig:Are you arguing that Ie2€™m supposed to do something that you have in your head that Ie2€™m supposed to do or else Ie2€™m doing it wrong?Let's redo that EG style for LOLs and giggles:Are you arguing that Ie2€™m supposed to do something (not ever come on to someone if it's in an elevator at 4am) that you have in your head (potential rape!!!!!! help!!!!) that Ie2€™m supposed to do (never offer coffee or sex, you should have read her mind that 4am elevators scare her) or else Ie2€™m doing it wrong? (obvious wrong, EG, you didn't read her mind, what's the matter with you?)

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      rajesh kumar chhimpa 3 years ago

      Thanks for so much good information

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Excellent and most informative. Thank you.

      Graham.