Chemotherapy may cause changes in your taste and smell. Foods may taste bitter or rancid, and you may develop a dislike for certain foods. Many people report that their food tastes metallic. This happens because chemotherapy alters the receptor cells in your mouth that tell your brain what flavor you are tasting or what odor you are smelling. These symptoms can continue as long as you are under treatment. Your senses of taste and smell usually return to normal weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Learn more about the causes of changes in your sense of taste or smell and how to manage them.
How to eat if you have changes in your sense of taste and smell:
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try ones that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nause...
Have you felt like your mouth – whether it’s the tongue, palate, lips or the entire area -- is being scalded? Or have you had the sensation of having a dry mouth and felt increasingly thirsty? Is your mouth sore? Have you seen a change in your sense of taste in that things seem more bitter or metallic? Have you lost your sense of taste?
If so, you may be suffering from burning mouth syndrome – and menopause may be part of the reason that you’ve developed this condition. While uncommon among the general population, burning mouth syndrome does tend to strike women as they go through the menopausal transition and then when they are postmenopausal.
Burning mouth syndrome can last for months or even years. The discomfort often begins during late morning, peaks in the evening and then subsides at night. Some people may experience constant pain while other people report that their pain ebbs at times. Furthermore, many people who have burning mouth syndrome also experi...
My local Coop recently sent out a newsletter that included a picture of some roasted vegetables. My mouth started watering.
Then I thought a bit. Has my diet changed so much that I now crave vegetables, or was I just hungry? So I tried some photographs of other foods.
Hamburger and fries. Ho hum. Didn’t look good at all.
Chocolate milkshake. I could probably drink that, but it would be too sweet for my current tastes. Not mouthwatering.
Blueberry pie. That was always my favorite, and I’ve often said that if we heard that a comet was heading for Earth so we had only 24 hours before Earth exploded, I’d bake a blueberry pie and eat the whole thing. But would it really taste that good? Again, it would be too sweet, and I can cook blueberries and add a touch of fake sugar plus roasted almonds for crunch. Who needs the pie. Better to spend those 24 hours doing something else. Maybe converting to a religion that guaranteed an afterlife with a mon...
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