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...
Symptoms Airways and lungs
Breathing difficulty (from inhalation) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty) Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss Gastrointestinal
Abdominal pain -- severe Blood stools Burns of the esophagus (food pipe) Vomiting, possibly with blood Heart and blood
Collapse Low blood pressure -- develops rapidly Nervous system
Coma Convulsions Dizziness Drowsiness Headache Nervousness Staggering Stupor Weakness Skin
Burns Irritation Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
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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