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Dysgeusia

Homoeopathic treatment for Dysgeusia

Dysgeusia is an altered sense of taste. It has a variety of different triggers. Some of the causes—like the common cold—resolve on their own, while others—like dementia—are chronic illnesses. 

Taste distortion is typically very noticeable. Most people with this condition describe very specific and unusual tastes. In some cases, when it is not clear whether you have an impairment of taste or smell.

It is also important to get a diagnosis for the cause of symptoms, especially if the cause of  dysgeusia isn’t something obvious—like a cold sore or pregnancy. Most conditions that impair taste, such as vitamin deficiencies, can be treated. And often, your sense of taste will improve after treatment.

 

Symptoms

An altered sense of taste can affect while some one eating or drinking and even when they are not consuming anything by mouth. Some people complain of a metallic taste, a bitter taste, a salty taste, or an unpleasantly sweet taste.

 

It can interfere with enjoyment of all or some foods, but it rarely causes nausea. And dysgeusia often causes aversion to certain foods. 

 

Associated Symptoms

Complications

When some one experience dysgeusia for a short time, they might develop a decreased appetite. they may lose weight—even if this problem lasts for only a few days. In fact, pregnant women who experience dysgeusia often lose several pounds. However, in a healthy person, appetite is restored once dysgeusia resolves, and most people gain their weight back again. 

When taste distortion is caused by a long-term condition, such as diabetes1 , gastrointestinal (GI) disease, or a stroke, it can result in malnutrition. Some people lose weight.

With dysgeusia may not necessarily lose weight, but can develop a preference for unhealthy foods, which results in malnutrition—even without weight loss.

Causes

There are numerous causes of dysgeusia. Some of these are related to changes in the mouth, such as a dry mouth, dental problems, or chemotherapy, while others are based on changes in the neurological aspects of taste sensation, such as pregnancy and migraines. 

Common temporary causes of dysgeusia include:

Chronic Illnesses

There are a number of medical conditions that result in an impaired sense of taste. Several of the medical conditions that interfere with taste sensation also interfere with the sense of smell, and it can be difficult to distinguish which of these senses is impaired. 

Common medical illnesses associated with impaired taste sensation include: 

 
 

Chemical Exposure

Chemical toxin exposure also can impair sense of taste. Chemicals in pesticides, cosmetics, detergents, and industrial environments can enter system through skin, mouth, or nasal passages. 

 

Diagnosis

The diagnostic evaluation of dysgeusia is based on determining whether some one have an altered sense of taste and identifying the cause.

 

There are several diagnostic tests that can be used to evaluate taste. Some of the examinations involve measuring your response upon  exposure to certain tastes. Other tests evaluate nerve function. 

  • Taste-threshold test 
  • Taste-suprathreshold test
  • Taste-quadrant test
  • Flavor discrimination test 
  • Electrogustometry
  • Gustatory event potentials 
 
 

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Natrum Mur – For Cases of Cold, Nasal Allergies

Natrum Mur is a leading medicine for managing cases with reduced smell or loss of smell from cold, nasal allergies. People needing it have a history of severe colds with clear white  copious nasal discharge. With this, violent and frequent sneezing is complained about. Sometimes they have alternate fluent nasal discharge with nasal stoppage. In most cases loss of taste is complained along with loss of smell where this medicine is indicated.

Pulsatilla – From Recurrent Cold

This is another suitable medicine to manage reduced / loss of smell. In persons needing it, a tendency of recurrent colds may be present.  Most times they have thick yellowish, greenish nasal discharges. These discharges can have an offensive odour. Their nose feels blocked in the evening. Most times they have loss of taste and appetite too along with smell loss.

Calcarea Carb – Due to Nasal Polyps and Frequent Cold

It is a well-indicated medicine for cases of loss of smell from nasal polyps. Along with polyps a tendency to have frequent colds is also present in persons needing this medicine. They may have alternate nasal dryness and blocked nose with yellow offensive mucus. They may also have ulceration or scabs in the nostrils. 

Teucrium – From Nasal Polyps 

This medicine like Calcarea Carb is well indicated for cases of decreased or loss of smell from nasal polyps. The symptoms that are present along with smell loss are stoppage of nostrils, crawling sensation in nostrils, discharge of green scabs from the nostrils.

Silicea – For Cases of Chronic Cold and Sinusitis

It is the next beneficial medicine for cases of diminished or loss of smell. Persons needing it usually have a tendency of chronic cold and also sinus inflammation / infection. The symptoms that they frequently have along with smell loss includes complete stoppage of nose, sore scabs in nostrils,  fetid offensive green or yellow pus like nasal discharge and pain in forehead. They also have loss of taste along with smell loss.

Kali Bichrome – In Cases of Inflamed Mucus Membrane of Nose and Sinus

Kali Bichrome is a very useful medicine for cases having putrid smell from the nose. In such cases chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of nose and sinus is usually present. For using it the symptoms other than putrid smell are dryness of nose, blockage of nose, pressure in root of nose and tough ropy discharges dripping from back of nostrils into the throat.

Lemna Minor – For Cases with Nasal Polyps 

This medicine is most helpful for foul smell in the nose, in the presence of nasal polyps. There may be presence of nasal polyps in cases requiring it. Other than foul smell the symptoms to look for using it are stopped nose, discharge of a crust / pus like discharge from nose and frequent sneezing attacks.

Graphites – For Foul Smell like Burnt Hair 

Graphites is an excellent medicine to treat cases in which a person experiences a bad smell from the nose, as from burnt hair. They also have discharge of thick, yellowish, offensive mucus from nose  and stoppage of nose. They may also have hard masses, dry scabs or crusts in the nostrils.

Phosphorus – For Increased Sensitivity to Smell (Especially Flowers)

It is a top grade medicine for cases where the sensitivity to smell is increased. Persons needing it may particularly have a very heightened sense for the smell of flowers which can even cause fainting in them. In them there may be long standing inflammation of the nasal membrane. Along with this sneezing may also be present. There can be fluent nasal discharges alternating with nasal blockage. Apart from above it is an excellent medicine where nasal polyps are present especially the ones that bleed easily.

Hepar Sulph – When Vertigo Appears with Increased Smell Sensitivity

It is the next well indicated medicine to treat cases with high sensitivity to smell. Along with this vertigo may be present. Few other attending symptoms are nasal stoppage in morning and thick pus like discharge from the nose that can be sometimes blood tinged.

Colchicum – For High Sensitivity to Smell mainly of Cooking Food

This medicine is also of much help when a person has increased sense of smelling. He is mostly highly sensitive to the smell of cooking. Additionally he may have sneezing and crawling in the nose. With this he can complain of long lasting nasal discharges that are thin. 

Antimonium Crudum – For Reduced Sense of Taste

This medicine is significant to treat cases having lowered sense of taste. A peculiar symptom that attends is thick, milky white coating on the tongue. With this the  borders of the tongue may be red and the mouth can be dry.

Borax – For Complete Loss of Taste 

Borax is the next important medicine to manage this condition. It is indicated when  a person doesn’t get any taste of food. Additionally he may have oral thrush (fungal growth in mouth). The main  symptoms that he has are white fungal patches in mouth, heat in mouth, tenderness in mouth and dry cracked tongue.e.t.c