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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have for some time had a very strong taste of SALT in my mouth and my saliva seems to be increased I have to keep swallowing to get rid of the saliva but the taste of salt persists My recent medical history is that I had my Gall Bladder removed last year but not without problems.
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Doctor :   Please give me few moments to go through your query.
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User :   OK
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender please ?
User :   70 female
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   May I know since when you are having this problem exactly ?
User :   July 2010
Doctor :   Oh, That is quite a long time.
Doctor :   How about your digestion or when you taste other foods for eg. sweet or sour , do you have those tastes and can you chew well ?
User :   After the operation I had a bad mouth infection, it was said it was caused by the medication I was given.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I can digest ok but do not taste the food and cannot eat anything sweet
Doctor :   Ok, But can I ask you why you cannot eat sweets?
Doctor :   Are you a diabetic ?
User :   not diabetic, sweet taste has gone.
Doctor :   How are your Thyroid levels ?
Doctor :   T3,T4,TSH ?
User :   They are ok, I was tested for this some time ago don't know the number
Doctor :   Usually the most important reason for Salty taste is Dehydration or Poor nutrition.
Doctor :   Are you getting dehydrated or not taking enough water ?
User :   I'm well hydrated drinking well and eat the right foods. But always have the salt taste
Doctor :   The second most important reason would be what you actually referred to Infection in your mouth... I will have to add that any infection to salivary glands like mumps in children or In adults Infection of Salivary glands or Sinusitis or even Dental infection can cause Saltiness in taste.
Doctor :   So I would recommend you a regular dental check up
Doctor :   1. Gargling after every meal with louth wash and warm water.
Doctor :   And getting your salivary glands checked up to see for infection ?
User :   I visit dentist twice each year and also since this has happened, he did not have an answer
Doctor :   Please get your Salivary glands examined by a Gastroenterologist.
Doctor :   He might actually help you .
User :   salivary glands have been checked and also for salivary stones
Doctor :   As I feel this is more of an infection that is still remaining in salivary glands
Doctor :   Ok.
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