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Body gets hot while trying to eat and have loss of taste. What could be the reason?

Mar 2013
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Hi my wife for the past 7 days has no taste buds, when she tries to eat her body feels hot. She is only drinking water and juice and trying soup. She is not showing signs of being sick but feels tired many times.
Posted Sat, 23 Feb 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 hour later
Thanks for your health query.

The commonest cause of loss of appetite and loss of taste is fever or systemic illness. Since you particularly mention that she is feeling hot, you should consult your inflammation/infection. Liver disease , kidney disease, lung infections, or inflammation of any organ system causes such loss of appetite.

As she is 46, she might be experiencing peri menopausal changes, due to hormonal fluctuations, where she might be feeling tired, lethargic, has decreased appetite. This would be picked up by a gynecologist on examination and appropriate hormonal tests.

At times, if she is taking any medications, such as antibiotics or cough medications, they cause loss of appetite.

The preference for only liquids could indicate some esophageal disorder , which causes intolerance and aversion to solid foods. This would show up on consultation with a specialist and appropriate imaging tests for the esophagus and digestive tract.

Thyroid disorders, particularly hypothyroidism, cause decreased appetite.

Depression or psychological ailments directly are responsible for decreased appetite.

Very rarely, the onset of certain malignancies is associated with altered taste and decreased appetite.

Since the causes of her condition are various, please consult a Physician at the earliest for a thorough evaluation, and appropriate referrals, as well as thorough investigations.

Meanwhile, it is important to maintain hydration and nutrition, so increase the intake of fluids, soups, juices, milk with protein powder etc, while she gets evaluated.

Take care, and feel free to ask for further clarifications.
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