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What causes loss of taste post an accident?

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Posted on Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Question: I hit my head on a cement floor 3 months ago. I can't taste anything and my four topfro t teeth hurt
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please let me know some more information

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for using Healthcaremagic to ask medical help.
I read your question carefully.

Can you please kindly give some more explanation about the type of trauma?- In which part of the head did you hit your head? How did you fall? Did you had other symptoms after, like sleeping for some time after?

Also, about your symptoms now- did this problem with the taste started right after the incident? What about the pain in the teeth? When was the last time that you visited a dentist?
Has the problem with the taste started immedicately or it developed gradually?

Every answer of these questions are important for me to understand what is really going on and so I can advise accurately what to do next.
Also, let me know, if there is anything else that I haven't asked but you think it may be relevant.

Looking forward to your follow up question.

Kind regards,
Dr. Papaqako


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Follow up: Dr. Klarida Papaqako (5 hours later)
I fell washing dishes at work,hit directaly on the back of my head.
The problem with the taste and my teeth started after the fall.

I haven't been to a dentist in several years but I have very healthy teeth.





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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Some possible causes and next steps suggestions.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for the follow up question.
There is a difference in the possible cause and treatment of your problem depending on if the problem started immediately or gradually, and also if the problem is severe (you taste nothing at all- called ageusia, or if you taste things but differently then before- called dysgeusia).

There are many causes which cause one or the other. As I understand from your description, in your case it has started suddenly after you hit your head. In this case you need to consult a local neurologist, who will need to do a physical exam and a MRI, to check for brain hemorrage which might have caused this loss of taste, and together decide the type of treatment.

If I have understood wrong and you still have some taste, or you are tasting things not in the way you should, then the first thing to rule out are problems like gingivitis, thrush in the mouth and tonsillar problems. All these can be ruled out by a dentist consultation. I think that these are most possible, since you have also the pain in your teeth.

But if these are ruled out too, and your dentist sees nothing problematic, then other things to rule out are zinc deficiency, Vit B12 anemia, lead or copper poisening, ect.

Hope this helps.
Let me know if you have other questions or concerns.

Kind regards,
Dr. Papaqako
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What causes loss of taste post an accident?

Brief Answer: Please let me know some more information Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for using Healthcaremagic to ask medical help. I read your question carefully. Can you please kindly give some more explanation about the type of trauma?- In which part of the head did you hit your head? How did you fall? Did you had other symptoms after, like sleeping for some time after? Also, about your symptoms now- did this problem with the taste started right after the incident? What about the pain in the teeth? When was the last time that you visited a dentist? Has the problem with the taste started immedicately or it developed gradually? Every answer of these questions are important for me to understand what is really going on and so I can advise accurately what to do next. Also, let me know, if there is anything else that I haven't asked but you think it may be relevant. Looking forward to your follow up question. Kind regards, Dr. Papaqako