A variety of causes can impair taste sensation.
Please try to find the appropriate cause - a wide variety of causes exist for impaired taste. Many of the causes involve your respiratory system. Even if you do not have a diagnosed smell disorder, the temporary interruption of smell you experience during a cold or other respiratory illness can impair your sense of taste. The common cold, flu
, sinus infections, and throat infections such as strep throat
can all be factors in your experiences of impaired taste. Salivary gland infections may also cause your sense of taste to be? off? other causes of impaired taste include: smoking
gum inflammation (such as gingivitis
or periodontal disease
medication use (including lithium
, thyroid medications, and cancer
sjogren? s syndrome (an autoimmune disease that causes dry mouth
and dry eyes
or ear injuries
nutritional deficiencies, especially vitamin b-12 and zinc
disorders of the nervous system can also cause you to have an altered sense of taste. Nervous system disorders affect how your nerves send messages to the rest of your body. People diagnosed with certain disorders, including multiple sclerosis
and bell? s palsy, may experience impaired taste at times.