A metallic taste is not usually serious. It can be a symptom of many different things. Treatment will depend on the cause.
Common causes of metallic taste
|Cause||What you can do|
|Cause Gum disease||What you can do regularly brush your teeth, use dental floss, have a dental check-up every 6 months|
|Cause Taking medicine, like metronidazole||What you can do speak to a pharmacist for advice – do not stop taking your prescribed medicine without medical advice|
|Cause Cancer treatment, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy||What you can do eat stronger tasting food like ginger, spices and boiled sweets|
Colds, sinus infections and other airway problems
|What you can do the taste should go away once the problem has cleared up|
|Cause Indigestion||What you can do the taste should go away after treating indigestion|
|Cause Being pregnant||What you can do the taste is usually temporary and clears up by itself|
Sometimes a metallic taste can be linked to a problem with your sense of smell.
Non-urgent advice: Contact your GP if:
- the metallic taste does not go away
- the metallic taste has no obvious cause
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