Dysgeusia is a condition characterized by alteration or weakening of the ability to perceive and distinguish flavors (tastes). The altered or weakened ability to recognize flavours can have several causes, such as: infections of mouth and tongue (which prevents the tongue to identify the flavours), neurological diseases (that prevent the brain to "decode" the flavours correctly), diseases of the respiratory apparatus, such as sinusitis or rhinitis (that prevent the nose to play its part in decoding of flavours).

What kind of diseases can be associated with dysgeusia?

Diseases that can be associated with dysgeusia are the following:

  • Mouth and tongue infections
  • Neurological diseases
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for dysgeusia?

In case of dysgeusia it is important to find out the underlying cause of the symptoms. The treatments depend on the cause and would be diversified if the origin of dysgeusia were a neurological one, mouth and tongue infection, rhinitis or sinusitis.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of dysgeusia?

In the presence of associated diseases (see list of associated diseases).