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Extreme Salty Taste in Mouth

keep_the_faith
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After jaw cancer surgery 20 months ago and radiation and chemo 11 months ago, my mouth has become extremely salty. The salty taste is all day long. I drink water all day long but nothing helps. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

NJR
Posts: 82
Joined: Oct 2011

everyone here but me had that problem but I had no sense of taste at all. I could however smell saline solution in a sealed bag or syringe if a nurse brought one into the room. The only other way I could identify salt for the longest time is that it set my mouth on fire just as any other spice or seasoning would.
You are definitely not alone with that one.

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Hal61
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This was recently discussed a bit. Just look down the page for "salty taste" I believe. Do you have ohter tastes? If not, it may not be that everything is salty, only that your taste buds for salt are the only ones working. It should pass as other buds kick in.

best, Hal

keep_the_faith
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Yes, I can taste other food but things sweet don't taste that sweet to me anymore. How many months does it take for the saltiness to go away. It seems like I have had it forever. I began tasting salt in my mouth eight years ago...this is when they took the biopsy for cancer under my tongue.

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longtermsurvivor
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Joined: Mar 2010

Which paralyzed half my tongue, but left me with a salt taste on the numb side. Go figure. This has gotten worse since startingg chemotherapy. Especially drinking water is annoying, because it tastes like sal****er.

Nothing for it. I simply have to ignore the problem.

best

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sweetblood22
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Yes, it was just awful and that salty taste lasted a very long time for me. It's still there to some degree, because I do not eat any processed foods, or any salt on my food, because most anything savory, still taste like it has salt in it. When I first started to eat again, which was not for nine months after radiation, savory foods were pretty much inedible for me, because they just tasted like pure salt. I drank a lot of ice cream mixed with BoltHouse Farms drinks for a very longtime.

keep_the_faith
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Joined: Oct 2011

It looks like I'm just going to have to live with this. Milk does help for awhile, but then the saltiness comes back.

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Hondo
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Wish I could tell you what it is but I just don’t know. Sometimes when my Wife juices for me I ask her please don’t use any salts. She looks and says I don’t put salts in juice, oh I say then why does it taste so salty. Then she will try some and say it don’t taste salty to me it taste like juice.

Just another side affect oh well.

Hondo

keep_the_faith
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Joined: Oct 2011

Like I told Sweet, it looks like I'm going to have to live with the saltiness. I did call my doctor today but he's in surgery all day. He's suppose to get back to me tomorrow afternoon. I hope he can give me some suggestions to counteract this taste. It's really bad.

P.S. I am starting to eat pureed food now and am cutting up canned peaches which slide down my throat. I did read an article that Medicare will pay for the Dynasplint. When I see my doctor in January I will ask him about this device and see if I can get a prescription.

Anne

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Hondo
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I am glad to see something working for you and that you are able to get some food in your mouth. I do like the Dynasplint a lot better then the Threabite so hope they will prescribe it for you.

Wishing you the best
Hondo

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