What's causing the yucky taste?
July 4, 2008 8:29 AM Subscribe
I have a cold, and my mouth tastes yucky. What specifically is happening?
posted by Melismata to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
While having this mild chest cold, my mouth tastes like sour dirty socks, with a flavor of what's coming up in my chest and very magnified by whatever I've just eaten. (Throat a bit sore, but not too bad; no other symptoms.) What is the connection between the virus causing the cold and the taste buds/olfactory nerves acting weird? What is going on here physiologically/anatomically?
(With some colds I get a metallic taste, but not this one; the sourness seems to be the overriding distinction.)