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Ageusia – Everything You Need to Know

Have you noticed a few changes in your sense of smell recently? Do you lose your interest in eating or experience unexpected weight loss? Then perhaps you might have a health issue called ageusia. This can be a permanent or temporary condition, depending on the underlying cause. Read on the article to know a few important facts about ageusia.

What Is Ageusia?

Ageusia is a medical term for the absence of taste functions, especially the inability to distinguish saltiness, bitterness, sourness, and sweetness. The condition can be specific, partial, or total. Many people often confuse it with anosmia, which is the loss of smell functions. Compared to other taste disorders like dysgeusia or hypogeusia, ageusia is quite rare. Since taste and smell are important for our nutrition and safety. The condition can significantly reduce the quality of life. A loss of taste can also indicate the presence of other underlying metabolic or neurologic issues. [1]