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I LOST SOME OF MY TASTE BUDS FROM CANCER RADIATION. WILL I

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I LOST SOME OF MY TASTE BUDS FROM CANCER RADIATION. WILL I EVER GET THEM BACK. I CANNOT EAT ALL THE THINGS I USED TO EAT. IS THERE NYTHING I CAN DO
TO RETRIEVE ANY OF THEM.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for this question

I'm Dr. Phil and I'm ready to help

The radiation can definitely damage the nerves that control taste

They can regenerate up to a year or a bit longer

If it has been over 18 months I would say they are not likely to come back

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am a radiation oncology doctor.

I don't see that you had radiation 18 months ago?

there is some research that zinc supplements can help your taste buds come back.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3724372/

you can read more there.

have you tried zinc supplements yet?

when did you finish the radiation?

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