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I have this bad taste in my throat when I swallow. I only

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I have this bad taste in my throat when I swallow. I only get this bad taste when I swallow. I have tried saline solution trying to dry up whatever it is. Do you have any ideas of what may be the cause or what this may be? And if so, how to get rid of this annoyance. I am very aware of bad breath, etc. and I am afraid to talk to anyone for fear that this may be causing mine to be foul. Thanks
mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Acid reflux disease is the most common cause of bad taste and bad breath.

mysticdoc :

The acid can come up from the stomach affecting the tongue taste buds at night time.

mysticdoc :

We recommend a trial of omeprazole 20 mg daily for 6 weeks to notice the improvement.

mysticdoc :

You should see your doctor for a clinical evaluation as well.

Customer: what type of specialist would I need to see for this
Customer: Do I need a prescription for omeprazole?
mysticdoc :

Gastroenterologist

mysticdoc :

But you can see your GP first.

mysticdoc :

Omeprazole is over thecounter.

Customer: How would I know if I had acid reflux?
Customer: I do not experience any other symptoms besides the taste in my mouth
mysticdoc :

That is a typical symptom --bad taste and bad breath.

Customer: Ok, last question, how long do I need to take omeprazole?
Customer: Just til I notice an improvement?
mysticdoc :

6 weeks

mysticdoc :

you should see improvement within that period.

Customer: and no more after that?
Customer: is there an alternative to pills?
mysticdoc :

not usually required.

mysticdoc :

no alternative

mysticdoc :

watch your diet --avoid hot and spicy food.

Customer: can i crush the pill?
mysticdoc :

avoid simple carbs like sugar, dessert, cake etc.

mysticdoc :

follow a low fat diet.

mysticdoc :

it is a small pill.

mysticdoc :

you can

Customer: ok, thank you
mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


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