The development of any pathological changes in the functioning of the digestive tract can trigger a change in taste buds, the formation of various tastes and unpleasant aroma from the mouth. Human language is the most important organ responsible for the perception of the taste of the consumed fluid and food. In some situations, the external state of the language and the change in its taste perception may indicate the development of a certain pathology in the gastrointestinal tract and may be the basis for making a preliminary diagnosis.
How does the oral cavity react to pancreatitis?
In the oral cavity, the processes of digestion of food originate; it is here that the foodstuffs ground with the help of teeth turn into a kind of lump and mix with saliva.
With the development of pancreatic disease in the pancreatic cavity, problems with salivation may occur, due to which its amount will be reduced several times and dry mouth will be formed.
No less often patients have bitterness in the mouth with pancreatitis, indicating the development of this disease against the background of progression of gallstone disease or cholecystitis. In some cases, patients receive an acetone odor from the oral cavity, indicating the progression of the intoxication process in combination with dehydration and an increase in the concentration of glucose in the blood.
Not infrequently, patients complain of the appearance of the bitter smell of bile, which occurs when it is thrown into the cavity of the stomach and esophagus during the development of the chronic form of pancreatic disease, which develops against the background of pathogenic diseases of the gallbladder and biliary ducts.
It is also worth noting that patients may also have a metallic taste in combination with heartburn and a feeling of peritoneal distention. At the same time, it can hurt in the area of epigastria, which indicates an acute attack of pancreatic disease of a chronic nature.
A reduced level of secretion of saliva during the development of inflammation in the pancreatic cavity very often provokes the formation of a feeling of dryness in the mouth during pancreatitis, especially after a meal. The formation of such symptoms is preceded by several of the following factors:
- Against the background of a stressful situation and the formation of a painful shock, an increase in the concentration of cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones), provoking the formation of a dry sensation in the oral cavity, is popularly said: “the throat is dry”.
- Insulin deficiency, which occurs with the progression of the inflammatory process in the cavity of the parenchymal gland, leading to an increase in the concentration of sugar in the blood plasma, provokes a feeling of thirst and dryness in the mouth.
- If a patient is diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, then its characteristic symptomatic manifestation is a high intensity of discharge of vomitus with a developing intoxication process and dehydration of the body against the background of an increase in body temperature, which also contributes to the sensation of dryness in the oral cavity.
- The chronic form of pancreatic disease of the parenchymal organ is accompanied by the development of diarrhea, which, with an increase in its intensity, provokes the development of dehydration, a characteristic manifestation of which is also a feeling of dry mouth.
The formation of a feeling of dryness in the oral cavity is a bright symptomatic symptom indicating an intense progression and exacerbation of chronic pathology in the cavity of the parenchymal gland.
How to deal with dryness
Dry mouth or dry mouth can remind oneself not only after eating food, but also a couple of hours after a meal, especially if the patient's daily diet mainly included fatty and high-calorie food or lenten meals.
In order to combat dryness, it is necessary to take measures to increase its production, namely:
- drink as much water as possible, tea, infusions and decoctions of herbs,
- you can chew gum, or eat sugary candy without sugar,
- It is recommended to select only fluorine-containing agents as mouthwashes for the oral cavity,
- the use of all salty must be minimized,
- completely eliminate tobacco smoking and drinking,
- to carry out the respiratory act through only the nasal cavity, the mouth is not recommended to be connected to the breath, as it is not worth drying the already salivary glands,
- if the air in the room is too dry, then specially designed humidifiers are used to increase the humidity level,
- There are also pharmaceuticals designed as a saliva substitute, but before using them you must first consult with your doctor.
It is possible to treat dryness in the oral cavity through the use of folk remedies, namely it is recommended to do the following:
- Every 60 minutes, use ten drops of echinacea alcohol tincture, but not more than 60 days.
- At each meal, season the food with red chili pepper, containing in its composition a component such as capsaicin, contributing to enhance the health of the salivary glands.
- It is recommended to dissolve small pieces of ice.
- Completely exclude from the diet of rusks, loaves, nuts and dried fruits.
- Regularly lubricate the surface of the lips with hygienic lipstick or a balm with a moisturizing effect.
Taste for inflammation of the pancreas
Taste in the mouth with pancreatitis can have a sweet, sour and bitter character. Also, with this pathology, patients often have the strongest fetid odor from the mouth, which cannot be eliminated with rinse aid and toothpaste.
The sweet nature of the taste in the mouth with pancreatic lesions of the parenchymal organ is formed due to insufficient insulin production and an increase in glucose concentration in the blood plasma.
After a certain period of time, a sourish taste can be added to the sweet taste against the background of the action of microorganisms on the elements of glucose, which later under the influence of enzymatic substances begins to be converted into lactic acid. Here, the formation of a salty taste in the mouth may occur with certain provoking factors.
The formation of sour taste may occur against the background of the progression of a reflex disease, in which everything that enters the stomach begins to break down under the action of acids and then is partially thrown into the cavity of the esophagus and pharynx.
Manifestation of pain in the pancreas and bitterness in the mouth at the same time detected during the course of pancreatic disease with pathological disorders in the cavity of the gallbladder and biliary ducts.
Let us consider in more detail the various tastes in the mouth that appear with the progression of inflammation of the parenchymal gland.
The progression of inflammatory processes in the parenchymal organ often, as mentioned above, begins to develop against a background of cholecystitis or gallstone pathology, in which the bile, when clogged bile ducts, is thrown into the pancreatic cavity, causing an irritant reaction of its tissue structures. It is against the background of these pathological processes in the human body that there is a feeling of bitterness in the oral cavity and the formation of yellow plaque on the surface of the tongue.
Such an effect, when it begins to taste bitter in the mouth, can be caused by developing diarrhea, which causes dehydration of the body and occurs in most cases when the chronic form of the inflammatory disease in the pancreas worsens.
Why is there a sweet taste in your mouth?
The sweet taste in the mouth during the development of pancreatitis occurs on the background of carbohydrate imbalance and the simultaneous cessation of insulin production, which ensures the processing of glucose. Insufficient insulin concentration leads to the accumulation of sugar in the composition of the lymphatic fluid, whereby it enters the oral cavity.
Sweetish sour taste
Over time, the sweet character of the taste is replaced by a sour aftertaste. Such a change occurs because the microflora of the mouth contains a certain set of microorganisms that are capable of fermenting glucose elements with molecules of lactic acid.
It is important to remember that when there is an excess of lactic acid in the oral cavity, dental diseases can become more active and begin to progress, therefore it is very important to regularly visit the dental office during the development of a pancreatic disease and timely eliminate all defects on the teeth.
Do not forget about the daily hygiene of the oral cavity. After all, if teeth are not constantly cleaned, a favorable environment is formed in the mouth for the growth and development of pathogenic microorganisms, which begin to damage the enamel on the teeth and provoke the development of caries, plaque and tartar. The resulting dental calculus, has a pathological effect on the health of the gums, loosening them, there is an increase in the intensity of the development of vital activity of microorganisms that affect all components of the oral cavity and pharynx, including the tonsils and salivary glands. The pathogenic effect of bacteria on the salivary glands leads to a change in saliva, which becomes salty.
Sour taste can also be added to the light sweet aftertaste in violation of the microflora in the intestinal cavity. In such cases, the use of even salted foods can provoke the appearance of a feeling that everything is not salty and tasteless.
How to get rid of the taste in your mouth?
It will be possible to get rid of the sweet taste only by drastically adjusting the daily diet and observing a special diet, which excludes all spicy and fat dishes, as well as food with salty taste and alcoholic beverages. It is also necessary to constantly monitor the concentration of sugar in the blood, in order to timely prevent the likelihood of diabetes. In most cases, the attending physician selects a complex of pharmaceutical preparations aimed at eliminating the main reason for the formation of mouthfeel and unpleasant odors.
It is also recommended to systematically load your body with exercise or work. But do not forget about the full rest.
Maximum exclude stressful situations from your life and learn how to resist them. A regular treatment in the spa areas will help prevent the exacerbation of pancreatic disease and the emergence of various tastes and all the accompanying symptoms.
Causes of dryness and bitterness in the mouth during pancreatitis
Dry mouth or xerostomia usually occurs when stopping or reducing the production of saliva. This symptom can manifest itself in the pathology of the salivary glands, as well as in other serious organic diseases, which include chronic biliary pancreatitis. The inflammatory process in the pancreas is often caused by cholecystitis or cholelithiasis (ICD), when the bile as a result of impaired outflow is introduced into the organ, irritating its tissue. In this case, bitterness and yellow on the tongue is added to the symptom of dryness.
Often the bitterness and dryness felt in the oral cavity, become the first messengers of the disease of the gallbladder and its ducts, as well as the accompanying chronic pancreatitis.
Inflammation of the pancreas is accompanied by digestive disorders due to a malfunction in the body's excretory function and insufficient nutritional enzymes. Patients with pancreatitis often suffer from diarrhea, which leads to dehydration and a feeling of dryness and bitterness in the mouth.
In chronic pancreatitis, the inflamed and swollen pancreas does not produce enough insulin hormone in the blood, so the glucose level in the bloodstream increases, exceeding the allowable rate, which causes thirst and drying in the mouth.
Breath due to inflammation of the pancreas
Bad breath or a symptom of an unpleasant, foreign, often fetid odor from the mouth in medicine is called the term halitosis. The causes of this phenomenon are of two types:
- physiological (morning smell from the mouth before brushing your teeth or breathing after eating garlic or onions),
- pathological halitosis, caused by a disease of internal organs. This syndrome is observed in a quarter of the world's population. Neither chewing gum nor refreshing sprays are able to cope with this problem, which significantly reduces the level of the patient's full life.
In chronic inflammation of the pancreas in a patient's breath, a persistent bitter smell or a sweetish smell of acetone may be observed, indicating a disease of the gallbladder or an increased concentration of glucose in the bloodstream.
Taste in the mouth for pancreatitis
Taste in the mouth of a sweet character appears when the body's carbohydrate balance is disturbed and the production of insulin, which processes glucose, is inhibited in parallel. The lack of this hormone involves the accumulation of sugar in human lymphatic fluid, thereby penetrating into the oral cavity and this is possible with pancreatitis. The pancreas in this period there is an increased vulnerability and its endocrine portion, consisting of pancreatic islets, becomes inflamed. The taste in the mouth can be sour-sweet - in this case, the movement of enzymes responsible for the breakdown of food consumed is disturbed in the diseased organ.
Violation of the pancreas, and with it the intestinal microflora, causes the patient some discomfort, namely sour mouth, heartburn, nausea, heaviness in the abdomen. When the acidic contents of the stomach get into the digestive tract, the pancreas is modified, and the human diet is the precursor to this. Everyone has chances for a full recovery if during a disease at the initial stage a person turned to a gastroenterologist for help. In order to prevent the need to adjust your menu, after consulting with a certified dietitian.
In the initial stages of the disease, patients note the appearance of a sweetish taste in the mouth during pancreatitis. Many do not attach importance to this phenomenon, but over time this feature begins to annoy. The cause of this symptom is an increased amount of sugar in the blood and lymph, which inevitably affects the concentration of glucose in the saliva. Since the body does not synthesize insulin in sufficient quantities, the sugar that has entered the blood cannot enter the tissues.
Depending on the condition of the patient and the degree of neglect of the disease and associated diseases, the taste in the mouth may be different:
- sweetish - the cause is a high level of glucose in the body's biological fluids,
- acidic - appears when glucose is converted into lactic acid under the influence of bacteria or when gastric contents are cast into the oral cavity and esophagus,
- bitter is a sign that gallstone disease has joined pancreatitis.
Causes of taste
The feeling of sweetness in the mouth is a signal that indicates a violation of carbohydrate metabolism and a decrease in insulin production.
If you have such a symptom, you should immediately contact the therapist and endocrinologist in order to undergo a comprehensive examination and prevent the development of diabetes, as well as its serious complications.
The sour taste, caused by the vital activity of bacteria in the oral cavity, indicates the need for a quick visit to the dentist, because lactic acid damages the tooth enamel, causing them to spoil. If the cause of this phenomenon is different (reflux), then the consultation of a gastroenterologist is indispensable, since in this case gastric contents are thrown into the oral cavity and esophagus. This symptom is characteristic of gastritis and, with inattention to their health, the disease may be complicated by the development of a stomach ulcer.
The taste of bitterness in the mouth with pancreatitis occurs in 1/5 of patients and indicates a concomitant pathology of the gallbladder and biliary tract. The mechanism of violation is as follows: bile gets from the intestine into the stomach, which normally should not be. Upon contact of bile with the receptors of the tongue, a taste of bitterness arises. Accompanying symptoms of diseases of the biliary tract are pain and heaviness in the right hypochondrium. There is an increase in such manifestations of the disease with significant violations of the prescribed diet: after eating fatty and salty foods, generously seasoned with spices.
When the smell joins
In addition to the sensation of various kinds of taste in the mouth, patients suffering from acute and chronic pancreatitis are bothered by bad breath and dry mucous membranes of the oral cavity. The pancreas is no longer able to produce the required amount of insulin, which is the main cause of dry mouth and thirst. In addition, dehydration, which develops due to the tendency to diarrhea in chronic inflammation of the pancreas, is also the cause of insufficient moisture of the mucous membranes.
By itself, breath is rarely a consequence of pancreatitis. Only with a high level of sugar in the blood, people around you may notice that when speaking from a patient, he smells like acetone. In the presence of pathology of the biliary tract, the patient may experience a peculiar smell of bile in the mouth, which has a bitter tint. With the beginning of the deterioration of the teeth under the influence of the lactic acid of the patient, a putrid odor may suffer because of the beginning of the processes of tooth decay. This causes a lot of inconvenience when communicating with others.
How to eliminate unpleasant taste and smell in the mouth during pancreatitis
Elimination of both unpleasant taste and smell from the mouth during pancreatitis should be aimed at eliminating the cause. In order to correctly influence the symptoms and achieve the desired effect, one cannot do without the results of laboratory tests and instrumental examination. Considering the obtained tests, the doctor prescribes an appropriate therapy, the purpose of which is to remove the inflammatory process in the pancreas.
Drugs will not have the desired effect if their intake is not combined with the following rules:
- rejection of bad habits,
- good rest,
- moderate regular physical activity
- following the rules of nutrition for pancreatitis,
- adherence to the prescribed diet during periods of acute pancreatitis.
In addition, it is recommended to avoid stressful situations and regularly visit a doctor. Sanatorium-resort treatment extremely positively affects the condition of patients and allows you to restore strength and normalize the condition of the body. Overload and accelerated pace of life is prohibited in diseases of the pancreas. You should not disregard such symptoms as taste in the mouth or an unpleasant smell, since otherwise diabetes can develop, which will aggravate the condition and impose even greater restrictions on the future life.