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Strange taste in mouth after strep throat--is this normal?

I just got over a strep throat last week, and I still have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it normal? When can I expect it to go away? Should I be avoiding certain foods and drinks?

7 Answers

Taste bud function can be compromised for two to three weeks. Do oral rinses with 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass of lukewarm water as needed. No smoking or alcohol.
Probably. Antibiotics and changes to the oral flora can do things like this. Doubtful that food/drink choices are important.
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Cannot answer the question without information about the patient.
Could be due to the antibiotics you took.
Did you take any?

Dr. Peter Catalano
Usually it takes 3 months after strep throat gets cleared to get taste back


Dr Pradeep Shenoy
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Normal. Avoidance purely for subjective means. Probably within 7-10 days after infection.
Hi - the bad taste in your mouth might be from tonsil stones (which is a common finding in people with or without Strep throat). If the Strep infection was bad enough to damage the superficial linings of the tonsil, that may also be a cause. Either way, the bad taste should improve over the course of a week or so after an infection is treated with appropriate course of antibiotics. Stay well hydrated, and if it gets worse, go back and see your physician.