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Soapy taste in mouth: Causes of soap taste

  1. Some patients experience a soapy taste in the mouth. A soapy taste in the mouth is usually a temporary unpleasant feeling, but often this does not indicate a serious problem, such as eating soap. The soap taste tastes bitter, slightly metallic and burning. However, if in doubt, if there is a persistent soap taste or in certain situations, medical advice is required. The doctor then questions the patient about the food he has recently eaten, medication use and health history. Thus he obtains a possible cause of the soapy mouth taste.

Anxiety and soapy taste in the mouth

  1. In patients with anxiety, the brain and body are affected in different ways. When someone is afraid of the taste of food or a potential food infection

Stroke or brain injury and soapy taste in the mouth

  1. The taste buds send signals to the brain for a person to taste. If the brain doesn't process or understand these signals correctly, it changes the way food tastes. Some patients experience changes in food taste during or after a stroke (insufficient blood supply to the brain with mental and physical symptoms) or other brain injury

Genetic reactions to foods

  1. When a person has a variant in the OR6A2 gene, some foods (especially coriander and carrots) taste unpleasant and sometimes like soap. This variant is relatively rare. This gene variant only creates a bad taste in the mouth

Medicines and soapy mouth taste

  1. When some patients take certain medications, a soapy taste is left in the mouth. It is also possible for this drug to interact with food or water to produce a soap or metallic taste in the mouth. If the patient takes a new medicine and a change in taste occurs in the mouth, this may be due to the medicine. The soapy mouth taste mainly appears when taking Telavancin, an antibiotic that the doctor uses to treat bacterial pneumonia, some skin infections and infections caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria

Oral health problems

  1. Gum and dental health problems sometimes lead to a soapy or metallic taste in the mouth. If a patient does not maintain good oral hygiene, old food will remain in the teeth and gums, causing a change in the taste of food. Gum disease also causes a soap or metallic taste. Various mouth and tooth infections also cause unusual flavors in the mouth. If a soapy taste occurs in conjunction with a jaw or toothache, swollen gums or red gums, or bad breath


  1. Arsenic A number of toxins cause a taste change in the mouth (soapy or metallic). This is done, for example, by arsenic. Arsenic poisoning is more likely to occur in children and babies

Alarm Symptoms

  1. Contact with the doctor

  2. Contact the doctor

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