Can’t Taste Spicy?

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Hi doctor, it’s been more or less 4 months can’t taste spicy like dlu. I tried to eat spicy many times did not feel, only a recurrent ulcer. I’m a fan of spicy and want to taste spicy again. Now make fried rice with 3 handfuls of chili and 1 centong rice does not taste spicy, but for a sour, salty, sweet, bitter taste it still works. What should I do, doctor?

1 Answer:

Hi Zulaeni,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

The tongue consists of several parts depending on its sensitivity in tasting various flavors, including the bitter taste (which is located behind the tongue), salty (which is located on the right and left side of the middle tongue), acid (which is located on the right and left side of the tongue part front), and sweet (which is located at the tip of the front of the tongue). Disturbances in tasting the spicy taste actually does not specifically refer to certain tongue abnormalities. However, it is possible that your complaint was caused by:

Tongue irritation, for example due to the habit of consuming foods that are too spicy, too hot, or also contain alcohol
Inappropriate use of mouthwash, toothpaste and other oral care products

Sialadenitis (inflammation of the salivary glands)
Oral cavity infections, often due to fungus or bacteria

GERD (gastric acid reflux)
Nerve disorders, for example due to Bells'palsy, stroke
Psychosomatic disorders, and so on

If you can still taste a variety of other flavors without obstacles, chances are your complaint is not dangerous. However, if this feels very disturbing and decreases your appetite, you should check directly to the doctor to be given the right treatment. At this time, you should first avoid consuming foods and drinks that have the potential to irritate your tongue (as mentioned above). Do not forget, always keep your tongue and oral cavity clean, i.e. by routinely brushing teeth, cleaning the tongue with a special tongue cleaner, and gargling with salt solution.


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