The Tongue Tastes Bitter When You Have A Fever?

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in the afternoon, I want to ask you, I have a fever for 2 days, yesterday and today. Previously, I was a bit tired and caught a cold from exercising near the beach. Yesterday I vomited 2 times after eating, so I took paracetamol evening and night. Today I am still in a daze but the fever has gone down, and I eat only a little because my tongue tastes bitter. I want to ask if when the tongue fever does taste bitter? Then after the heat goes down can you take a shower?

1 Answer:

Hi Trivosa,

Fever is an increase in body temperature of more than 37.5 degrees Celsius. Fever is often the body's response to an infection, be it a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection, for example fever during the flu, sinusitis, typhoid, dengue fever, otitis, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, hepatitis, diarrhea. Apart from infection, fever can also occur when the body is exposed to heat for a long time, after vaccination, and lacks fluids.

Some tips you can do when you have a fever:

Get enough rest
Drink lots of water 2-3 liters / day
Avoid cold food and drinks for a while
Consumption of healthy and nutritious food
warm compress
Take fever-reducing drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
If the fever is more than 3 days, see a doctor immediately so that further examination can be carried out, for example with a blood test and urine test to determine the cause so that further treatment can be carried out more optimally

Associated with complaints of a bitter tongue when a fever is generally a natural thing. This bitter taste of the tongue can be related to decreased saliva production, decreased function of the tongue papillae and the sense of taste during illness, and the growth of anaerobic bacteria that produce sulfur so that the mouth tastes bitter. The condition of the tongue that tastes bitter will usually improve on its own when the condition of the body is more fit or healed so you don't need to worry. To reduce bitter tongue when sick, it is advisable to drink lots of water and eat healthy and nutritious foods with a stronger taste.

If the bitter tongue persists even though it has healed, it is necessary to consider other possibilities such as acid reflux disease, infection in the mouth area, nervous disorders, drug side effects, and post-radiotherapy. If the bitter tongue persists, you can consult further with the doctor directly, yes.

As for bathing, there are actually no prohibitions or taboos on bathing when you have a fever. Especially for babies, it can be considered to clean the body with a washcloth soaked in warm water only when having a fever to prevent chills and chills. However, for adults, there is no problem if you take a shower when you have a fever, but you should use warm water and take a short shower so you don't shiver.

Here is an article that relates to the topic of your question:


Thanks and hope it helps,

dr. Devika Y

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