Problems with Taste

Frequently Asked Questions

9. Can I do anything to prevent a taste disorder from occurring?

Problems with taste that occur with aging cannot be prevented. However you may be able to protect yourself against other causes of taste loss with these steps.

  • Prevent upper respiratory infections such as colds and the flu. Wash your hands frequently, especially during the winter months, and get a flu shot every year.
  • Avoid Head Injuries. Always wear seatbelts when riding in a car and a helmet when bicycling.
  • Avoid Exposure to Toxic Chemicals. Avoid contact with chemicals that might cause smell problems such as paints, insecticides, and solvents, or wear a respirator if you cannot avoid contact.
  • Review Your Medications. If you are taking antibiotics or antihistamines or other medications and notice a change in your sense of taste, talk to your doctor. You may be able to adjust or change your medicine to one that will not cause a problem with taste. Do not stop taking your medications unless directed by your doctor.
  • Don’t Smoke. It can impair the sense of taste. For free help to quit smoking, visit