Thalía attends the screening of "Thalia's Mixtape: The Soundtrack Of My Life" at Hudson Yards on April 27, 2023 in New York City. (Photo: Dominik Bindl/Getty Images).

(CNN Spanish) --

The Mexican singer and actress Thalía recently reported on her social networks that she suffers from dysgeusia.

In a video published on TikTok on January 31, the actress also said that, due to this diagnosis, she has a taste like salt and metal in her mouth and that she cannot stop feeling it.

Thalía asked her followers if anyone shared this condition and encouraged them to share their experience.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dysgeusia is a disorder in which there is a persistent bad taste in the mouth, which can be salty, rancid or metallic. It details that dysgeusia is sometimes accompanied by burning mouth syndrome, which is characterized by a sensation of pain and burning in the mouth.

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“Losing your sense of taste can even affect your health. Here's how: When taste is off, you can change your eating habits by adding too much sugar or salt to food to try to make it taste better. You can also eat too much or too little."

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In addition, the NIH points out that there are other types of disorders such as anosmia, a total inability to detect odors; hypogeusia, in which the taste capacity is reduced and ageusia, in which the person completely loses taste. These symptoms have been associated with people with covid-19.

The United States National Library of Medicine explains on its page that in Covid-19 disease, the frequency of smell and taste disorders is high, predominating in the female sex in relation to the influence of gender on the processes of inflammatory reaction.

"All of this indicates that anosmia could be included in the list of main symptoms due to covid-19, with the rate of early olfactory recovery being up to 44%," details the National Library of Medicine.

In addition, it points out that various viruses can lead to olfactory dysfunction, and thus taste, through a local inflammatory reaction in the nasal mucosa and the subsequent development of rhinorrhea (nasal congestion and runny nose).

Causes

The NIH details that some people are born with taste disorders, but in most cases they begin after an injury or illness.

  • Infections of the upper respiratory tract and middle ear.

  • Radiotherapy for head and neck cancers.

  • Exposure to chemicals, such as insecticides and some medications, including antibiotics and antihistamines.

  • Head injury.

  • Ear, nose, or throat surgery or third molar extraction.

  • Poor oral hygiene and dental problems.

The diagnosis should be made by an otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in disorders of the ear, nose, and throat).

As for treatment, according to the NIH, it depends on what is causing the disorder, for example, if it is due to a medication, it will have to be stopped or changed.

If you have lost your sense of taste due to respiratory infections or allergies, you should recover it when you solve these problems, although some people could also recover their sense of taste spontaneously and without any treatment.