I'm So Salty

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For the past week I've had this salty taste in my mouth. Everything tastes salty even chocolate! So i called up my doctor and he said that i need to quit pipe smoking because that's what is causing it. Of course i'm not going to stop but the problem is that i can't taste the tobacco anymore all i taste is SALT! Have any of you had this happen? If so how did you remedy it? Thanks
 

Skylane

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My guess is most of your taste buds may be damaged. They can and do heal back, so if you stop whatever it is that damaged them, they may restore themselves. It's also possible that you have some sort of condition that caused it and said condition may or may not be treatable. You may want to consider going to a specialist. Start with an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor and go from there.
 

Mister Moo

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Have you been salting your tobacco? Salt-packing your bowls and not rinsing? This is a first in my book.

I wanna hear more about this.
 

Deckard

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Have you tried researching it online? I've never had it happen to me, but I poked around a bit and couldn't find anything saying tobacco smoke was the cause. Seems that the most common causes are infected salivary glands, side effects of some medications, post-nasal drip from a cold, and dehydration. It would be pretty simple to eliminate the common ones. Have you started any new medications lately? Are you sick? Using a alcohol based mouth wash for the salivary gland one and drink more water and see what happens. The dehydration one may have something to do with the pipe, as hot smoke tends to dry out the mouth, maybe have a drink with your smoke from now on. Then you can think of cutting back on the pipe if necessary.

I'd just try all the angles before I gave in to the doctor, as we know they've got no love for tobacco in all its forms.
 
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I haven't salted my pipes or anything like that.

I also looked this up online and most of the reasons that the doctor websites gave don't apply to me. I'm not dehydrated i drink a lot of water. I use listerine every day so my salivary glands aren't infected or anything like that. I'm really trying to figure this out so thanks for responding guys.


I also don't take any medication of any kind
 

piper

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I agree, it's most likely caused from damaged taste buds. You should take a break from smoking (or foods/drinks that are too hot) and see if they will recover.

Also it's not uncommon for old-age to be the cause of lost tasting ability. Unfortunately.
 

t-bear

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Never heard such non-sense!
However, you might consider putting the pipes up for a week or two, to eliminate that as a cause....and to confirm/refute your doc's "diagnosis" (?). If it hasn't cleared up in that time, smack your doc in the mouth and go find another one.
 

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Follow your doctor's advice for as long as he/she thinks will clear up the problem. If it works, the doctor was right and you have a decision to make. If it doesn't work, the doctor has more research to do and you go back to the pipe.

A scientist has a hypothesis and it gets tested to prove it. Unfortunately, you're the guinea pig. At least he/she isn't recommending exploratory lobotomy. Hopefully, it will last two weeks tops.

Good luck.
 

NDLanoue

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I definitely want to hear what you find out. My dentist has told me before that my pipe smoking is killing my tongue, but that doesn't make everything salty. In fact, if pipe smoking were destroying your taste buds, it's likely you just wouldn't taste anything.

Keep us updated.
 

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NDLanoue said:
I definitely want to hear what you find out. My dentist has told me before that my pipe smoking is killing my tongue, but that doesn't make everything salty. In fact, if pipe smoking were destroying your taste buds, it's likely you just wouldn't taste anything.
Not true. It's far more common to experience altered taste when the sensation of taste is being destroyed.

Your dentist might have been more concerned about provoking tongue cancer. If it looks red and inflamed that's not a good thing.
 

jamie7

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Don't worry, it's not smoking related. I get this from time to time when I'm about to get a cold or fighting one off. It goes away in a couple of days. It sucks though because even your food tastes like someone oversalted it. Someone mentioned dehydration - could be part of it so drink plenty of water for a couple of days. Your body is naturally telling you to cut back on your salt intake and drink more water - do that and you'll be back to normal in no time. Your doctor is taking the opportunity to crusade against tobacco. What a dick.
 

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WVANALLEN said:
That's what i thought but it's been 5-6 days and i've smoked different tobacco since i first started getting it.
But do they have anything in common?
You may be switching tobacco blends but they all could have one tobacco in common.
Have you tried a straight Virginia or Burley?
 

cst

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When I opened this thread, I thought it was gonna be along the lines of:
"I'm so salty, I grind up cliches and smoke 'em in my pipe. Arrgh!"
Sorry about your luck. Hope it works out for you. I hate the taste of salt. Without Herradura.
 
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