When we talk about taste, I’m reminded of the rock star Michael Hutchence (of INXS fame) who lost his taste (read: no or damaged taste buds) in an accident with a postal truck.
The tragedy of it all was that Michael Hutchence had millions of dollars with which he could have savored the finest meals in the best restaurants around the world, but with no taste… it wouldn’t matter whether he ate sandpaper or did the whole caviar and wine thing!
Taste Buds: Important facts
By now its common knowledge that the taste buds (called taste receptor cells at a cellular level) are located in the mouth, and obviously its function is to taste the nourishment that is a part of our daily routine, and send the information to the brain based on the
Of course, you should also know that the five elements of taste are salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (or savory), and for at least once in our lifetimes, we would have felt how each of these elements really taste.
From the example of Michael Hutchence, it’s pretty obvious that our taste buds are irreplaceable and therefore should be taken care of, as much as possible especially when they’re inflamed which we’ll discuss next.
Inflammation in the Taste Buds: Causes
Since the direction of this piece of writing is to help you to avoid inflammation of the taste buds, which will leave that proverbial bad taste in your mouth (winky wink), it’s important to list the common causes of inflammation in the taste buds. And I say causes (not cause) because there can be several reasons for the occurrence of an inflammation in your taste buds.
Here’s a list of causes (some of them are self-explanatory):
3. Exposure to toxins like tobacco smoke and insecticides
8. Oral Inflammation
9. Radiation therapy
10. Vitamin deficiencies
11. Endocrinal disorders such as Hypothyroidism, hypoadrenalism, and diabetes mellitus, and dental problems
12. Certain herbs and supplements (such as chewing gymnema leaves)
One thing’s for certain with each of these causes for inflammation is that you’ll understand the value of being able to taste apart from the other perceivable effects that will help you realize how important it is to be careful wherever and whenever you can.
Inflammation of Taste Buds: Effects
For one, you won’t be able to taste a particular food or drink properly like before. Irritation and swelling in the particular area are the most common effects.
What you can do about it
In the case of bites and scratches (and all I can think of is naughty naughty here), it’s not that serious as you can apply glycerin to the affected area. In the case of burns, chewing on ice chips as well as eating soft and cold foods will help relieve the pain as well as prevent the affected area from being aggravated. However, if you aren’t able to determine the source of the infection, it is better to consult a doctor immediately before turning to grandmomma’s home remedies.
There no need to go loco because of the Michael Hutchence example given earlier as it is rare, and under circumstances of extreme trauma… but that doesn’t mean you can afford to careless with your health. After whose gonna pay for it, with your pocket (and your tongue). You, of course.