I think I destroyed my taste buds
I know taste buds will divide and multiply like skin cells, but what if you burn them all off?
Last week when my throat was all fucked up, I was downing benzocaine lozenges like candy. After a few days, I notized that my tongue was 'burnt'. I had the sensation of a bad burn on my tongue (as from very hot coffee), and it was actually discolored (brown/yellow like a smoker).
Tonight I'm noticing that I can't actually taste anything. I can smell, but not taste. I'm drinking a can of Coke and I can smell the fizz rising in my nose, but on my tongue I just feel the sensation of "wetness", as if I were submersing my arm in water, but that's all. I can feel the cold of the soda and the 'wetness' of the soda on my tongue, but no flavor.
Fuck. This better not be permanent. I had a bologna sandwich earlier and I was wondering why it tasted like cardboard.
mine are gone. I quit smoking 4 weeks ago and have had nothing back yet. I think I maybe noticed I had lsot my sense of taste around a year ago.
I am hoping like hell that it comes back. I miss it.
interestingly enough though, the fatty stuff still appeals...turns out that maybe there is less information provided by taste than you might think.
July 30th, 2007 10:07pm
Maybe for you. In my case there's a huge difference. I love to cook and I love food. I had some exceedingly bland sea scallops today. It was torturous.
July 30th, 2007 10:09pm
ah, I guess food maybe doesn't matter so much to me as it does to you*
* whinging girl.
July 30th, 2007 10:10pm
if you think taste isn't that important, then you clearly don't appreciate food
July 30th, 2007 10:12pm
oh, I appreciate food all right. I appreciate food like the blazes. Im _all about_ food. good food. bad food. any food at all really. _thats_ how much I appreciate food.
July 30th, 2007 10:14pm
Taste buds over multiple orgasms. No contest.
July 30th, 2007 10:16pm
I'm sorry but it's difficult to take anything you say seriously after a ridiculous comment like "taste doesn't relay all that much information". It may be necessary to have you lynched at this point.
July 30th, 2007 10:24pm
ah, right. sorry. I hadn't realised that I was talking to a retarded donkey or I might have taken the time to pontificate a little more.
what I was referring to was the ability of my system to detect and appreciate fatty takeaway food over that of good, healthy spinach _despite_ having no tastebuds.
I mean, you would think that an upside of not really having much taste would be that you could finally eat healthy food.
but it turns out that teh body still detects enough information..texture maybe, and other stuff....that takeaway food _still_ wins out.
July 30th, 2007 10:31pm
Taste buds on the tongue actually only give you basic information about the food.
All the real flavor comes from smell.
That's why, when you have a cold, you lose you may appear to temporarily sense of taste.
Muppet if you want try an experiment - put a tea spoon of sugar or salt on your tongue. If you can taste it as sweet/salty, your tongue is okayish, at least. While you may have damaged your tongue, I bet in time it will recover, and the real problem you have at the moment, is loss of sense of smell (which will also return in due course).
And BTW, yes you can damage the sense of smell by smoking. I believe it is in fact much more delicate that the taste buds.
July 30th, 2007 10:31pm
Isn't your smell curtailed by sinus infection or sinusitis, too?
I mean, isn't your TASTE effected.
I know the link between taste and smell just like any 5 year old does. Do you think you're being erudite or something?
Anyway, yes, my sense of taste is fucked. I can't taste sweet, salty, sour, or anything. I had some salsa earlier and it wasn't hot to me.
While smell gives much more subtle 'flavor' to food, the cooperation of taste and smell is still pretty important to enjoy food.
And yes, wSV, texture and smell and so on are important, too, but clearly taste is an equal component there. Still you've basically said the equivalent of "Sight isn't that big a deal because WHOA, touch!"
July 30th, 2007 10:38pm
What I'm trying to say in long-winded fashion is the sensation of flavor (taste), is in fact a combination of the action by taste-bud and smell.
The taste-buds only give you very crude flavor sensation on their own.
So, if you can taste sugar/salty but can't taste subtle flavors, it's almost certainly your smell-receptors that have the problem (probably a temporary problem if it came about suddenly).
July 30th, 2007 10:38pm
@muppet: Oh fuck off then. I hope you never enjoy food again.
July 30th, 2007 10:39pm
Heh, well c'mon dude.
July 30th, 2007 10:42pm
No I meant it. Maybe it will help you slim down, you corpulent bastard.
July 30th, 2007 10:45pm
Maybe my positive transformation will inspire you to be less of a self-loving cunt. :-)
July 30th, 2007 10:46pm