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Minty/menthol taste?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 11, 2007
  • 11:38 PM

For several weeks now I have had this sensation that I can only describe as seeming like I have Vick's Vapo-rub in my mouth. It tastes and smells kind of minty and it feels like there are vapors rising into my nose and eyes and my throat burns. I've tried drinking all kinds of different drinks, tongue scrapers, new clean toothbrushes (because I thought it was leftover toothpaste in my mouth) and I can't get rid of it. I've been trying to research what might be happening, but I can't find any answers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Some gums and candies are REALLY minty nowadays. Enough to make your throat hurt when you drink water afterwards. What are you chewing lately?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 08:20 AM
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  • I haven't had any gum or minty candy in quite awhile. That's one reason that I'm so confused. The only thing that I've been using that is even close to anything minty is toothpaste and I can't see how that would stay around all day and even several hours after I brush my teeth, still feel what seems like vapors rising up into my eyes. I can't even find anything remotely similar to what's happening anywhere on the internet. Thank you very much for taking the time to reply though.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 01:56 AM
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  • Do you have a temporary or permanent crown that is leaking? When it happened to me, the taste was nasty and metallic, but maybe your minty taste is from a tooth filling. If you hold your nose, can you still taste it? Ask your dentist.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 10:15 AM
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  • Acid Reflux is the cause... I have it and so do many people with stomach issues. www.healingwell.com has a few post where that very symptom is mentioned. You should ask your doctor for nexium. It should go away in a few weeks and then you can try using the nexium only when its needed. Hope this helps...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 09:01 PM
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  • any luck? i am also experiencing the same thing. Minty feel that started in my nose, it's now in my mouth and the back of my throat. Sometimes i swear my eyes and stomach are also burning from it. I've called my Dr, and scheduled an appt. I will do the same with the dentist, but I am starting to get concerned now. Please let me know if u come across anything.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 04:05 PM
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  • I haven't had any gum or minty candy in quite awhile. That's one reason that I'm so confused. The only thing that I've been using that is even close to anything minty is toothpaste and I can't see how that would stay around all day and even several hours after I brush my teeth, still feel what seems like vapors rising up into my eyes. I can't even find anything remotely similar to what's happening anywhere on the internet. Thank you very much for taking the time to reply though.I have the same exact problem as you do. I have been diagnosed with something called "Burning Mouth Syndrome" (BMS). However, recently a friend of the family who is a retired Dr. feels that I have post-herpetic neuralgia. Did you have any herpes outbreaks prior to this? Also, right before this began I had strept throat and also used Crest White strips. We are in the process are narrowing it down. I have been dealing with this for 7 months now. I have been to several specialist. I also have a burning sensation in my tongue at times. My gums are also a problem. Certain foods make it worst.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 09:05 PM
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  • re burning mouth syndrome. Mine was cured by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If you are a woman near menopause look into this. There's a lot on these boards about that also.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
    • 08:31 AM
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  • any luck? i am also experiencing the same thing. Minty feel that started in my nose, it's now in my mouth and the back of my throat. Sometimes i swear my eyes and stomach are also burning from it. I've called my Dr, and scheduled an appt. I will do the same with the dentist, but I am starting to get concerned now. Please let me know if u come across anything.This sounds exactly liike what is happening to me. It even burns my eyes. I take Protonics everyday and have for a year but I just started getting these symptoms. Let me know what the Doc says.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 10:03 PM
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  • Hi I have been experiencing the same sort of thing for the last couple of weeks. after I have eaten food a couple hours after i get a very distinct minty menthol taste and when I breath in it feels really cool. The only thing I have been doing differently the last couple of weeks, is I have been on a low calorie diet, eating more fruit and vegies, and also taking a herbal diet pill called soloslim. I have been losing weight which i thought the taste could be acetone in my breath caused by the burning of the fat. But I still have it even when I eat carbs. My mother died of leukaemia about the same age that I am now. So I thought maybe I have cancer. I heard from a guy at work that he knew someone who was having funny taste and he ended up having tongue cancer. So after a lot of searching on the net, I have come to this forum and would be interested in hearing what your doctor says. I went to two different doctors and they didn't know what it was. But I think I will have to go again and insist they test me for cancer or other vitamin mineral difficiencies. Another possible cause is the begining of diabetes. So I hope you find out what it is for your sake and mine. I couldn't imagine that it is acid reflux because I don't seem to have any grumbling stomach, burping or anything.
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  • I am so happy that I found this forum. I have had this ongoing for eight years now. I do not believe it is acid reflux either. When I breathe in I get a menthol taste and when I describe this to doctors they think I am crazy.No one has been able to come up with a diagnosis either for me and all I know is it gets worse when I have abdominal pain. I thought it was a toxicity symptom but after using a sauna for several weeks to detox it has not gone away. When it gets really bad I chew gum since the taste is so disturbing.If anyone finds out what this is I will be eternally grateful.
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  • I too would be interested in what a doctor (with experience) would have to say. I get this menthol taste and feel (it radiates out of the tissue in my mouth especially around my gums and inside lips). It sometimes can last for a day or a week then go away and not return for 6 months. I have it today and my stomach has been upset all day. I have GERDS and take nexum. I read one post that mentioned post-herpetic neuralgia. I get a fever blister type virus in my mouth (cultured as Herpes Type I). It usually breaks out on my inside gums and affects the nerves in my face.. It breaks out often especially when I am physically stressed. I have not noticed a link between breakouts of the blisters and this taste. Because I take high dose aspirin for arthritis and stroke prevention, I wonder if this has something to do with it. For me there is a noticeable difference between the acid taste of refux and this strongly menthol taste and sensation
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
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  • In response to the menthol problem, I experienced a menthol sensation in my throat and mouth about ten years ago, which lasted for a few months. Just recently, about a month ago, I have been experiencing this same menthol sensation. I thought I would rub my saliva on my eyelids to see if my saliva would produce the same effect. I do not recommend doing this because I am afraid this could affect your vision, but the sensation was transferred to my eyes. I also licked the area around my lips and breathing through my mouth I had the same sensation. I have been to multiple doctors and no one has ever heard of such a thing. I am thinking that this might have something to do with something in our saliva. Maybe if someone took a saliva sample to a chemist they could detect the cause. I just want to get to the bottom of this.
    san jose, Ca 3 Replies
    • October 24, 2008
    • 11:17 PM
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  • Anyone ever find out the cause of this?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 07:42 AM
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  • I went to a Doctor who specializes in Gastroenterology and he seems to think that this is acid reflux. He put me on Protonix 40mg for a couple of weeks to see if it takes care of the problem. He said I needed to lose weight and only eat until I'm 80% full, and exercise. If it doesn't resolve the problem he will resort to another method. I'll keep you posted.
    san jose, Ca 3 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 02:59 AM
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  • Hey guys! Since I have been on the Protonix for Acid Reflux these past two weeks, my symptoms are 95% gone. The Doctor told me if this happened he would give me a perscription of the Protonix to get rid of the rest of the symptoms. I don't know yet if this is an ongoing thing or to just take the medicine whenever it flares up. Merry Christmas hopefully this is helpful to all of you.
    san jose, Ca 3 Replies
    • December 27, 2008
    • 04:33 AM
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  • I'm getting this too. It feels cool and fresh but also burning. I'm generally feeling under the weather. I'm going to see a GP tomorrow - will let you know how I get on...did you get to the bottom of this?I put a broken thermometer in my mouth recently and I'm becoming concerned it is related it seems to be strongest in the spot where the thermometer was. I've been assured that digested mercury is not toxic. Even so, I'm getting paraniod that it's related to this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 08:55 PM
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  • I have also been experiencing the same thing for about a month - minty taste almost constantly. It's not affecting my life, other than foods taste a little different and I'm not too concerned about anything more serious (cancer, etc). One thing that somebody said here that I will check out is that I have recently had a filling break apart. Thinking back, it seems like that started just about the time this taste did. Other than that I can't think of anything else. I went on a diet/exercise regimen (to control cholesterol) about 6 months ago and lost about 40 lbs in 2-3 months. I am still dieting & exercising, but my diet isn't really radical or a fad (just a lot of fruit/veggies, less fat (esp saturated) and no junk), so I can't imagine it's related to that (esp since I had lost the weight for a couple months before this started). I also don't have any problems with reflux, that I can feel anyway.Like I said I will go to a dentist first to have the filling fixed. Thanks for any and all suggestions here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 11:50 PM
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  • Well I went to see the doctor today. He's never heard of this condition but did assure me it us unrelated to the broken thermometer I had in my mouth (actually we established that as the flid in the thermometer was red that it was not toxic). Anyhow, he's refered me to the dentist. I have an appointment for next week - I will up date here.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 06:58 PM
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  • I'm wondering if anyone ever smoked menthol cigarettes? I haven't smoked in 20 years, but it feels like menthol is breaking away from my lungs and coming up my esophagus into my mouth.
    popcorn 1 Replies
    • January 18, 2009
    • 05:06 PM
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  • I'm experiencing this, too. I also have a cool feeling in my upper chest sometimes, so I suspect Acid Reflux could indeed be the cause. I just tried one dose of over-the-counter Zantac, but it hasn't worked yet. :) I suppose I'll have to visit the doctor about it.I also looked up Burning Mouth Syndrome, and what I'm experiencing is kind of similar. By that I mean that when I wake up, it isn't present, but comes on more throughout the day. Also, eating seems to make it better. But I wouldn't classify it as pain at all. It's just cool and fresh and minty and seems to be flowing up from inside of me like the way garlic breath would. :)We shall see!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 05:54 PM
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