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For a couple of weeks now I have had a bitter or strange taste in my mouth. It is at the back of my throat, and is particularly noticeable at night first thing in the morning. I think it is mucus (post nasal drip?). Mucus collects in my throat, and I have to swallow it (yuk!) The mucus is clear or white-streaked- it doesn't seem infected. My teeth are good. I haven't had a cold.
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replied February 2nd, 2009
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Mucus drainage in the back of the throat is called postnasal drip. Causes of this symptom include:

Bacterial infection
Colds
Flu
Hay fever
Head injury
Nasal sprays
Sinusitis


Colds will often begin with a clear nasal discharge and can turn creamy yellow or green, which may indicate a viral infection (not bacterial).

If the symptoms last for more than 3 weeks, or if you've experienced a head injury recently, I'd suggest that you see an ENT specialist.
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replied August 9th, 2012
bitter taste
i also have a bitter taste but when i eat some thing it taste good but after that i again taste bitter but i didnt eat any pine nuts so kindly explain wht is going on with me
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replied February 2nd, 2009
bitter
Thank you. I went to the doctor, as the drip was stopping me sleeping. It's just an allergy, (don't know to what) and i have been prescribed steroids
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replied February 5th, 2009
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I'm glad to hear that you found a diagnosis and treatment. I hope that the steroids help...but try to avoid long term use. Maybe you can go in for allergy testing (pin-prick) to identify the possible allergic reaction and avoid that substance. Cut out the cause at the root!

- Rooted
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replied March 22nd, 2009
I also have a bitter taste in my mouth.
I have had the bitter taste for 5 days now. I taste bad in the morning, and when I eat food, especially sweet food, tastes bitter. The bitter taste goes away in between meals.

I don't feel bad in any other way.

There is no mucus, I am taking no drugs, not eating anything unusual.

I don't know what causes this.
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replied March 23rd, 2009
pine nuts
I did some googleing - it might be because I ate pine nuts. A number of people have reported this. What gives me doubt though, is that my friend ate the same pine nuts with me and she does not have any bitter taste in her mouth.

from wiki:
Risks of eating pine nuts
The eating of pine nuts can cause serious taste disturbances, developing 1-3 days after consumption and lasting for days or weeks. A bitter, metallic taste is described. In general, a minority of pine nuts on the market present this problem. Though very unpleasant, there doesn't seem to be a real health concern.
This phenomenon was first described in a scientific paper in 2001.[6] Since the article, experiences of the phenomenon have been reported by hundreds of people worldwide (US, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Iceland, Germany, and many more).[7] [8]
The pine nuts involved typically contain triglycerides formed by 16-18° unsaturated fatty acids. No contamination with pesticide residues or heavy metals was found.
Some of the pine nuts involved were imported from China. However, in many countries packaged pine nuts are not required to state the country of origin or the species, and thus it is impossible to conclusively link the effect to a particular species or source country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_nut
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replied March 22nd, 2011
Selene, I want to thank you so much for this post. I also have had this bitter taste in my mouth for about 4 days. I was starting to get worried about what kind of problem I may have, was it dental or something else? We had been eating some pine nuts for a couple of days. I would never have given them a thought. One thing I have noticed is that the only food that doesn't have a bad taste is ice cream or milk. Thanks again
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replied May 11th, 2011
Oh my gosh. I have had this bitter taste in the BACK of my throat for a couple of days now. At first I thought it was some grapes that I didn't wash. Then when I found this post, I realized I had been gorging on pine nuts recently!! I hope it goes away soon, beacuse it's pretty nasty and annoying.
Thank you so much for the idea of a diagnosis!!
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replied May 16th, 2011
Bitter Taste
I have the same bitter taste with anything sweet, but I have not eaten pine nuts. The only thing I can figure out is that I ate a pumpkin bread from Starbucks. They added nuts or something that looked like crushed oatmeal on top. Right after I ate it, bam...the iced vanilla latte was so yuck. When I called Starbucks they did have an answer for the grain or stuff on top. They tell me they are looking into it. Other than that, I just wish it would go away soon.
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replied July 26th, 2011
I have been making pesto recently and have been eating pine nuts. I've been experiencing the bitter taste, and I just got a drink of water and it tasted metallic as well. Strange that they do that but I'm not too worried.
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replied September 2nd, 2011
thanks so much i have a bitter taste in my mouth ... ate pine nuts from china a couple of days ago from holland & barret never again ...
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replied April 17th, 2012
Oh gosh! Same deal, bitter taste of food, no sinus problems or other symptoms. But I made a dish with lots of pine nuts the other day. I have to say the pine nuts tasted slightly stale or off, but I ate them anyway. Thanks so much! Is there any way to help flush them out f my system or do I just wait it out? Most unpleasant!
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replied March 4th, 2014
Thanks! I started to have this weird taste problem when I had pine nuts together with some red grapes. I think the red grapes made the problem worse.
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replied April 2nd, 2009
pine nuts
OK. So what can we do about this bitter taste, which is a result of eating pine nuts. Any suggestions out there?
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replied April 6th, 2009
Pine Nuts
It goes away on it's own after a while. The bitter taste lasted for about 10 days for me. I avoided sweet foods, that tasted the worst. Foods I could tolerate included anything naturally bitter such as dandelion greens, unsweeted chocolate, unsweetened tea. I also could eat other dark leafy green vegetables, meats, poultry.

Good luck to you.
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replied April 20th, 2009
Thanks Selene
I was telling my wife how I had been having the taste of bitter in the back of my mouth for a few days and she had been having the same thing. We had been racking our brains of why.. she thought maybe because we switched toothpaste.. i thought maybe because of some hazelnut chocolates we ate...

but as soon as I saw the post about Pine Nuts.. we knew that was it. We had been eating salad.. 2 days in a row with pine nuts in it.. I was wolfing down the pine nuts with the dressing. It explained so much. thanks for finding that.. score +1 for the Internet
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replied June 1st, 2009
Every time I eat anything the food tastes bitter..

Thank you for the information about the Pine nuts, I bought a bag last week and have been eating them, now I understand what is causing this....
Thanks Selene for the information I was really getting concerned about the cause, this makes me feel lots better.
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replied June 2nd, 2009
i too have the bitter tast at back of my throat. thought it might be candida as that causes bitternes but my throat was clear. no white coating. i have eaten more pine nuts than usual though recently. migth explain it. wine tastes funny too. sad
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replied June 18th, 2009
I have this bitter taste also after eating pine nuts. Did you also feel your lips were sore/dry though they didn't look dry?
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replied January 10th, 2012
My lips felt the same as yours but they were a little irritated on the inside. I can't stand his awful taste it is making me nauseas. I have had pine nuts before and never had this type of reaction before. Does anyones tongue feel funny? Thank goodness You all put this out there I was getting ready to go to the doctors.
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replied January 10th, 2012
My lips felt the same as yours but they were a little irritated on the inside. I can't stand his awful taste it is making me nauseas. I have had pine nuts before and never had this type of reaction before. Does anyones tongue feel funny? Thank goodness You all put this out there I was getting ready to go to the doctors.
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replied June 18th, 2009
I don't remember my lips feeling dry.

Just stop eating pine nuts, and it goes away after a couple weeks.
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replied June 18th, 2009
thank you Selene
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replied June 18th, 2009
bitter taste in the mouth
For the last two days I had this bitter taste no matter what I eat, even after drinking water, and I was wondering what have I eaten to get this taste, and indeed I had pine nuts every morning and evening. And I have also dry mouth.
However I eat quite often pine nuts, I love them, but it is the first time it happens.
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replied June 18th, 2009
Yeah, I ate pine nuts for years without it happening. I guess some batches of pine nuts are bad.

I am afraid to eat them now, I must admit!
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replied June 19th, 2009
bitter taste in mouth and no taste bud for sweet?
But i have everything you all are talking about BUT i HAVE NOT had pine nuts!! I wish I did eat a whole bad so this could be my answer and id be done with it.. now im worried.
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replied June 23rd, 2009
The bitterness is finally gone, I will not touch another pine nut, at least from that batch. I noticed that the ones I ate are from China. I remember eating them years back and never had the bitter taste from them. I am going to experiment and see if I can find the brand that I used to buy, eat them and if there is no bitter taste find out where they are grown.
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replied June 26th, 2009
Bitter Taste in mouth
I also have had a bitter taste in my mouth for the last several days, but not eating any pine nuts! I have it all the time and food does not taste good. I live on the coast of central california. Any other ideas of what this could be? I see the dentist on Monday. And I had a flouride treatment at the dentist before this started.
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replied September 27th, 2009
bitter taste
I had just a few pine nuts two days ago in a salat. I hope is from the pine nuts because I can't take the taste anymore.
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