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The last few times that I have been scratched or cut, I noticed that my blood has a very strong smell of metal. Why??? I am 55y/o if that makes any difference.

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First Helper shirlik
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replied January 26th, 2008
Re: Blood smells like metal
BamaNana wrote:
The last few times that I have been scratched or cut, I noticed that my blood has a very strong smell of metal. Why??? I am 55y/o if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any info.


I can help you to your problem. I will recommend you Neem Aura neem leaf capsule. Neem leaf is traditionally used in the ayurvedic tradition as a tonic and blood cleanser, and is considered to be cooling to counteract Pitta (fire element) imbalances.
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replied January 28th, 2008
Metal taste
I have a similar problem, which I was actually intending to make a topic about before I seen your topic.

So, my problem is that my blood -tastes- like metal. When I eat canned foods, I taste metal. Sometime I taste metal when I put cutlery in my mouth. Sometimes I taste metal when I eat foods with a high iron content. And sometimes when I do extensive exercising.

This began happening about a year ago. The first time I had the taste of metal in my mouth is when I was playing outdoor hockey. I'm guessing this is because the increase of blood pressure. After this situation, it became more frequent.

It began when I was staying at a rural residence. The maintenance man told me not to drink the tap water, as he was fixing the plumbing or something, and the water was unsafe to drink in the meantime. I ended up drinking some of the tap water.

I was wondering if this incident could be related to the metal taste I get in my mouth, and if I could have possibly contracted lead poisoning?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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replied January 28th, 2008
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Re: Metal taste
blood does smell like metal
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replied March 7th, 2008
blood smells like metal because it's high in iron.

if you have a metal taste in your mouth, take a pregnancy test.

if you taste or smell 'metal' when you are exercising, it's probably because your blood pressure is rising.

I'm the same way - I have very sensitive sense of taste and smell.

If you think you should eat healthier, fresher foods, and clean water, then you should start eating better - only you know your body.
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replied June 26th, 2010
I'm having the same problem all of a sudden! Just recently my blood has had an overwhelming smell of iron!! And yes, I KNOW our blood had iron jn it and does normally smell like metal... No disrespect, but really, that is not why we've posted these questions.. I am assuming we all know our blood normally smells and tastes like metal but we are experiencing an abundance of the metal smell/taste all of a sudden and are curious as to why the change..? So no obvious remarks please.
But yeah, the lay few times I've bled it's been a lot stronger! I was anemic and the last few times my hemoglobin has been checked I've been fine.. It's been better now for the last 7-10mos.. Haven't checked it lately since this stronger iron smell though so... Any ideas?? If so, cld you please reply me? thx!
thank you,
Em
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replied May 1st, 2014
Meat and typically green vegetables have an abundance of iron especially meat because it has iron with a different oxidation number that works better in the body. If not you could have changed your cookware maybe? or used different cutlery? or be bleeding less?.
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replied July 18th, 2010
If you were anemic (low blood iron), but have been fine lately that means your iron content is higher. Therefore you would expect a stronger metallic taste/smell to your blood than during the period which you were anemic.

In addition, the iron component in your blood is the critical prosthetic component of hemoglobin and allows your red blood cells to bind oxygen. Your hemoglobin content can change to a certain extent based on circumstances (i.e. if you exercise a LOT or if you live at a high altitude where there is less oxygen per breath) ... something drastic like that might alter the amount of hemoglobin per drop of blood. More or less would alter the taste accordingly.

Off the top of my head, I'd bet that if you were relatively dehydrated, your blood would also be more metallic. See, if you're dehydrated, your blood will literally become a little more viscous (less of the plasma watery component). That means per drop blood, you'd have more red blood cells crammed in there than if you were fully hydrated. That'd be enough to make it seem more metallic.
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replied July 18th, 2010
Thank you!!
Thank You Tobias!!Smile
That all makes sense.. I never considered either one of those! I'm wondering if hormone changes have anything to do with it also..I gave birth to twins 11mos ago. After their birth is when I was anemic.. I was able to turn it around within around 2mos or so. I'm betting it's a little bit of a combination of all of it.
Thank you again though for your reply!!Smile
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replied October 22nd, 2010
yes it dose make sence, but here is my thing. my blood has bin this way for as long as i can remember. if i would bleed a little and a small amount would get on a table or even get rubbed in my hands, i would get an overwhelming sent of rust or iron. i know blood has iron in it, and it cant be because im not fully hydrated, because i drink like 6 or 7 2 leeter bottles filled with watter almost eatch day. i realy started noticing it when i was in high school, and it hasnt gotten any better. i dont feel sick or anything, i feel fine, well as fine as i normaly do. but the iron smell has gotten stronger, and before it smelled like my blood alone would set off a metal detector. before i thought this was normal. but when i bled a little in hight school, my friends said my blood stunk. the smell doesnt change when i eat different things. nor does it weaken when i do other things eather. im only 23 if it means anything, i dont know if this is anything to be worried about, or if i have something very wrong with me, but any and all help will very helpfull. i dont know if i need to talk to a doctor about this or what.
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replied December 27th, 2010
I'm 16 and sexually active with my boyfriend, i noticed that this last week that i'm having my period all of a sudden my period blood seems to have a very strong smell of metal. It had never smelled like metal, or not that i could tell. My period is not regular and i've had it for almost 15 days not which seems to happen every once in a while. What does the new blood smell mean?
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replied March 26th, 2012
You could possibly be producing more iron than usual. It's called hemochromatosis.

Hemochromatosis is a disorder that results in too much iron being absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms: Abdominal pain; Fatigue; Generalized darkening of skin color (often referred to as bronzing); Joint pain
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replied November 4th, 2012
Copper imbalance
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replied March 5th, 2013
I'm get cut so easily
I'm bleeding like I'm on blood thinners. I mark so easy on my arms. I do not take advil or anything. I am not on any kind of medication. I may be going through 'mid life' changes. I also have red marks that look like it could be ringworm (but its not) or eczema. I do not have a clue what this is about. What do you recommend.,Do I need to see a blood specialist or different skin specialist?
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replied October 16th, 2013
The user shirlik is correct. If have a stong metal taste in your mouth, or your blood smell like metal and also you may notice your blood has a more dense feel to it, you notice you start getting tired, short of breath. You may want to have your ferritin and hemoglobin levels checked. You may be suffering from the genetic disorder hemochromatosis. All the symptoms i described are what I experienced. Until I told my doctor that i cut my self and my blood did not run down like it would on a normal cut. When I cut my self my blood came out of the cut and it sat there like lava. My doctor ran the ferritin and hemoglobin test. My ferretin was around 2000 nml. normal level are 24 to 236. The way to bring down your ferritin is by a teraputic phlebotomy. Which consists of removing blood from your system, just like donating blood.
Please have your self check for hemocromatosis if you have a strong taste or smell in your blood.
The reason why you have the strong taste in your mouth it is highly likely because your gums are bleeding.
Please check the links below so you are better informed

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemochrom atosis/DS00455

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ferritin- test/MY00504/DSECTION=results

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemoglobi n-test/MY00529/DSECTION=results
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replied June 25th, 2014
Ignorant responses
Whenever I read these posts, any post, it amazes me just how incredibly ignorant and outright stupid so many people are. So many of the respondents fail to read or understand the original post. They appear to [rarely] read responses. They regularly provide thoughtless and incorrect advice and/or information.
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replied June 25th, 2014
Whenever I read these posts, any post, it amazes me just how incredibly ignorant and outright stupid so many people are. So many of the respondents fail to read or understand the original post. They appear to [rarely] read responses. They regularly provide thoughtless and incorrect advice and/or information.
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