Anxiety symptoms - Taste and smell symptoms - A tinny, metallic, ammonia, blood-like, bitter, or odd or unusual smell or taste in the mouth and/or nose

Odd smells or tastes anxiety symptoms

Taste and smell symptoms:

These odd smells or tastes can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may have an odd smell and/or taste once and a while and not that often, have it off and on, or have it all the time.

These odd smells or tastes may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

These odd smells or tastes can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

These odd smells or tastes can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. They can also come in waves, where they are strong one moment and ease off the next.

These odd smells or tastes can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

Why can anxiety cause odd smells and tastes?

There are many reasons why anxiety can cause odd smells and tastes. For more information, see our "Bad Taste In Mouth Anxiety Symptoms" symptom.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2015.

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