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Loss of taste - covid?

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: May 28, 2020 1:42 AM

Anonymous 5 months

Hi doctor. My case is like this. On 22nd of May, i visited Subang Jaya for a job purpose. Upon returning home, i felt a little feverish. Body wasnt heaty but inner part was quite hot i felt. The next day i had a little body ache and visited a clinic. The doc gave medicine and i took it. I asked the doctor if it was anything to do with covid she asked me to return back on Day 3 to take a blood test. After eating the medicine my fatigue was okay but started to feel a little uneasy in my breathing. It was not tough to breath or anything, just a little uneasy. No fever no phlegm no cough. I went on day 3 to take a blood test and it showed no virus infection was detected in the blood. The doctor asked me relax and ask me to go back home. Today is the Day 6. I started to think i cant taste my food. I can smell well. When eating i can taste it but later on after finished chewing and swallowing i cant taste the food in my tongue or mouth. The breathing uneasiness is on and off in the same time. Should i take a covid test? Is this the symptoms for covid? Can we only loss our sense of taste but have the sense of smell still working well? Is this just the side effect of the fatigue medicine i ate (Piroxicam-20mg)? Do advice doctor. Thanks.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 5 months
General Practitioner


We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms indicative but not exclusive of COVID-19.

For you information, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (morea than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

Patients with COVID have reported to lose sense of smell. In a way, smell may affect your sense of taste too.

Apart from COVID-19, loss of sense of taste can be due to multiple health conditions:

  • runny nose
  • allergic rhinitis
  • sinusitis
  • smoking
  • nerve problem
  • dehydration

The needs of screening test depends on your risk profile. To assess your risk, you are encouraged to answer the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories.

You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link DoctorOnCall Tanya.

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