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Does ageusia affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Ageusia is a complete loss of the sense of taste. There is no evidence to suggest that ageusia affects children differently than adults. It is very rare to be born with this condition. The gradual weakening of the sense of taste increases in people older than 50.

Ageusia means losing your sense of taste. Although the symptom is the same no matter what your age, the causes of ageusia may be different in children than in adults. In older people, medications or conditions such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease may damage the nerves that transmit taste signals to the brain. In children, infection or injury to the taste buds may be to blame. Although the condition is rare, ageusia is potentially dangerous, since it impairs a person's ability to detect that food has spoiled. 

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