Healthy eating for people with COPD

10) Practical tips to try if you have noticed a changed sense of taste

If you are struggling with taste changes the following may help:

  • If you are using a steroid inhaler always rinse your mouth and gargle with water after use, this helps to prevent oral thrush.
  • Regularly clean teeth/ dentures, use mouth wash and try and floss if possible.
  • Focus on foods you enjoy and don’t be afraid to try new foods.
  • Try sharp or spicy foods that have stronger flavour.
  • Experiment with seasonings’ (suggestions on next page).
  • If you have gone off a particular food, re-try it again after a couple of weeks as your taste may have changed again.
  • If your taste has changed and does not return or if you are experiencing unpleasant tastes tell your doctor. Ask for this to be investigated.