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you could have a bad dental gingivitis bacterial infection causing the sour taste in your mouth
or you could be having worse stomach acid reflux up your esophagus coming up into your mouth.
you need to control your acid reflux with acid blockers like zantac and prilosec and malox and mylanta and nexium to see if that helps
and you need to get your teeth checked by a dentist to see if you have an infection.
do you have a dentist you can see right away?
I just went to the GP today, but he told me it could be acid reflux, but i don't know how an acid reflux would act like? Do I feel anything in my throat other than tasting sour in my mouth?
that could be the only sign of acid reflux.
I am an international student in the UK, I need some time to find dentist
did your GP talk to you about medications to decrease stomach acid?
like zantac or prilosec?
also you have to avoid alcohol and sodas and tomato sauce and spicy foods to help calm down acid reflux.
the GP told me to get 28 omeprazole 20mg gastro-resistant capsules, i bought from pharmacy and i had one capsule for today.
Out of the four items you told me to avoid, i think i ate most spicy food, i dont drink alcohol, soda and i dont consume tomato or tomato sauce. I will cut down my spicy food intake.
yes, that will help decrease the stomach acid.
avoid large meals as well
and avoid eating too close to bed time.
use the omeprazole 30-60 minutes before meals daily.
this should help
and do find a dentist.
let me know if you have other questions.
Teeth infection does not necessarily mean i will feel pain on my teeth/gum right?
usually dental infections do cause a lot of pain.
But i don't feel pain on any of my teeth
I will get a dentist though
then dental infections are less likely
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may i know how many days should i observe after taking the capsules, before i go to the dentist?
I bet your sour taste in your mouth will get better in 1-2 weeks
if you continue your omeprazole
and continue to avoid spicy foods
wow thats long :(
acid reflux doesn't mean heartburn right?
some people can have acid reflux and not have heart burn.
heart burn is pain in your chest from stomach acid burning your esophagus.
Okay thank you. Probably just one/two last questions.
Other than the both possible causes, are there anything else that could cause constant sour taste in mouth?
those are the two most common causes.
I would not stress about other causes at this point.
your GP thinks you have acid reflux as well and didn't think you have something else.
Okay, you're right, i shouldn't be too pessimistic about it
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Hi Dr David,
Can i just ask another question? Sometimes when I burp, i feel sour and "spicy" taste back at my throat, but that was only temporary, the sour taste didn't stay long like how it does now. Does that mean this time around my acid reflux could be more serious than the usual acid reflux, which causing the sour taste to constantly stay in my mouth?
Even though now I didn't burp and I don't feel anything in my throat, it could cause constant sour taste on my tongue?