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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Preservative free: This response is specific for the person and their specific underlying cause or reason for using artificial tears. In my experience the most success is with refresh advanced, retain MGD, refresh celluvisc, md Bion tears. I have had a lot of success with recommending Systane Balance although it has preservatives. Once again it depends on your underlying reason for using artificial tears. ...Read more
Yes: Non preserved artificial tears are often recommended for the treatment of dry eyes in individuals who are sensitive to preservatives. There use can be very frequent (every 30' or so) due to low surface irritation side effects. Just as with any eye drop medication, avoid contamination of the dropper tip. Non preserved drops last generally 1 day, & are best refrigerated in between uses to protect. ...Read more
Eye lubrication: Lacrilube (artificial tears) is a purified petrolatum which is certified for use on the eye. It is use to lubricate the eye, especially in cases of eye dryness more than the average and is used in hospitals to protect the eyes in situations where the eyes might dry out. It is a brand name, and there are a number of equivalent over the counter products with the same effect. ...Read more
Dry mouth: Many medications will cause dry mouth. Talk to your doctor about medications and see a dentist also. Dry. Mouth will cause cavities. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Avoid mouthwash with alcohol with can maki it worse. Biotene products are specifically made to help dry mouth. Chewing xylitol or sugar free gum can stimulate saliva flow. Keep well hydrated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No effect: Tears supplement the natural tears and relieve symptoms related to this. They have no effect on tear production and will not change the physiological pattern for which tear supplementation is needed. So continue to use tears as needed. ...Read more
Broken down: Artificial coloring and flavoring is broken down just like any other chemical in the body. Your chemistry does not appreciate any difference between artificial or natural. It breaks down chemicals based upon their molecular structure. Fortunately, there is a limited vocabulary of chemical structures and the body does not have to maintain a million separate pathways for degradation. ...Read more
Possibly: If the person who does the coughing is HIV positive and if he has a positive viral count (he should know this if he is being treated), then the saliva and secretions can contain the virus. If this gets into someone else's eye, it can pass into the back of the throat and if there is a break in the lining you could get the virus in your system and have a problem. A lot of "ifs" to happen. ...Read more
Evaporative dry eyes. Use Genteal gel 2X/day n Tears Naturale (artificial tears) 4-6x. Still not comfy when windy. Is Restasis or plugs a better option? Risks?
Water containing washing up liquid splashed in my eye. Cannot get drops or artificial tears until tomorrow is clean water good enough to rinse it with?
Yes: Artificial tears are replacement drops for individuals whose tear production may be low or if their tasks result in high evaporative tear loss, such as reading, computer use, windy activities outside to name a few. Many commercially available tear replacement drops are available, and all work satisfactorily. If more severe dry eye problems exist, see an eye md for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more