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What causes dry mouth?

What causes dry mouth?

What DOESN'T?: There are all sorts of things that can cause dry mouth, especially medications. Dry mouth is the number one side effect experienced among all prescription medications. There are also blockages in salivary ducts called sialolith's or autoimmune diseases like sjogrens disease. One way or another, the salivary glands just aren't getting the juices flowing. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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


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What does this mean heart racing dry mouth can't relax indegestion?

What does this mean heart racing dry mouth can't relax indegestion?

Anxiety: Are you stressed, nervous or anxious. The symptoms you are describing sounds like anxiety or nerves. ...Read more

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How can I treat dry mouth caused by my add medication?

How can I treat dry mouth caused by my add medication?

No Candy!: First be sure it's the add med causing the problem. Then ask your md if it can be changed to one that is less drying. Third, use only products that are sugar free. Search google for xylitol candy and other products. Xylitol is a sweetener that does not cause tooth decay and in fact helps prevent it. That is the biggest problem with dry mouths. ...Read more

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I was treated at ER for bee allergy wonder if that means my bee allergy is getting worse had dry mouth nausea itchy mouth.

I was treated at ER for bee allergy wonder if that means my bee allergy is getting worse had dry mouth nausea itchy mouth.

It can get worse: Every individual is different but in some cases each time you are stung you could have an increase in symptoms. In other people there is no difference and the symptoms are always the same. You can be tested by an allergist and given an epipen (epinephrine) script. The main symptoms to monitor for is shortness of breathing and the throat tightening down Be careful and if the symptoms seem to increase go ER ...Read more

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I can feel worms in my mouth but can't see them, dentist treating for dry mouth, I can't cope with these feelings, been 4 months suffering now?

I can feel worms in my mouth but can't see them, dentist treating for dry mouth, I can't cope with these feelings, been 4 months suffering now?

Need advice: Your problem may be as much psychologic as physiologic. Please consult with a competent mental health professional. ...Read more

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Can a vaginal yeast infection or Flucanozole treatment cause dry mouth?

Can a vaginal yeast infection or Flucanozole treatment cause dry mouth?

Yes: Lots of causes including not drinking enough water, climate dryness, medications, allergies and acid reflux. If you suspect that you have a yeast infection see your doctor for a culture ...Read more

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Are there any home treatments for diarrhea and dry mouth?

Are there any home treatments for diarrhea and dry mouth?

See your PCP: There are many causes of dry mouth like side effect of certain medications, diarrhea, certain diseases and infections (diabetes, anemia), nerve damage, just to name a few. See your PCP for proper diagnosis and treatment or referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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How can you cure dry mouth?

How can you cure dry mouth?

Depends on the cause: This symptom is very common, and is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication. Dehydration, radiotherapy involving the salivary glands and several diseases can cause change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia (dry mouth). Sometimes there is no identifiable cause...Certainly see your physician asap! ...Read more

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What to do to get rid of dry mouth?

What to do to get rid of dry mouth?

Dry mouth: Dry mouth may have many causes, ranging from a salty meal to, particularly medication causing xerostomia., simple treatment may be helpful
1. Hydrate with plenty of water,
2. Stimulate your own saliva with sugarless hard candy'
3.Alcohol free mouthwashes
try biotene products. ...Read more

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Which drugs cause dry mouth?

Many: The list of medications that cause dry mouth is very long and growing so I cannot list them all. The most important thing to do is take steps to avoid the damage to your teeth that dry mouth can do. Avoid sugary and highly acidic foods and drinks. See your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry mouth/nose when waking up?

How can I prevent dry mouth/nose when waking up?

Lubricant: I've heard of some that will rub vaseline over the areas before they go to bed. ...Read more

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What allergy medication should I take to avoid dry mouth?  

What allergy medication should I take to avoid dry mouth?  

Newer generation: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is going to cause the most issues with dry mouth. Newer antihistamines (allegra, zyrtec, and even claritin) are going to cause less. Anthistamine nasal sprays (astelin, astepro, pantanase) are the best option (rx only) to avoid systemic side effects (drowsiness, dry mouth, etc.). ...Read more

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I have been urinating very often and have dry mouth. I have also had. Headache for four days now which gets better or worsens to a migraine. Diabetes?

Bladder infection?: The most common cause of urinating very often is bladder irritation from urinary tract infection, in which case you will have a burning sensation also. A urine test will reveal the chance of both bladder infection and diabetes. ...Read more

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What can I get for dry mouth relief?

What can I get for dry mouth relief?

There are many: Otc products that can help - salivart synthetic saliva spray, spry dry mouth spray. Gc dry mouth gel - rx product available from your dentist. Consult also with your physician - side effect of many meds is dry mouth. ...Read more

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If you are already dehydrated can it cause dry mouth?

No: It causes the mouth to feel dry but will not cause a permanent condition. That is usually genetic in nature or due to damage to salivary gland or the parasympathetic nervous system. ...Read more

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Can having a dry mouth increase my risk of getting cavities? I read that having a dry mouth can increase the chances of getting cavities. I think I generally have a pretty dry mouth, and would like to know what I can do to stop it. Is just drinking more w

Can having a dry mouth increase my risk of getting cavities? I read that having a dry mouth can increase the chances of getting cavities. I think I generally have a pretty dry mouth, and would like to know what I can do to stop it. Is just drinking more w

You: You are correct. A dry mouth with decreased salivary flow will allow food to adhere to the teeth, increasing the chances of cavities and gum disease.

What must be determined first is the cause of your dry mouth. Do you take high blood pressure meds? Are you anxious or nervous? Many medications have dry mouth as a side effect. There are also certain medical conditions that can cause dry mouth.

You should consult with your dentist and bring a list of medications for him/her to review.
There are saliva substitites for severe cases, but as you said, keeping will hydrated and having meticulous oral hygene may be enough.

See the below link. ...Read more

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What causes dry mouth?

What DOESN'T?: There are all sorts of things that can cause dry mouth, especially medications. Dry mouth is the number one side effect experienced among all prescription medications. There are also blockages in salivary ducts called sialolith's or autoimmune diseases like sjogrens disease. One way or another, the salivary glands just aren't getting the juices flowing. ...Read more

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What causes dry mouth?

Many causes: It can be from excessive intake of caffeine or alcohol, not drinking enough water or related to the side effect some medications for treatment of blood pressure or mental health. Aging, post radiation treatment and some diseases like sjorgren's syndrome can also lead to dry mouth. ...Read more

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What to do about dry mouth?

Investigate: Many possible causes. Some need medical management. Anxiety and sjogrens syndrome are two causes that come to mind. Symptomatic treatment for your comfort could include artificial saliva or even lemon drop candies. But these should be considered after medical causes are eliminated or better understood. You wouldn't want to mask symptoms of a significant illness that can be treated. ...Read more

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How can you cure dry mouth?

Depends on the cause: This symptom is very common, and is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication. Dehydration, radiotherapy involving the salivary glands and several diseases can cause change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia (dry mouth). Sometimes there is no identifiable cause...Certainly see your physician asap! ...Read more

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Which drugs cause dry mouth?

Many: The list of medications that cause dry mouth is very long and growing so I cannot list them all. The most important thing to do is take steps to avoid the damage to your teeth that dry mouth can do. Avoid sugary and highly acidic foods and drinks. See your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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What medicines cause dry mouth?

Several medications: Several medications cause dry mouth including anti-depressants, anti-epileptics, muscle relaxants, anti-psychotics and anti-histaminics (benadryl, claritin). Additionally, smoking/tobacco and anti-cancer drugs can also cause dry mouth. ...Read more

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What are medicine for dry mouth?

Dry mouth: Chewing xylitol or sugar free gum or candy. Avoid acidic or sugary drinks and foods, stay hydrated with water. Avoid alcohol containing mouthwash. Try biotene or lubricity to make your mouth feel better. Work with your dentist and have fluoride treatment for your teeth. ...Read more

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Does cola syrup cause dry mouth?

Of course: Anything with artificial sugar or natural sugar may cause the dry mouth. If you have a chronically dry mouth, it might be a good idea to get your doctor to check your average levels of blood glucose (A1C). ...Read more

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Dry mouth symptoms of what drugs?

Many, many drugs: Over the counter cold medicines, allergy medicines, prescription heart & blood pressure medicines, anti- depressants, and so many others have a side effect of dry mouth. Realistically, if you are taking any medicine at all, make sure you are maintaining excellent oral hygiene, drinking lots of water, and seeing your dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay from dry mouth. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my dry mouth go away?

See your PCP: There are many causes of dry mouth including: mouth breathing, OSA, certain medications, smoking and systemic illnesses (diabetes). Some causes are easily correctable, others are more difficult to treat. Taking good history may be helpful to find the cause and can be of significant value when treating dry mouth symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some causes of dry mouth?

What are some causes of dry mouth?

Dry mouth: Common causes in my practice include anticholinergic side effects of medication, such as antidepressant or antihistamine meds, mouth breathing due to sinus or nasal problems, dehydration from vomiting, diarrhea, and uncontrolled diabetes. It can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as sjogren's syndrome. ...Read more

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What is behind constant dry mouth?

Medications, usually: Many medications have the side effect of reducing salivation. If you are taking any meds, ask your dentist or physician if they can cause this problem. Beside medications, dry mouth can also be caused by recreational drug use, radiation to the head or neck for cancer treatment, coffee/tea, anxiety and others that don't come to my mind at this moment. ...Read more

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What food are good for a dry mouth?

Dry mouth: Avoid foods and drinks that are acidic or high in sugar. Chew xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva. Drink lots of water. See your doctor to find out the cause of your dry mouth and perhaps change medications. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dry Mouth Syndrome (Xerostomia) (Definition)

Can be caused by loss of fluids from diarrhea or vomiting that leads to dehydration, or occasionally as a side effect of a medication. ...Read more