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I have social anxiety/social phobia excessive saliva symptoms, please help?

I have social anxiety/social phobia excessive saliva symptoms, please help?

On Spit & Distress: People struggling w/ social anxiety often get hyperfocused on the physical symptoms they experience in dreaded soc situations. This serves 2 magnifiy the intense discomfort that lies at heart of soc anx, viz, discomfort associated w/ the fear of embarrassing urself. Paradoxically, one way 2 "bust your shame" = If u were 2 make urself salivate even more & draw attn 2 ur saliva in a soc situation. Read more

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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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Experiencing excess saliva recently. History of mild tingling/numbness/arm weakness/need for deep breath. Normal blood tests/ekg/brain mri. Anxiety?

Experiencing excess saliva recently. History of mild tingling/numbness/arm weakness/need for deep breath. Normal blood tests/ekg/brain mri. Anxiety?

It depends.: I do not think that a heart condition is likely, given your age and results under normal conditions. It depends on when you get these episodes, and under what circumstances. If they happen during a hectic period in your day, like at work, etc., I would say anxiety is likely. However, if they occur at random points during your day, or after exertion, I would say get a stress test, etc.. Read more

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What can I do to handle anxiety and my secretion of saliva?

What can I do to handle anxiety and my secretion of saliva?

By working on the: Anxiety. Start w a med eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Take care. Read more

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Is it possible for long-term xerostomia (reduced saliva production for 3 months) to be caused by severe anxiety and stress that started 4 months ago?

Possible but seek MD: Prolonged xerostomia should warrant MD evaluation - many medications such as for allergies, sleep and anxiety can cause this, but other hormonal/metabolic and even autoimmune disorders also can. Read more

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Hi, I have anxiety. Doctor said I am physically fine. But I have a feeling that saliva/fluid went the wrong tube. Can this cause dry drowning?

Hi, I have anxiety. Doctor said I am physically fine. But I have a feeling that saliva/fluid went the wrong tube. Can this cause dry drowning?

The fear you: Mention sounds like it is related to an anxiety disorder. If your doc has cleared you for medical problem please see a mental health professional for treatment. Do not rely on medication alone but learn techniques to cope such as clinical hypnosis, relaxation training, etc. Peace and good health. Read more

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Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

Have extreme phobia of cold sores and am taking benzos for anxiety, which make me drool. Can this saliva ASYMPTOMATICALLY spread Hsv1 to chin, cheek?

No: You are either going to express them on the chin/cheek or not. HSV1 usually presents on the lips. The saliva is immaterial to spread/emergence of the HSV1. Read more

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I have high cortisol levels. What does this mean? I am in perimenopause and have been tested for my hormone levels. A recent saliva test showed I have high cortisol levels. I have been suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia. I am under going

I have high cortisol levels. What does this mean? I am in perimenopause and have been tested for my hormone levels. A recent saliva test showed I have high cortisol levels. I have been suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia. I am under going

High: High cortisol levels should be confirmed and further evaluated by an internist or endocrinologist. Salivary testing is not mainstream and could be misleading. Stress can result in elevations of cortisol but these will usually suppress with Dexamethasone (this is part of the further testing). Read more

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I have anxiety. Doc said im fine. But I have sensation saliva is caught somwhere between my throat and chest. Is ist dangerous? Can it cause dry drown

I have anxiety. Doc said im fine. But I have sensation saliva is caught somwhere between my throat and chest. Is ist dangerous? Can it cause dry drown

NO: I do not think that you will drown from your own saliva. If you have anxiety then you ought to get treatment for this. See a therapist or a psychiatrist if you can. Not sure how this all works out in Canada. Read more

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Gagging fits often. Thought, anxiety? Have dry cough. Choke on small amounts of H20/saliva. Sometimes vomit in mouth. Acid in throat in AM sometimes.

Gagging fits often. Thought, anxiety? Have dry cough. Choke on small amounts of H20/saliva. Sometimes vomit in mouth. Acid in throat in AM sometimes.

Where to start: More Information is essential, but it prob is bad reflux (usually worse lying down lying down simply to gravity).sounds like w/hiatal hernia (see pic) which can be more sx'atic. Often chron cough and hoarse voice from food going "wrong way" into breath tube & irritate voc cords. PPIs should help, but need to see GI and/or ENTI to check for more advanced damage. Oth poss dx but w/out eval this fits Read more

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My son says started to have anxiety off of something he thought was abnormal and then he stood up and said his mouth got hot and stopped taking in air?

My son says started to have anxiety off of something he thought was abnormal and then he stood up and said his mouth got hot and stopped taking in air?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. Read more

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Sudden feeling of tingliness throughout mouth. Almost like a bolt of electricity through body? I have anxiety, also. Related?

Sudden feeling of tingliness throughout mouth. Almost like a bolt of electricity through body? I have anxiety, also. Related?

Maybe: Tingling around the mouth is often associated with hypocapnia- low levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. If it occurs during an anxiety attack and your breathing rate is rapid, it may be related. Read more

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Can anxiety cause numbness in the lips and mouth?

Can anxiety cause numbness in the lips and mouth?

Numbness: Also called paresthesias, yes it is common, along with other symptoms of anxiety. Read more

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Have health anxiety. If you think about corner of mouth wanting to droop, can Anxiety actually make you feel like it's gonna happen?

Health anxiety: Yes. If you think about it, anxiety can make you "feel like it's gonna happen." In fact, anxiety is one of the only things that can make a person "feel like" a corner of their mouth is going to droop. There is no sensation associated with a mouth corner that's about to droop. Schedule an appt with your psych MD and talk abt treatments for anxiety. B4 then, try a distraction -- the x word, a bath? Read more

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Saliva (Definition)

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


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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more