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Is it normal for someone who is autistic to have behaviours like drawing with saliva and chewing clothes?

Is it normal for someone who is autistic to have behaviours like drawing with saliva and chewing clothes?

Typical, not normal: Chewing clothes can be anxiety-driven, a compulsion, a tic or sensory-seeking behavior. Ot's & slt's often suggest a safe " chewy" necklace. Drawing with saliva should be extinguished by applied behavioral analysis techniques or other behavioral interventions. A functional behavioral assessment defines the antecedents & consequences of behaviors for effective extinction. A bcba provides therapy. ...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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My 1yo son smells bad when his saliva has dried up on his face and clothes. Is this normal in so young a child?

My 1yo son smells bad when his saliva has dried up on his face and clothes. Is this normal in so young a child?

Mgt: Many infants will drool at this age, and if he is otherwise well it is most likely normal. I would advise carrying a wash cloth to wipe away the drool. ...Read more

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My bf had shingles blisters on belly &back of him. We hugged and kissed, on clothes. Didn't touch blisters. Can saliva cause chicken pox from saliva?

My bf had shingles blisters on belly &back of him. We hugged and kissed, on clothes. Didn't touch blisters. Can saliva cause chicken pox from saliva?

No, but: The eruption of shingles places infectious particles in the weeping wounds involved. Direct contact with these particles can pass the virus. If you had enough contact with these particles they could infect someone if they reached your mouth, nose, eyes. Anyone that had chickenpox in the past would not get it again. It is not in the saliva of shingles patients, as it would be if he had chickenpox. ...Read more

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My son bit into a stacker 3 caffeine pill. He broke it but spit it out immediately. I wiped his mouth with a wash cloth. Can it absorb thru saliva?

My son bit into a stacker 3 caffeine pill. He broke it but spit it out immediately. I wiped his mouth with a wash cloth. Can it absorb thru saliva?

Not likely: If you washed his mouth out fairly quickly then I would worry. You sound like you did the right thing and so did he. The main thing here is that he got into your meds. You need to put them outta sight or way up high. Out of sight is your best bet. Kids are curious and get into things that you wouldn't believe. Cute little buggers...Aren't they. ...Read more

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If you get a DNA mouth swab and one swab hit your clothes is the swab ok or should it be dne over?

If you get a DNA mouth swab and one swab hit your clothes is the swab ok or should it be dne over?

Good question: It is all in the technique.
I personally think you should redo the mouth swab with the swabber using clean gloves and not hitting anything on the way to the tube. Some studies have shown that random clothes and objects are harboring bacteria. ...Read more

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I would like to know if herpes pas thru clothes myfriend touch his mouth then touched diff part of my body but I was wearing a shirt He had acoldsore?

I would like to know if herpes pas thru clothes myfriend touch his mouth then touched diff part of my body but I was wearing a shirt He had acoldsore?

Herpes: No. Skin to skin or infected fluid to skin directly. It does not pass through clothes. But, let me point out that 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. Most got this as a child from other family members. It is much more likely that you already have it than not. 90% of those infected do not get recurrent sores. Having a sore is not in any way correlated to contagiousness. ...Read more

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A kid put a piece of cloth that cleans dry eraser markers in my mouth. Should I be worried of consuming some dry-erase marker chemicals?

A kid put a piece of cloth that cleans dry eraser markers in my mouth. Should I be worried of consuming some dry-erase marker chemicals?

Spit out right away: As long as you spit the cloth out right away, there should not be a problem. If the markers are labeled as non- toxic there is no need to worry. ...Read more

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What is the name of the drug used on a cloth against the mouth and nose to knock people out?

What is the name of the drug used on a cloth against the mouth and nose to knock people out?

Chloroform or ether: Theoretically, any inhalational anesthetic gas can be used inappropriately in this manner. Originally ether and chloroform was used, or abused, this way as an anesthetic, but chloroform was found to have toxic side effects. Ether has since been replaced by more stable, reliable, and effective inhalational (gas) anesthetics like isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane. Do not try this at home! ...Read more

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After I put Nair on my uppper lip, which was close close to my mouth, and a tiny bit was on my upper lip and wiped it off with a wash cloth, my lips we?

After I put Nair on my uppper lip, which was close close to my mouth, and a tiny bit was on my upper lip and wiped it off with a wash cloth, my lips we?

Do not worry: What you described is not a cause for concern.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Vaginal fluid containg hiv spreaded cloth say for about 2minutes wiped on tip/mouth of penis. In this case hiv infection occurs?

Possible: So best to get yourself tested in about 3 months (sooner if you have the later version of HIV test available). Time to review your safe sex practice. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom teeth out on thursday can I smoke if I use gause ive been rinising with salt water and leaving tea bags in my mouth to help cloth?

I got my wisdom teeth out on thursday can I smoke if I use gause ive been rinising with salt water and leaving tea bags in my mouth to help cloth?

No: I would avoid smoking for at least 7 days post extraction as it slows down healing. If you no longer have active bleeding, and you should not, than you no longer need the tea bags. Rinse with warm salt water several times a day until tissue has closed off the extraction sites. ...Read more

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Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Maybe HSV, not VZV: Shingles rarely recurs so frequently but HSV does, and recurrent herpes simplex can look identical to zoster. 1) Retest next outbreak to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV), and PCR test for HSV. 2) Have an HSV IgG antibody test, expecting maybe positive for HSV1. 3) Continue valacylovir to prevent recurrences, whatever the cause. As others have advised, it is nontoxic and harmless, so why not? ...Read more

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When I chew food it isn’t fully chewed and my Mouth brings it down so then I bring it back and chew it more and there’s lots of saliva?

When I chew food it isn’t fully chewed and my Mouth brings it down so then I bring it back and chew it more and there’s lots of saliva?

This sounds more: Like a psychological problem than a medical problem. Ask your primary health care provider for a referral to a counselor who could help you with this issue. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my daughter from chewing on her clothes and toys?

What can I do to prevent my daughter from chewing on her clothes and toys?

First of all, how: Old is your daughter? Does she eat other things aside from clothes and toys? If still a baby, I would agree with dr. Ferguson. If she is older, I would suggest taking her to her pediatrician to get checked out for anemia, lead poisoning and other conditions that would give her this craving for things other than food called pica. Try to distract her and offer an alternative to chew on. ...Read more

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Does chewing tobacco help you pass a saliva drug test?

Does chewing tobacco help you pass a saliva drug test?

Tobacco: Nope, but it can certainly damage your teeth/gums. ...Read more

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My Mother is an AD patient. Recently, she has started chewing the clothes she is wearing or bed spreads where she is laid in. We are worried?

My Mother is an AD patient. Recently, she has started chewing the clothes she is wearing or bed spreads where she is laid in. We are worried?

Alzeimer Dementia: Unfortunately people with dementia lose their cognitive function, it may progress, no cure is available, some mood altering medicine might help with behavioral changes that also comes with its own price and side effects. That could be tried if the benefit outweighs the side effects. Supportive care is required a lot. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my mouth gets extra saliva when I chew gum?

Why might it be that my mouth gets extra saliva when I chew gum?

Chewing: Chewing gum will stimulate the production of saliva because your mouth thinks it is food. So salavia is produced. Saliva contains enzymes to start the digestion process. This is a natural process. Many people with dry mouths will chew gum just to make more saliva. ...Read more

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Whenever I eat food or drink somethin, saliva comes in my mouth together with the food and I have To chew food again Back, what is the reason for it.

Whenever I eat food or drink somethin, saliva comes in my mouth together with the food and I have To chew food again Back, what is the reason for it.

Not sure what you: Mean by "I have to chew the food again Back". Do you mean after you swallow the food it comes back up and you gave to chew it again? If so this is gastric reflux and requires medical treatment. If you mean the food mixes with saliva before you swallow it than this is normal. ...Read more

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Why do I get lots of saliva in my mouth from chewing mint flavored gum?

Flavors: Any time we eat the body produces saliva to aid in digestion so it is normal. ...Read more

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2 month old always chewing, sucking lips, producing bubbles with saliva even though nothing is there in her mouth. Why is it? Am worried

2 month old always chewing, sucking lips, producing bubbles with saliva even though nothing is there in her mouth. Why is it? Am worried

Normal behavior: This behavior generally represents the earliest self settling behavior a baby learns. The lips are supplied with a high density of nerve endings, and stimulating these is something baby can do/control early on. By doing so they aid their own comfort. Adults soak in a tub or read. The effect is similar. ...Read more

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My mother has Alzheimers. Recently, she has started chewing clothes like her nigh suit, the bed cover that she is laid in. Any cloth basically.?

My mother has Alzheimers. Recently, she has started chewing clothes like her nigh suit, the bed cover that she is laid in. Any cloth basically.?

Harmless Comfort: 54 year old female says, My mother has Alzheimer's. recently has started chewing clothes like her night suit... any cloth basically? Spontaneous Chewing on personal Clothing/Bedding & other items have been noted and reported by many Family/ Caregivers in late Alzheimer's stage. Not really clear why but it is harmless and seems to give them some comfort. Just ensure they don't chew harmful/toxic ...Read more

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My ent saw a lot of saliva in my throat but he doesn’t know why I also have trouble swallowing and chewing?

My ent saw a lot of saliva in my throat but he doesn’t know why I also have trouble swallowing and chewing?

Saliva and dysphasia: It is not very common for you to have difficulty swallowing at your age. I would get a swallowing evaluation just to be sure. Talk to your primary care doctor to get the order: modified barium swallow with an esophagram would be in order for piece of mind. Feel better. ...Read more

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How can I stop the habit of chewing with my mouth open?

How can I stop the habit of chewing with my mouth open?

Try Closing Mouth: You may have a bad habit for a long time keeping your mouth open while eating and chewing your food. Try to keep your mouth closed while eating and chewing. If you physically are not able to do because of some abnormality in your facial muscles or some other abnormality. Then the first thing to do is consult your Primary Care Doctor and get checked and go from there ...Read more

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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