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Chemotherapy can cause sores in your mouth and throat. These sores can become infected by yeast, bacteria, or viruses in your mouth. Chemotherapy medications can also make mouth tissues dry or irritated and cause them to bleed. Sores and dry mouth tissue can make eating painful. Even your favorite foods may irritate your mouth.
If you have mouth sores, ask you doctor for a medication to apply directly on the sores; don't use over-the-counter applications unless you check first with your doctor. Use lip balm if your lips are dry. And if your mouth is very dry, ask your doctor about using artificial saliva products. Learn more about the causes of a sore mouth and throat and medicines that can help.
What to do if you have a sore mouth or throat:
Eat soft, bland, creamy foods high in calories and protein, such as cream-based soups, cheeses, yogurt, milkshakes, pudding, ice cream, or commercial liquid protein supplements. If you're only able to eat a little without pain, eating higher-ca...
As I’ve mentioned before, the onset of menopause causes a woman’s body to change. We think of the ending of our period, but changes in hormonal balance can cause havoc as well. Two new studies have recently been published that focus on women who go through early menopause and potential health issues that may arise for them.
In a study published in the June 11 issue of Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that early menopause may be associated with increased risks of suffering a brain aneurysm.
First, let me provide some more background information on brain aneurysms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Health defined a cerebral aneurism as “a weak area of a blood vessel that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out.” There are many types of aneurysms. For instance, one type does not offer any symptoms, but can be found through an MRI or CT scan. Others ...
Full Question: Just wondered if any studies have been done to determine if depression can be a cause of migraines? I have experienced mild depression for the last 15 years during which time I also developed an increase in headaches. These were diagnosed as migraines about 8 years ago. However, I've also gone through menopause during the last 8 years, which has not changed the frequency or severity of my headaches. Thanks, Marge . Answer: Dear Marge; Depression is not the cause of Migraines, nor does depression trigger Migraines. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. Currently, the best information we have on the cause of Migraines is overactive neurons in the brains of Migraineurs. When a Migraineur encounters their physical Migraine triggers, those neurons fire in a wave across the brain, creating a chain reaction that’s responsible for the symptoms of the Migraine attack. It is well established, however that Migraine and depression are often comorbid c...
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