Chronic cough and even chest pain can be caused by acid reflux. This can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often not associated with classic symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn . [Editor's note: If you're experiencing chest pain, it's important to talk to your doctor immediately about whether heart conditions could be causing the symptoms you're experiencing. See common heart attack symptoms here .] Frequently, cough and chest pain related to acid reflux require double doses of acid-reducing agents for longer periods of time than is typically required to treat heartburn. If you are experiencing a chronic cough or chest pain, check with your doctor immediately. Remember to speak with your physician about your symptoms and treatments. My blog is not for individual treatment or practice. More information on acid reflux drugs More common questions about acid reflux cough answered by our doctor
Dry mouth means you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth can cause problems with chewing, swallowing, and speaking and can alter your sense of taste. Dry mouth also can increase your risk of developing infections in your mouth. The technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia (pronounced ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah).
Chemotherapy can cause dry mouth. So can a number of pain medications, antidepressants, and antihistamines.
Managing dry mouth
If you have dry mouth during chemotherapy, talk to you doctor. Artificial salivas are available that can help.
Other tips to ease dry mouth:
Sucking on hard candy or chewing sugarless gum can help your salivary glands produce more saliva.
Sip water or other sugarless drinks often. Keep a container of water nearby at all times. Drinking a lot of water while you're eating will make chewing and swallowing easier. It may also make the food taste better.
Use a straw when you drink.
Take small bites and chew your food well.
Each week, Health and Beauty Expert Sue Chungwill discuss skin health topics suggested by members of the HealthCentral community. To ask Sue a question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. Reader's Question: I know dry skin is supposed to be a winter problem, but my time in the sun and at the beach and pool are making my skin flaky. What can I do about this without avoiding summer activities completely? Sue's Response: It seems counterintuitive that water dries out skin. Water makes up 60 percent of our bodies. Doctors tell us to drink plenty of it every day. So if water in side our bodies keeps us hydrated, why does water out side our bodies make us dry? The fact of the matter is that our bodies are not meant to stay in water for prolonged periods of time. Our skin maintains a balance with our natural (dry) environment. When we spend a lot of time in the water and then get out, the water evaporates from our skin an...
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