We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and shared germs are leading factors in the escalation of cough, wheezing, runny nose and sinus congestion plaguing many of us. Although many areas of the country will soon see a dramatic decline in outdoor mold counts as the first hard frost approaches, the common cold virus is here to wreak havoc for several more months.
As a parent, I know there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child cough all night. During the fall and winter months, the common cold virus is often the culprit responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and asthma attacks in adults and children. Stopping the cough becomes a main goal for surviving work, school and sleep time.
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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.
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