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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...
Alternative Names Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis Symptoms Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds Cough Coughing up blood Difficulty swallowing Hoarseness that does not get better in 1 - 2 weeks Neck pain Sore throat that does not get better in 1 - 2 weeks, even with antibiotics Swelling or lumps in the neck Unintentional weight loss Signs and tests The doctor will perform a physical exam. This may show a lump on the outside of the neck. Tests may include: Biopsy of suspected tumor Chest x-ray CT scan of chest CT scan of head and neck
1. I was diagnosed with acid reflux about a year ago via an endoscopy. For the last four months, I have been having symptoms in my throat despite taking Tums and Zantac. I am a smoker – could it be throat cancer? While the symptoms are most likely related to acid refluxing into the throat, if they have persisted despite treatment, you should discuss the issues with your physician. An examination with an ear, nose and throat physician would be warranted, as well as possibly changing the Zantac to a proton pump inhibitor. 2. Can acid reflux disease cause flu-like symptoms, such as chronic sore throat, cough, major sinus pressure, and a slight burning sensation in my lungs? ACT scan shows no sinus infection. Acid reflux disease can cause atypical symptoms such as sore throat, cough and wheezing that can mimic asthma. While a pulmonary consultation is usually warranted to rule out a primary respiratory problem, symptoms may resolve with treatme...
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