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Mom's having a health issue that is providing me with a new perspective related to taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease – she’s having trouble swallowing solid food. We received a call from the nursing home’s speech therapist, who indicated that the dietary staff had noticed this issue. After watching Mom eat, the therapist couldn’t determine why Mom couldn’t swallow solid food. And asking Mom what’s going on doesn’t provide any answers; she just keeps on trying to chew and swallow the food, even though she’s gagging. “The 36-Hour Day” by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins explained, “People who cannot express themselves well may not be able to answer yes or no when you ask them specific questions such as ‘Does your head hurt?’ Even people who still express themselves well may fail to recognize or may be unable to report pain.” I noticed this issue the last time I took cookies to Mom. Her eyes got that excited ...
Have a mouthful of trouble? Mucositis may be the name of your pain. Mucositis refers to the swelling and ulceration in the lining of your mouth and gastrointestinal tract resulting from cancer treatment. This dreaded complication affects almost all patients undergoing high dose chemotherapy and nearly 80% of those receiving radiation to the head and neck. Mucositis causes altered taste perception, significant pain, and difficulty swallowing; and severe mucositis can result in weight loss, infection, and dehydration. If you're suffering symptoms of oral mucositis (also called stomatitis) it's important to maintain oral intake and practice good oral hygiene to avoid potentially life-threatening complications. RECOGNIZE MUCOSITIS : Patients on high dose chemotherapy often experience symptoms four to five days after beginning treatment, with symptoms being most severe around day 10. Patients receiving head and neck radiation begin having symptoms near the end of the second treatment ...
Generic Name: EXPECTORANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Refenesen Chest Congest & Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). The expectorant helps thin and
loosen mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus.
Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin pain reliever and fever
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (such as emphysema),
or coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use ...
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