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 ...
Difficulty swallowing, also called dysphagia, can occur in cancer patients for many reasons, particularly in those receiving chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancer. Conditions or treatments that damage the muscles and nerves that control swallowing can lead to dysphagia, and this damage occasionally leads to an increased risk of aspirating food, drink, or stomach acid into the airway and lungs. If you've been treated for cancer, especially for head and neck cancer, it's important to identify when you're having trouble swallowing and speak to your doctor about how to manage this problem. Even if you're not noticing the problems, your doctor may want to evaluate your swallow to see if you're aspirating silently and at risk from related complications. This blog is the first of two articles dedicated to the topic of recognizing and treating dysphagia and aspiration.
The process of swallowing is complex and requires the coordination of many muscles and nerves con...
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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