8 Ways to Treat Dry Eyes and Mouth
Yumhee Park | Nov 29, 2012
Use artificial tears
Dry eyes usually respond to the use of artificial tears being used regularly during the day. Lubricating eye drops alleviate the dry, scratchy feeling.
Try night gels
Another dry eye treatment is using a gel at night. These last longer than drops, and are typically recommended for people with mild-to-moderate dry eyes.
Block tear ducts
Plugging or blocking tear ducts can be used in more severe dry eye cases. These plugs are inserted into tear ducts to block drainage, which increases the tear film and surface moisture of the eye.
Eyedrops for irritation
Eyedrops that reduce inflammation in the glands around the eyes (cyclosporine- Restasis) may be used to increase tear production.
Drink water for dry mouth
To combat dry mouth, drink water. Taking little sips can keep your mouth moist without reducing the mucus film that helps prevent symptoms.
Chewing gum can help stimulate saliva flow, as well as protect the teeth and gums.
Saliva substitutes can be used to reduce dryness in the mouth or throat. Several brands and products exist, including sprays, liquids, lonenges and swabs.
Certain medications can also help stimulate saliva flow. These include pilocarpine (Salagen) or cevimuline (Evoxac). Talk to your doctor if you’ve been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome and are experiencing severe dry mouth.