8 Ways to Treat Dry Eyes and Mouth

by Yumhee Park Content Producer

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.

Chew gum

Chewing gum can help stimulate saliva flow, as well as protect the teeth and gums.

Saliva substitutions

Saliva substitutes can be used to reduce dryness in the mouth or throat. Several brands and products exist, including sprays, liquids, lonenges and swabs.

Prescription medication

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.

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Yumhee Park is a former content producer for HealthCentral and helped bring important stories of health advocates to life as a member of the Live Bold, Live Now multimedia team.