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Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is also called xerostomia. It often occurs when the salivary gland is unable to produce enough saliva in the mouth. It can also be due to dehydration, Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, side effects of certain medications, nerve damage, and chemotherapy. The symptoms are dryness in the mouth, throat, raw tongue, bad breath, and frequent thirst. Drinking water frequently, avoiding certain medications, chewing sugarless gums, and improving overall oral health helps to treat it.

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Do my eyes, throat, mouth, and nose become dry at night due to Sjogren's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 45-year-old male. I had a physical examination done ten months ago. My reports came normal. I began having dry eyes, dry throat, and mouth. My antibody test results came negative. My doctor said the ANA is a false positive, although I have lingering dryness of the throat, mouth,...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have dry eyes and mouth symptoms with positive ANA (antinuclear antibody) test. ANA is positive in 5 % of the general population and carries little significance unless associated with clinical symptoms. However, Sicca syndrome's symptoms need to be evaluated by sia...  Read Full »

I had some medicines for quick relief of fever. Can this cause dry mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female, 24 years old. I had a slight fever past month, so I went to a pharmacist, he gave me two doses of Nimesulide Paracetamol tablets and some quick relief tablet (having Chlorpheniramine, Phynelpherine, Hydrochloric and Guaiphenesin salt). My fever went away, but I had a dry m...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As such it is not serious but I will tell you there can be some factors responsible for it like drugs Chlorpheniramine which you have taken. Anxiety can cause dryness in the mouth and ulcers are commonly observed in stressed patients particularly females of age group 20...  Read Full »

I have tingling gums and dry mouth, despite treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe tingling on my face and in my mouth (gums) and a severe dry mouth and throat. I believe I had an oral thrush. I took Fluconazole 150mg one-off; it made all my symptoms go away for two days, and then all my symptoms came back. I feel unwell with the tingling; it feels like...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Please share completed test reports, doctor prescriptions, and images of mouth lesions now and earlier. Oral thrush is usually the result of another medical condition or a side effect of medical treatment. Oral thrush ...  Read Full »

Are the white spots present in the back of the palate cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor, I discovered a lot of white spots in the back of the palate and I am super afraid that this could be cancer. I do not know if it is possible to upload a picture. I am 29 years old, non-smoker but I do drink alcohol sometimes. I am currently on L-Thyrox 75 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since how many days have you noticed these spots? Is there irritation while eating hot or spicy food? It might be just starting of a throat infection and definitely not cancer. Are you taking any medicines? Did you take any specific food items or very hot drinks, et...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of taking Adderall?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

I suffer from prolonged sleep, dry mouth, and headaches. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I find myself sleeping excessively, approximately 10 to 11 hours per night. I have been taking QPIN S 400 once at night after meals for the past eight months, and even after reducing the dose to 300 mg, my sleep pattern persists. I am also experiencing dry mouth and headaches. Could th...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Currently, you are taking Quetiapine, an antipsychotic known for its sedative effects. Considering your long-term struggle with depression, it is essential to note that Quetiapine may not be the most suitable option fo...  Read Full »

Do dry mouth and burning sensation in feet indicate diabetes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male with a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weight of 169 pounds. My doctor checked my HbA1c a year back and found it 4.2 %. Recently, I was facing little dryness in my mouth and that is why drinking more water too. Also facing some little burn in my feet. Other things...  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your HbA1c report is in the normal range, you do not have diabetes. If your test was done in a reliable laboratory, there is absolutely no need to repeat this. The dryness of mouth can occur due to dehydration. So I recommend that you drink...  Read Full »

After unprotected sex, I developed dry mouth. Is it HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am writing hoping you can give me a sigh of relief or a little clarity. First, let me start by saying I do have an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) phobia. However, below will give you a better idea of my story. Two months back, I had unprotected oral sex with a guy that lasted for...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A fourth generation HIV duo test is considered reliableand conclusive if it is still negative after six weeks. Most STD (sexually transmitted diseases) specialists consider this six weeks gap as the upper limit of the window period for an HIV duo test result to be consid...  Read Full »

Are severe dry mouth, fatigue, memory problems autoimmune rections to antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a problem with dry eyes, mouth, and vagina. I cannot cry because there is no tear production. I also have episcleritis in my right eye. Now I am afraid that I have Sjogren's syndrome. The other thing that is even worse is I cannot tolerate any antibiotics. I discovered that when ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to do not panic. Yes, this can be an autoimmune disease. In fact, as there are dry mouth and dry eyes, the clinical diagnosis is Sjogren's disease as you mentioned which is an autoimmune disease. Sjogren's disease is basically of two types, primary where there is no ...  Read Full »

My throat and mouth gets dry at night. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For two years, I wake up in the night with dry throat and mouth and blocked sinuses. Back of mouth or throat is also coated with unpleasant, pale yellow scum on waking (during the day, I am fine). I saw ENT doctor a month ago, diagnosed inflamed sinuses and prescribed four months of st...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think that you need to perform a CT scan for your nose and sinuses. There may be a surgical cause for your naso-sinal problems as polyps, deviated septum or hypertrophied turbinates. Perform the scan then show it to me. Do you have excessive sneezing or rhinorrhea? Do y...  Read Full »

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