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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Can Botox injection for bruxism cause Sjogren's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, A month ago, I was tested for Sjogren's syndrome based on my symptoms. Early Sjogren's panel CA-6 (carbonic anhydrase VI) was positive. However, the lip biopsy was negative. Everything else was normal. I then remembered my Botox treatment for bruxism two months ago. One month after the...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would like to explain that your symptoms could be related to the Botox injections as they may persist up to six months after the injection. On the other hand, the tablet Duloxetine can cause dry mouth due to its anticholinergic adverse e...  Read Full »

Is my extremely dry mouth due to the Botox treatment which I took two months ago?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an extremely dry mouth with no saliva at all. I have been seeing a rheumatologist because I thought the dry mouth was from Sjogren, and so did they. But I just got a lip biopsy which said it is not due to Sjogren. The only thing I can think of is that this all happened about one...  Read Full »

Dr. Kuljyot Bajaj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. May I please ask you a bit more about your symptoms? 1. Has this been the first episode of dryness? 2. If you think it is related to Botox injection, then how many days following injection did you start feeling dry mouth? 3. What was th...  Read Full »

Is Sjogren's syndrome the only cause for having dry eyes and dry mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old male without a history of autoimmune disease in my family. But I have dry eyes and dry mouth for four months and I am unable to find the cause. I do not have dry eyes and mouth every day and it does not occur together. Recently, I also have joint pain while walking. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Reinhard Spyra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The provided information is not sufficient to establish a definite diagnosis. Kindly give some additional information regarding dry eyes and dry mouth. Please mention whether you experienced dry mouth daily for more than three months. Please mention whether you had any ...  Read Full »

I have dryness of eyes and mouth after taking antibiotics. Is it Sjogren's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor,After a course of antibiotics, I have developed severe dry eyes, dry mouth, and photosensitivity. No tears are coming from my eyes. I think I have developed Sjogren's syndrome. Is there any treatment for Sjogren's? I am wating for the test. The antibiotics are long gone, but all the thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. You have not mentioned which antibiotics you have taken. I do not think that you have Sjogren's. Firstly, one has to fulfill certain criteria for Sjogren's. Symptoms of dry eyes for more than three months. Symptoms of dry mouth for ...  Read Full »

I have a dry mouth after taking the tablet Amitriptyline. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have taken Doxepin 75 mg, but there is no improvement in my condition. But there is some relief if I take it with Amitriptyline 100 mg. Moreover, Doxepin is rarely available in my area. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have tolerated tablet Doxepin until 75 mg, I recommend increasing it to 150 mg at night as it is one of the most sedating anti-depressants. I also recommend getting your ECG (electrocardiogram) done if you will use tablet Amitriptyline along with it. I do not rem...  Read Full »

Are my dry mouth and difficulty in swallowing signs of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having issues with dry mouth and foods getting stuck on the base of the tongue and back of the mouth. A swallow study was done, and they found a "filling defect," but it was said to be air. I also have Crohn's disease. What are the differential diagnoses? Could this be cancer?...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would not say that air pockets are very common in barium swallow but rarely can be seen. I would like to know the following; 1) Has endoscopy been performed? 2) Do you have a problem swallowing solids or liquids? 3) Any weight loss? 4) Any blood in vo...  Read Full »

I sleep for 13 hours a day. Is it fine to take Modafinil to reduce my sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old male, all my life I have required about 13 hours sleep every night, regardless of the bedtime. If I get the 13 hours¬†sleep, I am not tired the next day, but if I only get 10 hours sleep, I will be very tired that day and also get a sleep debt. I went to bed at 8 PM las...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. I have gone through your complaint and I think Modafinil is a good option in your case. Modafinil is used to decrease excessive sleepiness and enhances memory and cognitive functions. Modafinil can have some side effects, which are headaches, ...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my eyes and a bad taste in my mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain in my eyes. The taste of my mouth irritates me a lot and I am not having an urge to eat anything. I think that my body is hot but I am not having a fever.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Rajja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common reason for having a bad taste in your mouth is due to poor oral hygiene. Improper brushing and flossing can cause gingivitis. It can cause a bad taste in your mouth. Dental problems such as infections, abscesses, and eruption of wisdom teeth can also cau...  Read Full »

Are dry eyes a sign of Sjogren's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been told by someone in the medical profession that I may have Sjogren's syndrome due to the symptoms that I have been having. I would like to know this could be possible. My symptoms are itching mostly everywhere on my body, very dry skin, dry mouth (a dental professional noti...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, as per your symptoms, it does look like Sjogren's syndrome. I want to ask you a few more details to be sure if it is the diagnosis we are dealing with. How long have you been experiencing the symptoms of dryness? Did the dental surgeon point to any cavities whi...  Read Full »

Are dry eyes and mouth confirmatory signs of Sjogren's Syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a question about bloodwork that I had done for something called an Early Sjogrens Panel. I had a rheumatological workup due to eye issues I was having. The eye issues turned out to be an eye misalignment that is currently being treated through vision therapy. However, I had repo...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupoor Acharya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your psychiatrist has rightly told you that mild dry mouth could be a feature of anxiety. Dry eyes also have numerous causes. Sjogren's syndrome is one of them. The other causes include vitamin deficiency, blepharitis, etc. Other conditions with sicca symptoms are sa...  Read Full »

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