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unexplained dry mouth

  • Posted By: kataklysmic
  • March 3, 2007
  • 07:49 AM

about a week ago, i began to get a very dry mouth and i can't figure out what's causing it. the fact that it's lasted a week bothers me, because it's obviously not some short term thing, yet i have no other major symptoms. my lymph nodes seem swollen, but i have no fever and i feel fine (maybe a little bit more tired then usual, but nothing serious). the dry mouth started last weekend. it was getting late and i made some coffee to stay awake. usually one cup is barely enough for me to notice, but after one cup of coffee i seriously felt like i'd had ten: my heart was racing, i was nauseous, and that was when i noticed my mouth was dry. i know that caffeine can caue dehydration, so i drank a lot of water in the days that followed. i also realized that i ate a meal containing msg the night all this started, so i suppose it could've been an alergic reaction. but now it's been a week and the dry mough still has't gone away, which makes me think it's not just something i ate or drank. help!

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  • You may have a condition called xerostomia (zeer-o-STO-me-uh) — the medical term for dry mouth. Don't ignore lack of saliva. Although the treatment depends on the cause, dry mouth is often a side effect of medication, and may improve with an adjusted dosage or new prescription.Are you on any medication at this point? What is the humidity at in your home?-D
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  • Oh, and also, stop any intake of caffeine, and try chewing gum to stimulate saliva production.
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  • no, i'm not on any medication. and although the climate where i live is very dry, it's never given me a dry mouth before.
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