Thursday, April 15, 2010

Remedies for Sore Mouth & Gums

While on many of the treatments for cancer, you no doubt will encounter sore mouth and gums along the way. If so, then here are a few remedies that have been given to me by a hospital pharmacist and which have had excellent healing and relief results by many patients.

As the pharmacist stresses though PREVENTION is the key so don't go doing anything that would bring on mouth sores such as  using a toothbrush that is "medium" or "hard" always need to use the "soft" type as this will lessen the possibility of your gums bleeding.

Also, stay away from foods that would cause you to get a sore mouth such as "hot drinks" like coffee and tea...keep these liquids at a tepid temperature.  Don't eat alot of spicy foods and stay away from foods for which you first have to sign a waiver such as the infamous "suicide chicken wings"......that should go without saying of course.

Sometimes, plain common sense will make all the difference in distancing you from developing a very sore mouth versus a milder one.

So here's my remedies:

  • THE BEST ONE IS:   use a salt water mouthwash......mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 oz of warm water and rinse and swoosh your mouth a few minutes.  Do this at least 3 times a day.
  • While you can use an off-the-shelf mouthwash....DO NOT USE ANYTHING WITH ALCOHOL contained in it such as Listerine.  This will only add to your distress.  There is a mouthwash in Oral B that does NOT contain alcohol so you might want to give it a try.  That being said, if you do drink alcohol, well now is the time to give it a rest as it will only add to your sore mouth problems.
  • Your pharmacist can make you the infamous
               MAGIC MOUTHWASH

.....please click the link to read more as this is specific for cancer patients who encounter sore mouth symptoms while on various treatments.  Don't be afraid to give them a call and ask for this remedy and if they are not aware of it, then contact your local hospital pharmacy and they will definitely know all about it.
Actually one important note is ALWAYS contact your hospital pharmacist or even better, your cancer center pharmacist if there is one in your area, whenever you encounter any side effects from your type of treatment.  He/she knows the best way to deal with these ailments and they would have the experience and the contacts needed to provide you with the BEST possible solution that will bring relief.

Don't try to fight side effects alone without asking for's just a phone call away!!!

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