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Help For Mouth Sores
rachael67 posted:
It is common for those going through certain chemo meds
(particularly A/C, Taxol and the like) to be plagued by very painful and bothersome mouth sores. Here are some of the methods others have found in dealing with the problem:

During your treatments, liberal intake of ice chips and water helps keep the chemo from accumulating in the mouth. Also, very cold water on you hands and feet are equally effective. Carry a bottle of cold water with you and hold it. (Some chemo centers provide "cold mitts" for hands and cold packs for feet to aid with this problem. Ask about it.)

Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash
Magic Mouthwash
Gargling with warm salt water
Avoid spicy foods and citric acid
Carafate (mixture of Diphen, Maalox and Nystatin; cheery flavor Maalox most palatable)
Sucking on popsicles (during trxs and otherwise)
Rinse with baking soda and water
Tom's mouthwash
Avoid alcohol (found in some mouthwashes)
Use plastic utensils rather than metal
Bemylid (mixture of Benadryl, Lidocaine and Mylanta)
Prevention mouthwash (specifically marketed for oncology patients; found at Walgreens)
Zel ?something (seems to cover and numb though it is uncomfortable initially)
L-Glutamine (an enzyme which is depleted by chemo; said to also be effective with chemo brain)
Lavoris mouthwash

Check with your dentist as well as your cancer doctors.

Use the mouthwashes (both those you swallow and/or "swish and spit") near the time you plan on eating. Though they might work only briefly, you want them most effective so that you can eat!

Some of these remedies that you are instructed to swallow may cause nausea. In that case, consider if simply "swishing" will be the better course.

As chemo can deplete necessary vitamins and nutrients, consult with the dietician at your hospital for suggested diets to supplement these.
If eating is a problem, try supplements such as Ensure and Boost as well as soups and broths.

Speak with a dietician connected with your hospital for recommendations of food that are most often depleted by the chemo. Protein particularly.

Seek out recipe books aimed at cancer patients.

As with everything, make sure you check with your medical team!!
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bcdevil responded:
Thank you so much Rachel. I'm a tech idiot, so my daughter helped me send my friend the link!! You are so smart and helpful!! I thank God for you every night <3
Hugs and lucky shamrocks
jenna291 responded:
Boy does this bring back memories!!! I used that biotene toothpaste and mouthwash for months. It was he only thing I could use. I also was on the decatron and prednisone so the mouth sores weren't too horrible. These are the things we can't explain to people who haven't walked in our shoes!
What a great post, Rachael. I am sure so many people will find it helpful.

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