Under normal conditions, mucositis, a painful, even crippling oral affliction, normally affects people with poor oral health, low body mass index, excessive drinkers/smokers or kidney related illnesses, such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS. But for people that are undergoing chemo or radiation therapy in the throat or mouth region, there’s a strong chance that mucositis will gain a foothold, an unfortunate side-effect of the therapy, as the oral cancer foundation notes.
For people undergoing therapy, the first signs of mucositis may manifest within 5-10 days, of treatment. But even for those not under any kind of therapy, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the symptoms of this painful affliction. Some key things to look out for are:
- Blood in the mouth
- Soreness/pain in the throat and mouth
- Difficulty talking and/or swallowing
- Shiny, red and/or swollen gums
- Soft white patches and/or pus in the mouth
- Sensations of dryness or even burning or pain, especially when eating
If you experience any of these symptoms, then it’s time to take some treatment measures. Obviously, the first thing you should do, especially if you’re not undergoing therapy and weren’t expecting mucositis to occur, is to seek professional medical advice.
The most important step after that is treating your mouth with care. If you’re a smoker or drinker, you should stop this immediately. You should also take extra care with your mouth, using a mouth rinse, ensuring that it stays moist and avoiding harsh cleansing agents, such as the whiteners that are included in some toothpastes. A good mouthwash, like Prevention Oncology Mouth Rinse, can soothe the pain of mucositis and help the healing process for sores that may occur. Your goal is to eliminate the harmful bacteria of mucositis that is infecting your mouth while leaving alone the beneficial bacteria that naturally occurs there and is essential for good oral health. Prevention Oncology Mouth Rinse does that.