What Causes Dry Mouth Or Excess Saliva?
Dry mouth or excess saliva can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose dry mouth or excess saliva, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dry mouth or excess saliva" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- High Histamine
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chemotherapy Side-Effects
- Drug Side-Effects
- Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slender fingers and toes
loss of appetite
an average-stress lifestyle
swollen cervical nodes
significant neck pain
significant mouth sores
being at risk of HIV/AIDS
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
muscle pains in family members
... and more than 120 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dry mouth or excess saliva:
|Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about saliva quantity:
In general, how plentiful is the saliva in your mouth?
→ My mouth is often very dry
→ My mouth is sometimes a bit dry
→ Normal / don't know
→ I always have plenty of saliva
→ Excess saliva, with a tendency to drool
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very dry mouth, dry mouth, abundant saliva in mouth or excess saliva in mouth, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
Hundreds of drugs list dry mouth as a possible side-effect. Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants are among the drugs that can cause dry mouth.
In cases of Sjogren's syndrome, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks tear ducts and saliva glands, leading to chronically dry eyes and dry mouth (xerostomia).
... and also rule out issues such as: