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
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Diabetes II
- Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions
- Stroke Risk
- Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Parkinson's Disease
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:
reduced sense of smell
2hr postprandial glucose 160-200mg%
dark urine color
highly elevated lymphocyte count
high caffeinated soda consumption
Latin / Hispanic ethnicity
type 2 diabetes IDD
sleeping more than necessary
sleeping less than necessary
minor pain in cold/cool/damp weather
... and more than 130 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:
|Iron Deficiency Anemia
|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:
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