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.
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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
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cigarette Smoke Damage
- Drug Side-Effects
- Stroke Risk
- Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions
- 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:
recent light tobacco smoking
slow reaction time
having elevated melatonin levels
daily morning stiffness
waking up with dry eyes
very dry eyes
having excess body fat
... and more than 60 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
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
|Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
* 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. Those taking two different medications are up to 40% more likely to suffer from dry mouth.
Alzheimer's patients may have a diminished thirst signal so they don't feel thirsty and drink water when they are dehydrated. In addition, dry mouth is very common among seniors and those with Alzheimer's may not tell anyone that they are thirsty due to reduced mental functioning.
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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