Dry mouth advice

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  1. dmcd11

    dmcd11 Member

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    hello, I have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My main issue is tiredness but also having a very dry mouth. My tounge often gets sore and I seem to get mouth ulcers more easily. Is this common? if so, is there anything other people do to help alieviate the symptoms.
    I also find that my throat is dry too and sometimes I have to keep clearing my throat to speak.
    any advice much appreciated.
  2. pianoman

    pianoman Active Member

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    Hello and Welcome. Dry mouth could be due to high Blood Glucose and being dehydrated... we tend to pee a lot more when BGs are high. Frequent infections can also go along with high BGs... the bugs like sugar too. Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated.

    The good news is that now you're diagnosed you are on the way back to more normal BGs... but if in any doubt please don't hesitate to ask your Doctor or other Health Care Professionals for advice on these issues.

    Please stay around, read, share and ask questions. I expect Daisy will be along soon with general advice :D
  3. evilcat

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    Hi,

    I have a constant supply of sugar free mints - Smints or Extra are best, sugar free Polos don't seem to work for some reason... When I have a meeting at work, I have to have a pack of mints to hand or my voice goes all croaky.
  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Moderator

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    Hi dmcd and welcome to the forum :) I hope you will receive useful advice which will help you with your dry mouth problem on here. Any other problems, please don't hesitate to ask and someone will answer you. As Pianoman mentioned, here is some information which we give to new members to help them get started with their diabetes control.

  5. Gappy

    Gappy Active Member

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    My dry throat is only first thing in the morning (part of dawn phenomon thing? I'm type 2) how do I persuade my body it's not the morning so I don't get this? I do keep a bottle of water by my bedside but this is treatment not prevention! I often put vapour rub under my nostrils to keep them clear so I breathe through my nose-any other ideas?
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    How about an humidifier or those breathe right plasters you put across the nose (I see some F1 drivers using them these days). DP is an whole topic unto itself.
  7. Gappy

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    Thanks, I'll see how I get on!
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    A few drugs will give you this side effect a very dry mouth ie Amitriptyline

    I find the best cure for me is the have some chewing gum non sugar
    also drink small sips of water

    Bob
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    noblehead Forum Regular

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    It's true that high bg levels can cause a dry mouth/dehydration due to the kidneys working overtime, this article explains the possible causes of a dry mouth but it's always best to seek a professional opinion on what the cause is and suitable treatment:

    http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Dry-Mouth.htm

    Nigel
  10. Gappy

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    Those plasters haven't done the trick so a humidifier is on it's way from ebay, fingers crossed for that!
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    dmcd11, the good news is once your sugars come under control, the thirst etc should settle. Some people think once you're diabetic, you're thirsty, tired and running to the loo for ever - not true. Thirst/tiredness/frequent urination are really symptoms of undiagnosed or suboptimally controlleddiabetes, not of being diabetic.
  12. Sanober

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    Hi there

    I have had persistent dry throat for nearly 6 months and in the last 3/4 weeks non painful ulcers started to come and go on my tongue and gums. I had my throat looked at by 3 medical people and they couldn't see anything but said if it got worse or more problematic to come back and get a referral to a specialist.

    My glucose readings have been on the rise in the last 3 weeks and my DN did a whole of blood tests and referred me to a lovely GP. He was very good at listening to my frustrations of this year, he sent me off for a throat swabbed and urine check incase of 'low grade infection'

    Ta-daaaa!

    I have a fungal infection in my throat...

    He feels it's related to the Diabetes and fungal diseases do like sugar - personally in my case, it doesn't quite fit to be honest but then then they're all pondering what kind of Diabetic I am (my A1c re classed as good control). I was too much in shock to pursue further questions to be honest.

    He doesn't think this is the full picture though regarding my dry throat (I have dry skin, eyes and also extremely dry heels too), but he believes this is something we can treat and hopefully eliminate first, then if the symptoms remain will need to look at referring me to a specialist.

    I also asked to be tested for Vit B-12 (because of my mouth ulcers brain fog/fatigue)
    I'm at 210 the range is 200-900 the GP said I was at 'lower end of normal range' but my blood cells are 'normal size' so no further testing required. I will be buying bumper Vit B supplements today.

    So, push for a swab of your throat and a vit B-12 especially if you're on Metformin as this can deplete vit B levels (I'm not on Metformin).

    Good luck
  13. smd

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    Hello message for the people with mouth ulcers and also request for advice from anyone listening.

    I just wanted to join the discussion on dry mouth as I had thought it was just me but I am always having to clear my throat, especially when I am speaking at meetings and I thought it was just nerves. However I also wake up in the night having to clear my throat.
    Further for years I wake at around 4:00am (I know it is when your body is at its lowest ebb) but no amount of altering insulin makes a difference and I bg isn't particularly low or high at the time. does this happen to anyone else.
    Just some advice re the mouth ulcers. i don't want to scare you but it was the symtpom I had before I was diagnosed with coeliacs disease, along with anaemia, which may account for the tiredness. I didn't have any of the other classic symptoms associated with coeliacs disease and still don't react that way if I have gluten, but I do get mouth ulcers back if I go off the diet.
    I hope it isn't that as it is a real pain with diabetes but it is worth asking to be checked. there is a gold standard blood test that can diagnose.

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