Mouth sores often form on the lips, gums, inside the cheeks, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth. These painful sores can affect your eating, drinking, speech and ability to swallow. The proper treatment of mouth sores is extremely important because patients receiving chemo are susceptible to infection. Since chemotherapy attacks both healthy and cancerous cells in the body, the mouth, with it's delicate bacterial balance, is often affected. These cankers can bleed and ulcerate, causing considerable pain.
I'm really getting concerned about the cumulative effects of chemo. I've experienced a few mouth sores before but not like this! The following suggestions have been given:
- A combination of mouth rinses and good hygiene is most effective.
- Eat bland foods. Try yogurt, good old macaroni and cheese, and foods with sauces and bland gravies.
- Brush your teeth after every meal and at bedtime, but do it carefully.
- Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
- Rinse with a baking soda rinse.
- Rinse with salt-water.
- If it hurts to drink, try using a straw. Choose softer foods rather than that hoagie sub you’re just dying to munch on. Cut your food into small bites to make chewing easier.
- Suck on ice cubes during chemotherapy treatment.
- Try applying honey to the sores.
- Discuss vitamin supplements such as L-lysine with your doctor.
I am willing to try pretty much anything as this is awful!