burning feeling in whole mouth
loss of taste
feeling tongue is swollen
weird metallic taste in mouth
I drink alot of water but have learnt that while that is important it is not a cure. In SS, decreased exocrine gland function leads to the "sicca complex", a combination of dry eyes and dry mouth. An exocrine gland is not simply water. It is made up of complicated combinations of material for a particular task. For example tears are to lubricate, prevent bacteria and remove dirt and dust. So it is not just a matter
of replacing water in the diet.
So here are some things that I am trying to help control my extreme symptoms of dry mouth at present:
- I have noticed that sugar does aggravate these symptoms so I have eliminated it from my diet.
- I have been using lip balm daily.
- A gel-based saliva substitute at night or if I have a rest
- Mouthwash designed for dry mouth - I find this is the best relief (Make sure you never use ordinary mouthwash as this is extremely drying)
Here is some great information about treating dry mouth - What Can I Do About Dry Mouth?