Dry mouth is a medical condition where the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. In most cases, dry mouth condition is caused due to the ill-effects of certain medication, such as antihistamines, aging, or when a patient undergoes radiation therapy used for treating cancer.
Due to all these reasons, you need to keep your mouth moist. The condition may seem harmless when you first hear about it. But, when its severity increases, it can affect your overall health and have significant ill-effects on your teeth and gums.
If you are allergic to any external elements, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, etc., your body produces a substance called histamines. They are responsible for allergic reactions, such as sneezing, redness, running nose, itching, nasal swelling, rashes, etc. A common way to treat such allergic reactions is using medication that contains antihistamines. They are used to counter allergies and are commonly prescribed by doctors.
However, antihistamines are known to have quite a few ill-effects, among which dry mouth condition is one. When your doctor suggests antihistamines for your allergy, it is best to get their opinion on how it may affect the production of saliva in your mouth. As a temporary relief, you may consider saliva substitutes or consuming sugarless candies to produce more saliva. If the condition persists or worsens, see a dentist at the earliest to get it diagnosed.
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