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Old 02-04-2018, 01:05 AM   #1
Mereda
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Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

Has anyone had any experience with ice therapy for any IV chemo eg sucking on an ice cube during the transfusion in order to prevent a sore mouth from developing?
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

Mereda,

So sorry your having issues with a sore mouth. I do recall reading that sucking on ice during the infusion did help. You might want to give it a try to see if it works. I personally didn't do this during my infusions so I cant speak from my own experience. I had a lot of side effects from chemo but a sore mouth wasn't one of them.

Good luck to you!

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Old 02-04-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

Mereda

You can make a gargle of equal parts of Maalox and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Although Benadryl is known primarily as an anti-histamine, it (and other antihistamines) have local anesthetic action

Paul
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:33 AM   #4
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

I was given a mouthwash of bicarbonate to use 6 times a day during chemo but it was to avoid Mushrooms" in the mouth.
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:24 PM   #5
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

I used biotene products at the recommendation of my dentist for dry mouth. I'm not sure I ever had a sore mouth.

I had a prescription for "magic mouthwash" which is similar to what Paul described but has an added ingredient which totally escapes me right now. Also had a prescription for flagyl lozenges to prevent "mushrooms".

The biotene products helped the most
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:19 PM   #6
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

I think magic mouthwash contains
Nystatin and maybe Tetracycline. It is a prescription drug
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:54 PM   #7
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Re: Sore mouth from chemo - ice therapy?

I just used salt water - gargle often.
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