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Sore mouth - any advice please?

Robbo68
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Hi all

My dad has had his first dose of docetoxal  last week but he started with a sore mouth a couple of days ago.  Presumably this is part of the chemo side effects.  Has anyone else suffered with this please and is there anything we can buy to treat it or anything from gp please?  

Thanks

Robbo68

Andy_C
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Sore mouth is common. I was given chlorhexedine (cordosyl) mouthwash as part of my take home meds.  It’s important not to get mouth ulcers which can become infected.  Helped a lot.

Robbo68
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Thanks Andy

Dad was given Difflam but it's making it more sore.  May give doc a call tomorrow.

Thanks

Robbo68

Mala1098
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Hi Robbo68, just get him to brush his teeth daily, gently, and use a mouthwash,  one without alcohol though.  How is he doing??? I remember you from the other night, I bet your looking after him well.  Get him to talk about how he feels.  Keep his brain active, so you can tell if things change.  Ok.

Malcolm.

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Robbo68
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Hi Malcolm

Thank you for the advice - I am indeed doing as much as I can both for his physical and mental health!

We called the clinic for advice and they told him to go back to gp.  He did today but his mouth is slightly better.  Not sure if it's the Nystan he's taking or the fact that he's getting further past his treatment start and gearing up for the, next.  Only time will tell i suppose!

Thanks for checking up on him :-)! 

Jackie

Robbo68

Babs1313
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Hi Robbo,

Dentist recommended Corsodyl. You can also try Biotene moisturising mouthwash in between. Tastes nice and makes mouth moist.

Babs

Every day is a new day
Robbo68
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Hi Babs

Thank you.  We bought some corsodyl last week so see how we go.  GP has also given him some false saliva drops/spray but he doesn't seem keen to use it!!!  see how he goes and we'll have a look at some of the mouth wash you recommend.

Thanks again

Robbo68

Babs1313
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Hi Robbo,

If he prefers sweets there's some called Salivix he could try.  They're like jellies.

Babs 

Every day is a new day
Robbo68
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Ooooh thank you will have a look for some!  Maybe better for when out and about!

Jackie

Robbo68

Robbo68
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Ooooh thank you will have a look for some!  Maybe better for when out and about!

Jackie

Robbo68

clg03
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Hi, all

Quite late to respond but hadn't seen this before.

Finished 6 chemos a month ago.

Managed to keep sores at bay throughout (well, I did get a few but they healed pretty quickly and never stopped me eating) by brushing my teeth carefully with soft toothbrush after every meal and then rinsing it with seasalt water (I pour boiling water on seasalt water in a mug, then let it cool down and leave it by the toothbrush in the bathroom until finished).

In fact, seasalt water on cotton pads helped with little skin sores and infections as well and (sorry if this is TMI) sore bottom after constipation caused by the chemo... Everything healed beautifully. So to speak.

Good luck all,

clg03

CLG03...
YoungMan
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I’m about to have cycle 3 of 6. Week 1 after I find worst, I’ve made jelly which is nice and cooling, soft tooth brush and a non-alcohol mouth wash,  Also docetoxel,

I started to lose my hair and was waking with itchy face from hair on pillow so shaved it off using electric body shaver rather than risk razor.

I don’t have taste so was prone to add too much salt, so resigned to bland taste. I assume if for prostrate he’s also on hormone therapy which also affects mood etc which won’t help if he’s also got sore mouth.

YoungMan
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The other thing that helped was keeping a bottle of water in the fridge, the water softens and the cool is nice

For jelly I made jelly using strawberries which helped up vitamin C intake

best Regards

Squire78
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Hi.

I only just started chemo and was advised by oncology nurse and another patient who was on his 9th cycle of chemo to use "Corsodyl Daily" mouthwash.  When I looked in Sainsburys, the Corsodyl Daily product was on the shelf above the other Corsodyl products (which I think may be more intensive). 

I hope you find something that helps you.

Best wishes

Squire