Some illnesses, from the common cold to severe immuno-compromising diseases, include among their side effects mouth pain and sores, difficulty swallowing, dulled taste sensation, loss of appetite and others.
"The first strategy is to see a physician or dentist to determine the underlying cause of the problem," says Mike Stablein, D.D.S., a periodontist who practices in Chicago. "In the meantime, there are things we can do to minimize these problems, or at least get the nutrients we need by following some basic guidelines."
Dr. Stablein recommends that patients try the following tips when they experience a side effect from illness that affects the oral cavity.
Mouth Sores or Pain
Dulled Sense of Taste
"Again, I would stress that patients consult a professional to determine what's causing these oral side effects," cautions Dr. Stablein. "Hopefully, the illness will pass quickly and the patient can get back to a normal diet and eating lifestyle."
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