Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:06 PM
Mucus is a problem that is not at all uncommon among folks with PD. Here are a couple of suggestions; one or the other has worked for most people:
1) Alkalol: Medications, breathing through the mouth, sleeping with the mouth open,
using medications that cause dry mouth, and other conditions can sometimes
lead to a buildup of sticky mucous that's difficult to swallow. If so, ask
your dentist whether it might be helpful to try swishing the mouth, or
gargling, with a mouthwash called Alkalol.
Alkalol is a mucous solvent; ingredients include thymol, eucalyptol,
menthol, camphor, benzoin, potassium alum, potassium chlorate, sodium,
bicarbonate, sodium chloride, and oils of sweet birch, spearmint, pine,
and cinnamon, plus 2/100 of 1% alcohol. It is commonly used as a
mouthwash, nasal spray, and gargle, to cut mucous. People with sleep
apnea, singers with throat irritation, and others use Alkalol, but it's
fine as a daily mouthwash also. Alkalol is available at most U.S.
drugstores; if your dentist agrees it might be useful, ask the pharmacist
to point it out. If they don't carry it, the pharmacist can order it:
The Alkalol Company
Taunton, Massachusetts 02780-0952
or, online (I have no personal experience with the following
company, and do not endorse it, nor receive payment from it):
Best regards, Kathrynne
A Listfriend comments:
Sips of pineapple juice (not pineapple drink or juice with sugar, just
plain juice or papaya (the fruit) will help relieve the throat of mucous
and excess saliva.
Another Listfriend's comment:
I have used Alkolol for about six weeks now and find it very helpful. I
bought a salt water nasal spray bottle and emptied it and filled it with
straight Alkolol for sinuses. I only use it a couple times a week as
needed. For gargling I find it takes a tiny swig out of the bottle. Just
a little bit cuts through all the dry mouth and throat build up. Its
great and inexpensive.
2) The combination of fenugreek and thyme has helped a number of people who have problems with drooling or excess mucus. It can be obtained in capsule form at many health food stores.
Kathrynne Holden, MS
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:34 AM
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