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I am menopausing and my mouth is so dry, and my lips are peeling too. Is there anything I can take. I am not on HRT, only supplements.
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replied March 17th, 2012
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Almost all women in menopausal age group suffer with symptoms of night sweats and dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs due to the lack of moisture and saliva in a person’s mouth, and can happen occasionally to anyone; however, chronic, and severe dry mouth is not normal. Night sweats are the bouts of heat and excessive sweating occurring during night. Although sweating is a perfectly healthy bodily function necessary to keep cool, night sweats can disrupt sleep and leave the sufferers shivering in soaked sleepwear and bed linen. During menopause, your body’s endocrine system undergoes a dramatic shift with an overall decrease in the levels of estrogen and progesterone. This results in one of the side effects that is night sweats. When your body experiences a decline in estrogen, your hypothalamus sends out an inaccurate signal for need of heat, which is then produced. In this process the sensation of night sweats gets created. The changing hormone levels during menopause also affect your salivary glands, often leaving a persistent feeling of dry mouth. This can also be accompanied by a bitter taste in the mouth as well as problems with bad breath (which occurs due to the drying of the mucus membranes), feeling of dryness in the nasal passages as well as the vagina. Since night sweats and dry mouth both are linked to a drop in estrogen levels in the body, the first practical step would be to restore hormone levels to normal which can be achieved by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine as the body needs to be healthy in order to have the best chance of maintaining stable hormonal levels. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to see if hormonal replacement will help in controlling eth symptoms. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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