What is mucositis?

Mucositis is defined as soreness and inflammation of the mouth or gut. It is a usual side effect of radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

What are the possible signs?

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sore mouth
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Difficulty swallowing, talking or eating
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the bottom or pain during bowel movement

These signs usually start around 1-2 weeks after cancer treatment is started.

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It is important to note that mucositis is expected to heal within a few weeks after the cancer treatment is finished.

Management of mucositis

It is important to note that mucositis is expected to heal within a few weeks after the cancer treatment is finished.

  • Pain medications
  • Mouthwash that cleans, numbs and protects the mouth
  • Gels or sprays that maintain moistness of the mouth or saliva substitutes
  • Medications to control diarrhea or lessen the soreness within the bottom or rectum

Self-care measures

Remember that keeping the mouth clean and making the necessary dietary changes can greatly help if one has mucositis.

  • Brush the teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush at a minimum of 2 times a day
  • Floss at a minimum of once a day
  • Rinse the mouth using warm water several times throughout the day
  • Increase the intake of water
  • Provide crushed ice for the individual to suck on
  • Eat moist, soft foods
  • Chew on sugar-free gum to keep the mouth moist

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