Dry Mouth & Liver Problems

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Dry mouth is an uncomfortable feeling that can be a signal from your body about a more serious condition. One of the serious underlying conditions causing dry mouth may be a problem in your liver. If caught early, you may be able to prevent the progression into full liver disease.

Dry mouth.
Dry mouth. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth often gives you with a feeling of not having much, if any, saliva in your mouth. It is a common sensation associated with both physical ailments and emotional situations.

Often a dry mouth can affect your ability to taste certain foods and liquids. It may lead to difficulty in swallowing and talking. If not treated it may eventually lead to tooth decay or an infection in your mouth. Both can lead to a costly treatment and serious discomfort.

Covering mouth.
Covering mouth. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Causes

Certain medications can cause a disruption of your salivary glands and you won't produce enough saliva. These medications may be those used to treat high blood pressure or depression.

Radiation and chemotherapy can take a hard toll on the body, including dryness in the mouth as well.

Additionally, there might be damage to the nerves that send out signals for your salivary glands to produce saliva.

Finally, smoking and drinking excessively or regularly may lead to a dry mouth, too.

Medication.
Medication. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Liver Problem Symptoms

Beyond a dry mouth, abdominal pain--particularly on the right side of your body--can be a liver problem symptom. Another is constant fatigue regardless of how much rest you receive. Additionally, nausea and a fever can be another symptom of a liver problem. If you begin to experience confusion or hallucinations this can be a more serious cause of liver problems. Furthermore, once jaundice starts to change color of your skin and eyes, you may be in the final stages of liver disease.

Fatigue.
Fatigue. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Dry Mouth and Liver Problems

Dry mouth often can be the result of problems with the liver. The liver’s function is to process food and liquids by detoxifying the body. Liver problems can wreak a lot of damage to the body and suck all of the nutrition from your body ending up in malnutrition. Furthermore, a struggling liver may eventually lead to dehydration and then a dry mouth. The salivary glands need to be hydrated with water to produce the right amount of saliva for your body.

Drink water.
Drink water. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Recommendations

First, consult a doctor to see if the problem lies in the medication you are taking and if so, then ask if it can be changed to a less dehydrating medication. Additionally, your doctor may be able to catch a liver problem before it becomes a liver disease.

Also drink more water and less caffeine. Caffeine can be particularly drying to the mouth. Chewing gum or hard candy also can trigger the salivary glands to produce more saliva. Decreasing the salt in your diet also can help to prevent dehydration.

Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. Alcohol can cause serious damage to the liver so this can greatly benefit your liver and reverse dry mouth conditions.

Consult your doctor.
Consult your doctor. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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