Sialorrhea (drooling)

I realized there are various symptoms associated with Parkinson’s that I have listed in the index… but not posted any information on them, so I guess I will begin to complete the task.

Sialorrhea, or drooling, is the medical term for an excess spillage of saliva from the mouth. Chronic sialorrhea is when you’ve experienced this drooling for at least 3 months.

Sialorrhea can affect up to 3 out of 4 patients with Parkinson’s disease.
In many patients with sialorrhea, it’s not that their salivary glands are making too much saliva — it’s that their neurodegenerstive disease, such as PD, makes it hard to swallow. The saliva builds up or “pools” in the mouth, which leads to drooling.

For me, I think it isn’ really all that hard to swallow. But when I am focusing on a task, I don’t feel the saliva building up or falling from my mouth, until it hits my hands. It is that I don’t think to swallow.

I have learned to keep a cloth in the corner of my mouth, when I retire for the night and the Amandatine is no longer in effect, to wick out the saliva.

I saw an ad today for Myobloc… an injection therapy for resolving the problem, but the possible side effects sound so horrific, I’d have to pass on giving it a try.

Author: suerosier

In May of 2018, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. After researching, I believe the symptoms began to manifest themselves years prior to last year. The purpose for my blog is to share what I have learned (with an index) to save others time as they seek for answers about, symptoms, therapies [and alternative things to try], tools I use, Parkinsonisms, recipes, strategies, clinical studies, words of encouragement or just enjoy the photos or humor.

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