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Thick saliva/spit due to radiation therapy

  1. Use a humidifier in your home at all times. A cool mist humidifier works best and can be found at Wal-Mart for less that $25.
  2. Use Robitussin or Equate brand tussin every four hours to help thin the mucus. It can be put down feeding tubes as well.
  3. Drink plenty of water, juice and Gatorade. Be careful if you are taking Ensure or other liquid nutrition; get that in first, followed by 60-100 ml of water with each can. (Liquids fill the stomach and cause the brain to think it is full).
  4. Try to eat and drink separately if you are trying to gain weight. After radiation, this will be very hard to do because of the dry mouth. Consider eating small frequent meals with liquids to help add in swallowing.

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