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What causes dryness in the mouth, dry cough, loss of sense of taste and excessive thirst?

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Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2012

Answered : 3018 Questions

Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 in Elderly Problems
Question: Dry mouth. Cannot discern taste of foods Dry cough Always thirsty.
Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 35 hours later
Brief Answer:
Possible diagnosis: GERD.

Detailed Answer:


Dry mouth along with dry cough and taste issues is likely due to GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD is due to reflux of gastric contents up into the esophagus.

Management is mainly by lifestyle changes. Here are a few things you can try.

Avoid spicy, fatty, and fried foods as well as chocolates and carbonated drinks.

Avoid citrus-containing foods like tomatoes, oranges, and fruit juices.

Eat multiple small portions of food rather than three large meals.

Limit caffeine intake.

Have your dinner at least two hours before bedtime, so that your stomach is light before you go to bed.

Elevate the head end of the bed by placing wooden blocks under the bedpost. Using extra pillows will not provide relief.

Avoid cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption.

Maintain a healthy weight.

If these changes do not help, then Pantoprazole can be used to treat GERD.

I would also recommend getting your fasting blood sugar levels checked to rule out underlying diabetes.

Hope this answers your question.

Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj

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