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Blood on pillow after wakingup. Had radiation for cancer, lacks saliva. Used moist-IR, hydrasense. Throat dryness. What should be done?

My husband has woken up every morning for the past few months with what looks like blood on his pillow. He had raiation on the neck for cancer ( tonsil ) and lacks saliva . He uses Moist-Ir every night and Hydra Sense for his nose. Nothing helps. We saw the ENT specialist and he can t seem to help either; no lesions in the throat just dryness in the throat. What do we do now?
Asked On : Sun, 1 Jul 2012
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The side effect of radiation of head and neck region is dryness because of decreased production of saliva. The blood like thing can be thickened secretions which drool out during sleep. Or it can be old clotted blodd which come from nose because of crusting in nasal cavity because of radiation. If the oral cavity examination and neck are normal, just take plenty of fluids and artificial saliva you are already using. You can use some liquid paraffin drops in nose if you feel there are crusts in nose. Take care
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