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What could cause dry mouth symptoms?

I have dry, yucky mouth, and dry lips. I went to the doctor and they diagnosed it as thrush. I was given nystatin, and I took it for two weeks. It did seem to help, although it didn't solve the problem. I was back in the doc's office on Thursday, and she seemed to think all my thrush symptoms were gone. I had some blood drawn as part of a routine physical, and was going to check for other possible causes, like a B 12 deficiency. In the meantime, she told me that I didn't need to take the nystatin anymore. And now, a few day later, my serious dry mouth is back. I haven't gotten the blood test results back yet, but I thought I would get your feedback. Why might I have dry mouth symptoms that have gone on for weeks, despite a nystatin regime?
Fri, 27 Jun 2014
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello!Thank you for posting here.

This can be recurring candidal infection.You did not mention if you are diabetic. Control your blood sugar levels and maintain strict diet.
Also consider if this appears in any other areas of your body.
You did not mention if you are taking any medication like steroids.These reduce your immunity and can cause recurrence.
Have plenty water (3 liters of water per day).Apply nystatin prescribed by your doctor and maintain good oral hygiene.Do not over use mouth wash.Take vitamin supplements suggested by your dentist.
Avoid smoking and spicy foods.
Frequent recurrence must be considered for a antibiotic sensitivity test.
Check your Hemoglobin levels and maintain normal levels.

Hope this helps.
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Thanks for posting the query,

I would suggest you to continue with the nystatin dose.
At home take lukewarm saline rinses.
After two three days again get the checkup done.

Take care!
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