Dry mouth occurs when your mouth produces inadequate amount of saliva. This in turn makes your mouth uncomfortable and dry. This condition is also known as xerostomia.
Dry mouth could be a side effect of medications prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease, asthma, urinary incontinence, hypertension, epilepsy, acne, obesity, colds, allergies, pain, anxiety and depression.
Dry mouth on its own is not fatal but it can be an underlying symptom of a much severe disorder such as Alzheimer's disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and Siogren's syndrome.
Dry mouth causes can also include chronic damage to the salivary glands which can be a result of chemotherapy radiations. Other factors which cause dry mouth are dehydration, excessive smoking, chewing tobacco and surgically removing the salivary glands.
The symptoms of dry mouth include a dry feeling in the mouth, frequent urge to drink water, cracked lips, split skin in the corners of the mouth, sores on the mouth, dry sensation of the throat, tingling sensation in the tongue, bad breath and a dry tongue.
It is advisable to consult an ENT specialist or a general physician for dry mouth treatment.
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