Dry mouth and dry nose are common complaints among the older population. Dry mouth can be attributed to medical conditions and other underlying causes, whereas dry nose is usually associated with age-related changes in nasal physiology and structure. In both cases, medications can contribute to dryness, so a proper evaluation includes a careful drug review. Management of dry mouth includes hydration and use of mouthwash, sugarless gum, candy, and saliva substitutes. Dry nose can be managed with nasal sprays that moisten the nasal cavity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Oct 1 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology