• my dad just finshed his last round of chemo and radiation he has gotten the thrush in his mouth now and we can get him to eat or drink

    Asked by nikk on Monday, February 4, 2013

    my dad just finshed his last round of chemo and radiation he has gotten the thrush in his mouth now and we can get him to eat or drink

    any suggestions will be greatly appriciated im out of options

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Be sure and tell your oncologists about the sores in his mouth, and any other problem he may be having. They can give you a prescription for "Magic Mouthwash" it's a solution that will help to heal up those sores. In the meantime you can put some Peroxide and salt in some warm water and rinse with it, that also helps to heal.

      about 5 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      I do not have cancer, but am the caretaker of my husband with cancer. I have personally had thrush and what I found that worked for me was a rinising with warm salt water several times a day, which cleared it right up. I still remember the doula assisting me instructing me that the water must taste like the sea. Hope this helps and I wish you the best.

      about 5 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar

      Fortunately "thrush" is one of the easier side effects of radiation and chemo to treat. Generally treated with antibiotics one course or more. Nutrition is important so if he can't eat because of the pain or what ever, he must try to at least drink a supplement type drink (Ensure or the like) if he can't handle that then a tube is the only option left. it should only take a few days of tx to abate the thrush

      about 5 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      Well you have gotten all good advice so far. My husband suffered from thrush during and after treatment. For months after treatment. The taste in his mouth was horrible. The magic mouthwash helps with pain and the antibotics work for some people. He took several different types of antibiotics but nothing worked. Warm salt water and baking soda soothed a little. I was at my wit's end. Finally a friend suggested yogurt, yes yogurt. And he really never liked yogurt, BUT he was desperate to get rid of the thrush AND within 4 days the thrush was cleared, and he was eating again. Not a lot, but soft foods, eggs, baby oatmeal (no lumps), applesauce. Nothing acidic. Watch for dehydration! Make sure he is getting liquids. Good luck and I hope he begins to feel better soon.

      about 5 years ago

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