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    NeckCancer asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    I have noticed since it has turned cold that when I'm outside and breathe in through my mouth my throat gags me.

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      I've been outside a lot- from summer in 100 degree weather-hunting, cleaning corrals, etc. to 50 below-sawing downed trees, splitting fire wood, packing food in, etc. With mouth breathing the cold air hits fluids in the throat and thickens them into gobs, and the cold air dries your throat. The drying is why we use extra creams in the winter.

      My daughter is a Speech Pathologist-so according to her-the throat is the only part of the human body that can't lubricate itself. All throats are naturally dry. Throats get moisture from sinus drainage and water and other liquids we drink. This why they say-- Drink water with pills, so you don't damage your throat.

      With the cold-I'm not sure how cold it is, how long you are out, and what type of activity you are doing- If your doctors haven't told you to do so, it should really GREATLY HELP to rinse your nose out with a saline solution. I use a NeilMed squeeze bottle.-daily-if sick or lots of pollen, more often. I know there are other companies and methods-Neti Pot- I don't find that effective, so I use the squirt/squeeze bottle. get whatever you want and use it daily.

      This will do several things for you. #1-- It will make it easier to breathe through your nose by thinning mucous out, and cleaning the mucous out. #2---This will also go into your sinuses, which should reduce sinus infection, reduce sinus head aches, and thin the mucus and create a thinner and more watery sinus drip into your throat. That will reduce a clogged throat in several months or years (depending how thick your mucus is), which helps you to wake up in the morning without a frog in the throat. This also reduces throat infections, and makes swallowing easier.

      To be healthy---sterilize your bottle-pot waht ever by putting it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes before filling with water and using-let it cool off- If you make your own water-which I prefer-bring water to a boil and boil for 7 minutes. I have a teapot, but you can keep sterile boiled water in a sterile jar, bottle- what ever-that means boiling your container every time it gets empty and keeping a good sterile lid on. I buy Neil Med salt packets, as they have the correct medical dose. I used to use table salt, but since cancer treatment that hurts and burns. Neilmed is buffered (?) and doesn't burn. After I clean my nose, I use hot water and antibacterial dish soap to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of my bottle. I put it up, when I'm ready to use it again-I put it in the microwave for 3 minutes-let it cool- add water and neilMed packet-heat for 10 seconds, because room temp water hurts. Use it, clean it- and repeat.

      Also it might help to use some lemon drops to help moisten the throat. Oh, if you already do this- do it more often to counteract the cold. Another thing-- your throat muscles ar weak from your cancer treatment and the neilMed or whatever you choose will help your throat to work normally by swallowing sinus fluids before they build up. Another hint is to make yourself swallow every so often to keep from having a buildup. Good luck--I hope this helps a little bit.

      12 days ago
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    NeckCancer asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Keytruda for head and neck cancer.

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      I didn't get treated by Keytruda, but I was treated with its sister drug, Opdivo (nivolumab). I have lung cancer. I was predicted to live 4 months, but today is my 7th year anniversary since the knot that was the metastasis was discovered. Opdivo quite literally saved my life.

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      You may find the side effects are far less. Although it may not work for everyone, if your doctor thinks you’re a candidate for this treatment, it may be worth pursuing. I’ve seen others who were on this and the results were amazing.

      16 days ago
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      I don't think that you don't have anything to lose by trying Keytruda. I'd go for it---

      In the 1990s, NM lost a wonderful Congressman that died from SCC on the tip of his ear. They did chemo as a precaution, because it was hardly stage one. He got the best care in the nation, and Israeli and German oncologists stepped in to help him. He passed almost 3 years later, as it spread everywhere in his body. So try this--please.

      16 days ago
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