Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and non-prescription drugs and certain medical conditions. Symptoms of dry mouth include a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth, cracked lips, a dry feeling in the throat, a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth, and a dry, red, raw tongue. Read more: Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) Article
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Dehydration: Causes, Symptoms & Tips to Stay Hydrated
Do you know the signs of dehydration? Dehydration can cause medical complications. Learn the causes, symptoms, treatments, and...
Dental (Oral) Health Quiz: Test Your Dental Hygiene IQ
Take the Dental Health Quiz to test your IQ of oral hygiene, cavities, and common tongue and gum diseases. This quiz covers...
Picture of Xerosis
Abnormal dryness of the skin (xeroderma), of the conjunctiva of the eye (xerophthalmia), or of the mucous membranes such as dry...
Dry Mouth Causes, Treatments, and Remedies
What causes dry mouth (xerostomia)? How do you get rid of and cure dry mouth? Learn about dry mouth symptoms as well as natural...
Related Disease Conditions
Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) Symptoms and Treatments
Low blood pressure, also referred to as hypotension, is blood pressure that is so low that it causes symptoms or signs due to the...
Thrush (Oral Candidiasis)
Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the Candida fungus. Symptoms of Thrush include pain or difficulty swallowing, a...
Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The two types of diabetes are...
Dehydration is the excessive loss of body water. There are a number of causes of dehydration including heat exposure, prolonged...
Sore throat usually is described as pain or discomfort in the throat area. A sore throat may be caused by bacterial...
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints,...
There are a variety of diseases and conditions that can cause tongue problems, discoloration, and soreness. Though most tongue...
Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease involving the abnormal production of extra antibodies that attack the glands and...
Hoarseness (abnormal deep, harsh, raspy voice) is caused by a variety of conditions in which the larynx (voice box and vocal...
Gum disease is caused by plaque and may result in tooth loss without proper treatment. Symptoms and signs of gum disease...
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of body tissues caused by autoimmune disease....
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a condition that causes pain in the mouth. BMS may be caused by menopause, dry mouth or...
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points. Stress...
Heat cramps usually affect people who sweat a lot during strenuous activity or work in a hot, humid environment. Symptoms of heat...
An allergy refers to a misguided reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. ...
There are four major types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Tumors on the...
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by symptoms such as trouble concentrating, headaches, sleep problems,...
Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However,...
Cough (Chronic, Persistent Cough in Adults and Children)
Chronic cough is a cough that does not go away and is generally a symptom of another disorder such as asthma, allergic...
Bad breath can result from poor oral hygiene habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath, also called...
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one...
The most common taste disorder is phantom taste perception; that is, a lingering, often unpleasant taste even though you have...
Thrush and Other Yeast Infections in Children
Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida. Oral thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth...
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Complications)
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a complication of type 1 diabetes that is life threatening. If a person thinks they may have...
Botulism is an illness caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are three types of botulism:...
Cholera is an infectious disease characterized by intense vomiting and profuse watery diarrhea and that rapidly lease to...
7 Alzheimer's Disease Stages and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease depend on the stage of the disease. Some doctors and researchers disagree in regard...
Smoking (How to Quit Smoking)
Smoking is an addiction. More than 430,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. from smoking related illnesses. Secondhand smoke or...
Learn more about cavities including symptoms, treatment, and prevention. See how tooth decay, plaque, and bacteria contribute to...
Protect Your Teeth: 19 Bad Dental Habits to Avoid
Bad dental habits can wreck your teeth. Teeth grinding, chewing on ice, playing sports without a mouthguard, and eating and...
Local ResourcesFind a local Doctor in your town
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
- Health Tips for Summer Fun
- Are You Ignoring Gum Disease?
- Health Tip: Manage Dry Mouth
- Health Tip: Feeling Under the Weather?
- New Parkinson's Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties
- Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth
- Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth
- Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Serious Sore Throat
- Generic Cymbalta Approved
- Health News Reports May Spur 'Symptoms' in Some People
- No Proof Drugs Ease Kids' Migraines: Study
- FDA OKs First OTC Remedy for Overactive Bladder
- Health Tip: Many Seniors Suffer From Dry Mouth
- Marijuana Extract May Help Ease Muscle Stiffness in MS: Study
- Botox Injections: Option for Urge Incontinence?
- Dental Woes Abound for Developmentally Disabled: Study
- FDA Approves New Overactive Bladder Drug
- Incontinence Drugs: Benefits and Harms Compared
- Health Tip: Dealing With Dry Mouth
- FDA Reconsiders Weight Loss Drug Qnexa
- Muscle Relaxant May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain
- Experimental Drug Targets Overactive Bladder
- Qnexa Yields Up to Nearly a 10% Weight Loss: Study
- Weight Loss Pill Also Lowers Blood Pressure
- Spring Allergy Relief Can Be Hard to Find
- Health Tip: Understanding Dry Mouth
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter