Mouth Cancer Symptoms
Mouth cancer symptoms are most easily identified by the dentist, though a variety of other characteristics are obvious to the person himself or others around him. An earache, lump on the neck, difficulty swallowing, bleeding in the mouth for no reason, and the loss of teeth are all signs a patient can effectively report to the dentist and request and appointment for further inspection and diagnosis. Discolored patches of skin within the mouth are not only harder to detect by the patient, but also much more serious, therefore regular check-ups with the dentist are important. Though these problems may indicate cancerous cells, most often problems leading to cancer are identified in this manner, thus preventing the disease. Oral cancer treatments include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The extent and type depends on the stage and placement of the tumor. Asking as many questions before any test or procedure ensures the highest level of patient satisfaction. In addition, personal research outside of the doctors office can further increase the chances of successful testing and treatment.
Though biopsies are traditional ways in which cancerous cells are detected, the way in which a biopsy is conducted differs depending on the details of the patient, the resources available for testing, and the type of patient insurance. Determining the need, invasiveness, timeframe for testing, and the waiting time for results will ensure patient satisfaction concerning the biopsy procedure. The doctor should inform the patient about any risks and aftercare procedures. In the event that oral cancer treatments are necessary, the patient must understand when treatment will begin and what to expect. If the biopsy comes back positive then further testing including dental x-rays, chest x-rays, CT scan, and MRI may be ordered to fully understand where the cancer has spread. If the same doctor or team of doctors conducts all these tests then a second opinion should be sought to ensure proper diagnosis. Although doctors are educated and well-meaning individuals sometimes mistakes are made. Referral from the existing doctor or contacting the government medical agency may lead to sufficient secondary doctors specializing in the diagnosis of mouth cancer symptoms.
Choosing the right oral cancer treatments depends on the specifics of the tumor, overall health of the patient, and the specific wishes of the patient. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the medical procedures available to cure or assist in management of this disease. Surgery may include removal of part of the tongue, tissue inside the mouth, teeth, or tissue in the lips in order to eliminate mouth cancer symptoms. In some cases surgery is not necessary, but suggested in order to prevent recurrence. The choice is ultimately up to the patient. Weighing all the facts about risks involved with mouth cancer treatments in comparison to the risks involved with certain procedures will determine the best route for the individual. Before surgery or other treatment option is chosen ask about the extent of hospital stay, short-term side effects, long-term side effects, cost, insurance coverage, and lifestyle changes required for optimal recovery.
If surgery is only as good as the patients willingness to change lifestyle habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption, then the patient must make a decision of whether or not that change is realistic. The risk of complications during surgery without promise of long-term wellness holds great bar toward the optimal outcome. Likewise the short-term effects of surgery may be too much for a person to handle. Thoroughly discussing the procedure and possible effects can prepare the patient for success. Due to the area in which and the extent of surgical procedures reconstructive surgery may be desired or required. This option should be discussed before any procedure is performed.
The types of surgery are just as numerous as the ways in which they are performed. Discussing the specific procedure with each doctor consulted and comparing notes will determine the best personal decision. Though minimal invasiveness is ideal, if the problem is not solved then the effort is worthless, however no doctor can ensure 100% success due to the complexity and mystery of the human body. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27) In addition to details about the specific procedure and lifestyle changes required for optimal success, discuss further mouth cancer treatments after surgery such as chemotherapy and radiation. Fully investigate the drug options and the effects recorded to date. Inform the doctor of any other allergies or medications in use thus enabling the doctor to make a much more informed decision about the therapy choice. Because the doctor treating the cancer is not usually the dentist, ensure communication between these two professionals in order to increase the ease and success of treatment. Likewise, if the dentist knows the details of the treatment plan then proper focus on regular care can occur.
Side effects of oral cancer treatments include dry mouth, tooth decay, sore throat and mouth, sore or bleeding gums, infection, delayed healing, jaw stiffness, denture problems, changes in smell and taste senses, changes in voice quality, changes in thyroid, skin changes, and fatigue. These changes may be temporary due to the radiation therapy and should be observed by the doctor. Remembering that short-term discomfort may be a small price to pay in relation to cancer cells that mastitis. Continued health after resolution of mouth cancer symptoms depends on the efforts of the patient following surgery or other oral cancer treatments. This includes avoidance of hard or sharp foods while incision areas heal, long-term nutrition, and avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes.
Natural Cold Sore RemediesNatural cold sore remedies are effective in eliminating the problem without the use of prescription drugs or simply waiting for self-resolution. Cold sores are not the same as canker sores. It is important to know the difference because treatment options are different. Cold sore treatments are effective for skin irritations on the lips, gums, or roof of the mouth. Canker sores appear on the tongue or walls of the mouth. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious. Using any form of natural solution takes research and communication with a doctor to ensure the combination of synthetic and natural solutions will not cause adverse effects. In addition, if supplements are taken incorrectly a person may experience much worse effects than the initial problem. If treatment is effective, complete relief is found within 10 days of their first appearance.
Many options line the shelves in general grocery stores as well as natural health food stores. The FDA does not generally regulate these products; therefore careful research on any company or product is important before purchase. Sometimes local companies distribute or make these cold sore treatments from home. Even with local companies quality control should be seriously considered before purchase. Because the FDA does not monitor these companies there is no one requiring accuracy of labeling or content. The only REAL way to ensure the quality and accuracy of any natural cold sore remedies is to grow them at home. This is not always possible due to the climate and geographic area some cures grow in, but components such as lemon balm, peppermint, Echinacea, black currant, Resveratrol, and rhubarb are easily grown in almost any backyard or kitchen garden. Other cold sore treatments include lysine, Reishi and Astragalus, Propolis, self-heal, and Undaria pinnatifida. Resoveratrol is a compound naturally found in red grapes that can be consumed by eating the red grapes themselves. In fact, none of the above-mentioned backyard remedies need special attention such as attainment of high temperature or chemical mix with another component. Eaten raw when its first harvested is the best way to ensure all the required nutrients stay within the food. As with most cold sore treatments, if self-harvest is not possible or desired, pill, cream, and oil forms are available. Lysine can be consumed in supplement form or through daily consumption of red meat, milk, eggs, cheese, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and fish. In addition foods rich in arginine should be avoided in order for the consumption of lysine to absorb to its full potential. These foods include chocolate, peanuts, and almonds. With lysine in a persons bloodstream the body can more effective at fighting disease overall, but particularly the spread of the herpes simplex virus. Lysine ointment and supplements are also available at most health food stores. Even when a person decides to take their medicine via food consumption they should consider purchasing organic or at least natural foods to ensure the best quality of self-care.
Lemon balm taken regularly cures and may even prevent future instances with its natural antiviral properties. Reishi is a mushroom grown in Asia, but is available through supplementation at 600 milligrams twice a day. Again, this remedy has proven to prevent suture breakouts. Used with other synthetic drugs such as aspirin, warfarin, or other prescription drugs may cause adverse effects. As mentioned above, consult a doctor before starting any new diet or supplementation efforts. Astragalus is sometimes used with Reishi to boost the immune system fighting against even more complex herpes infections. Peppermint oil applied directly on the area of infection immediately starts to kill the infection creating quick recovery and decreased chance of reoccurrence. Peppermint oil has shown dangerous and even deadly effects in some people. Use carefully as prescribed by a doctor and never apply within the mouth thus eliminating the chance of ingestion, which could be deadly. Propolis is another solution, which is made by bees and can be self-harvested or bought as a supplement. As with all the other natural cold sore remedies, taken regularly prevention of future breakouts are possible. Self-heal is a perennial plant frown in China and Europe, which proves to have the same effects, although has also proven effective in the herpes simplex 2 as well as 1. Wherefore I pray you to take [some] meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you. (Acts 27:34)
Tracking the progression of natural cold sore remedies means paying attention to the progression of the infection. There are 5 stages of this infection including: the tingle/prodome stage. Blister stage, weeping stage, crusting stage, and final healing stage. The first stage includes tenderness, inflammation, and firmness. The second stage is the visible stage. This usually occurs within 2 or 3 days after the initial onset of infection. The weeping stage occurs after the blister pops and a flat red sore remains. Scabbing generally occurs shortly after the blister pops and might bleed if irritated. The final healing stage should leave no scar or color irregularity. If either of these occurs, consult a doctor for further infection examination. Although a cold sore may have initially occurred, additional infection or disease can occur if immune system functioning is low or additional exposure to toxins occurs. Ignoring this problem can lead to very serious health issues such as cancer, long-term disease, and even death. Any health problem not responsibly addressed has very serious consequences.