Drooling is saliva flowing outside the mouth.
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Drooling caused by nervous system (neurologic) problems can often be managed with drugs that block the action of the chemical messenger, acetylcholine (anticholinergic drugs).
Drooling is saliva flowing outside the mouth.
Salivation; Excessive saliva; Too much saliva; Sialorrhea ...
Drooling is defined as saliva flowing outside of your mouth unintentionally. It is often a result of weak or underdeveloped muscles around your mouth.
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Drooling and difficulty managing saliva in the mouth
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Facial drooping on one side
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Difficulty chewing and swallowing
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. She will also do a physical exam, paying close attention to your: ...
Pale or bluish coloration of the lips, skin or fingernails (cyanosis)
Retracting of the muscles in the neck or between the ribs when breathing (retractions) ...
Drooling from the affected side of the mouth
Pain around the ear
Feeling of fullness or swelling to the affected side of the face ...
Loss of the sense of taste on the front two-thirds of the tongue
Hypersensitivity to sound in the affected ear ...
Drooling due to severe pain when swallowing.
A muffled voice.
Stridor - a harsh, raspy sound that occurs when your airways are blocked.
unable to talk
child sits leaning forward
child keeps his or her mouth open ...
Drooping eyelids ("ptosis")
Mental retardation is also possible
Hypotonia (poor muscle tone)
As the disease progresses, it may lead to: ...
A feeling that food or liquids are sticking in the throat or esophagus, or that there is a lump in these areas
Arching or stiffening of the body during feedings ...
Drooling common, chewing on things (eg, crib rail)
Vertical root fracture ...
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When to call the doctor
Swallowing problems are rarely serious, so it can be difficult to know when to seek help. Contact your health care provider: ...
Drooling; defiling with saliva. [Webster1913]
African Trypanosomiasis or Encephalitis Lethargica.
starts drooling or has trouble swallowing
has blue lips and fingernails
becomes restless or confused
does not sound better after moist air treatment or going outdoors
has increasing trouble breathing ...
Drooling and repeated swallowing movements.
Loss of conditon.
Watery eyes in some birds.
Nervous symptoms (rare).
sialorrhea drooling; increased salivation
simple tic tic involving a limited number of muscles; simple vocal tics are meaningless noises such as grunting or throat clearing; simple motor tics are focal movements such as eye blinking or facial grimacing ...
Head drop due to weakness of the neck muscles
Muscle contractions called fasciculations
Muscle weakness that slowly gets worse ...
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I am wondering if drooling is related to snoring. My husband has gained thirty pounds over the last three years, and this has made him snore. It has also increased the amount of drool on his pillow.
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The most common symptoms of teething include swelling, tenderness, or discomfort in the gums at the site of the erupting tooth; drooling; biting on fingers or toys; irritability; or difficulty sleeping.
Does individual have a headache, tearing, drooling, difficulty eating and drinking, change in facial appearance, impairment of taste, or hearing loss?
Did individual report a mild cold, influenza, or other upper respiratory tract infection within a week prior to the onset of Bell's palsy?
But if her condition has worsened, and she begins drooling or has hoarse breathing, your pediatrician will probably ask you to take your child directly to the hospital emergency room, and recommend that you call 911 so an ambulance can transport her.
tremor (uncontrolled shaking), drooling, trouble swallowing, problems with balance or walking;
feeling restless, jittery, or agitated;
slow, shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out; ...
Being unable to swallow (this may show up as excessive drooling).
Unusual irritability or persistent crying, in a baby, or if the baby is not taking feeds.
If a child, particularly, has PROGRESSIVE DYSPHAGIA, continual drooling from his mouth, STRIDOR, COUGH, a red swollen epiglottis, and is ill and febrile, suspect ACUTE EPIGLOTTITIS (not uncommon), which is much more serious than acute laryngitis.
There can be speech problems and weak face muscles, causing drooling. Numbness or tingling is very common. A stroke involving the base of the brain can affect balance, vision, swallowing, breathing and even unconsciousness. A stroke is a medical emergency.
Synthetic levodopa, a DOPamine precursor that crosses the blood-brain barrier, reduces the rigidity, sluggishness, dysphagia, drooling, and instability characteristic of the disease but does not alter its relentless course.
Additional symptoms include leg contractures, difficulty walking, speech disorders, drooling, atrophy of the hand muscles, mild developmental delays, fluctuating emotions, and short stature. Onset is in early childhood.
CBPS patients have weakness of the face, throat, tongue and the chewing process, with lack of speech or slurred speech and drooling. Most have learning impairments (see entry Learning Disability), behaviour problems and epilepsy.
Trouble chewing or swallowing, risk of choking; excessive salivation, drooling.
Difficulty with fine movements such as tying shoe laces or buttoning shirts.
Loss of bowel and/or bladder control; constipation.
Emotional changes such as anxiety, depression, fear, or isolation.
These symptoms may include a taut or mask-like expression on the face, drooling, tremors, pill-rolling motions in the hands, cogwheel rigidity (abnormal rigidity in muscles, characterized by jerky movements when the muscle is passively stretched), and a shuffling gait.
Other clinical features may include difficulty in closing the eyelid, drooling of saliva, loss of taste sensation on one side of the tongue. The patient may be unable to smile, blink or even wrinkle his or her forehead.
Chewing, drooling, teeth grinding and swallowing as well as loss of consciousness are not uncommon when a seizure takes place. Eyes may flutter or roll up in a person's head while a seizure is going on.
Your child starts drooling or has trouble swallowing.
Your child's lips and skin around the nose, mouth of fingernails are bluish or turn dark.
Your child's breathing doesn't sound better after mist treatment.
Your child is very cranky, irritable or constantly uncomfortable.
The clinical picture usually encompasses severe oropharyngeal dysphagia, impaired closure of lips and drooling. Voluntary cough is often impossible, and sometimes there is no reflex cough (Beaudoin and De Serres, 2008). There is an ongoing risk of saliva aspiration.
Later symptoms include bloody vomit; drooling; an enlarged spleen; jaundice; difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and/or walking; loss of coordination; progressive fatigue, weakness, intellectual impairment; personality changes; bizarre behavior; spasms, tremors, rigidity of the muscles; ...
Increased saliva or drooling
Loss of appetite or becoming choosy about foods
Tender and swollen gums
Rash on cheeks or redness in the area of the cheeks near the affected gums
Patients with drooling may require suction.
Children benefit by being allowed to remain with their parents and being allowed to assume a position of comfort
Do not attempt to dislodge a foreign body from a spontaneously breathing patient by giving abdominal thrusts or syrup of ipecac.
Symptoms in later stages of the cancer may include drooling, spitting up pieces of undigested food, and weight loss. Lung infections caused by liquids spilling over into your windpipe (trachea) are common.
Glycopyrrolate (eg, Robinul, Cuvposa)-to decrease drooling
Pamidronate (eg, Aredia)-to treat osteoporosis
Medicines that may be used to treat spasticity:
Baclofen (eg, Lioresal)
Diazepam (eg, Valium)
Tizanidine (eg, Zanaflex) ...
More severe symptoms may mean there is another problem. A child who has severe pain, drooling, and a hard time breathing may have epiglottitis, a serious condition that requires emergency care. Adults also get epiglottitis, but it is more common in children.
How is laryngitis diagnosed?
Dysphagia: Slow movement of the tongue, lips, throat and jaws that causes drooling and difficulties in swallowing, caused by dystonia of the vocal chords. The voice may be hoarse, tone and volume may be diminished causing the speech to have a soft whisper-like quality ...
Symptoms vary but commonly include a runny nose, watery eyes, drooling and excessive sweating, difficulty in breathing, dimness of vision, nausea, vomiting, twitching and headache.
Symptoms include slurred speech, drooling, problems swallowing, slow/soft speech, and limited movement of the tongue, jaw and lips.
Within this Glossary Term
Constant feeling of a lump in the throat
Pain with swallowing
Coughing or choking with eating or drinking
Nasal sounding voice
Sensation of food sticking in the chest
Weight loss ...
There are simple partial seizures that involve facial muscles and are frequently associated with excessive salivation and drooling. There may be secondary generalization of the partial seizures. Seizures typically occur at night during sleep.
Additional signs of the early-onset form include slow movements, clumsiness, frequent falling, rigidity, slurred speech, and drooling. School performance often declines as thinking and reasoning abilities become impaired. Seizures occur in 30 percent to 50 percent of children with this condition.
Gasping for air
Convulsions, Seizures, Coma, and death
Death occurs due to heart or respiratory failure
Only 7 people worldwide have been known to survive untreated Rabies (i.e., did not receive the series vaccination for Rabies after being bitten or exposed to a rabid animal).
Noisy, high-pitched breathing sounds when inhaling
Drooling more than usual
A fever higher than 103 F (39 C) ...
Sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest, or behind your breastbone (sternum)
Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
Food or stomach acid backing up into your throat
Unexpected weight loss
Coughing or gagging when swallowing ...
Numbness or weakness of the limbs or face, especially on one side of the body
Facial paralysis (one side droops, drooling)
Trouble speaking or understanding speech
Dizziness, difficulty walking
Extremely painful headache ...
It may make it hard for you to close your eye on that side of your face.
Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye.
Loss of ability to taste.
Pain in or behind your ear.
Numbness in the affected side of your face.
Increased sensitivity to sound.
This condition, which may last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, may cause symptoms that range from slurred speech and drooling to complete muscle weakness. Laughter or strong emotions, especially excitement and sometimes fear or anger, typically trigger cataplexy.
develop fever, muscle aches, or other flu-like symptoms
become irritable or sleep more than usual
begin drooling (due to painful swallowing)
gravitate toward cold fluids ...
I can finally breathe thoroughly at night (no more drooling). Swallowing is so much easier now! My ENT told me to come back in 3 weeks, I asked him if it was necessary and he told me that only if I feel like I'm having trouble breathing or if my infection hasn't gotten better.
Most patients initially have mild cognitive deterioration and clumsiness, as well as changes in behavior, problems with speech, swallowing, or physical coordination, tremors or uncontrolled movements, muscle stiffness and spasms, unsteady gait and drooling.
Esophagus not connected to stomach
Inability to swallow
Excessive drooling ...
Difficulty swallowing including drooling
Severe or unusual headaches, nausea and/or vomiting
Occasionally strokes can cause children to collapse, to change behaviour or to have a seizure.
If you notice any of these signs seek immediate medical attention.
Highly contagious behavior includes nose blowing, sneezing, and physically transferring infected secretions onto environmental surfaces or paper tissue. Contrary to popular belief, behaviors such as kissing, talking, coughing, or even drooling do not contribute substantially to the spread of disease.
Drooling, biting of the tongue, and urinary incontinence may occur. When the jerking movements stop, the individual may remain unconscious for a period of time. Tonic-clonic seizures usually last 5-20 minutes. Individuals often awaken confused and may sleep for a period of time.
Diazepam (eg, Valium), baclofen (eg, Lioresal), or dantrolene -to reduce spasticity
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other pain medications
Atropine (eg, AtroPen), scopolamine (eg, Isopto), or antihistamine-to reduce heavy drooling
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications ...
Sore throat; fever; difficult or painful swallowing; hoarseness. In infants and young children: whistling or crowing sounds with breathing; shortness of breath and progressive difficulty with breathing; refusal of food or water; sometimes drooling of saliva (refusal to swallow saliva).
These symptoms last three to seven days. This is followed by convulsions, paralysis and death. The paralysis sometimes appears early on, marked by paralysis of the lower jaw, drooling and foaming saliva. The animal may appear to be choking on something.
Infected deer and elk show progressive weight loss with accompanying behavioral changes. In later stages of the disease, infected animals become emaciated (thus "wasting" disease). Other signs include staggering, consuming large amounts of water, excessive urination, and drooling.
Sialorrheadrooling; increased salivation.Sleep apneais a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring and daytime sleepiness are signs a person might have sleep apnea.Sleep studya test used in the study of sleep and as a diagnostic tool in sleep medicine.
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