Irritant - Excess saliva production when I get sick

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smartdog
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   Posted 8/30/2008 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed that for the last couple of years, whenever I start to come down with a cold, my saliva production goes through the roof.  It used to happen 1 day before the cold symptoms appeared, then 2 days and now it goes up on its own for a couple of days when I get run down.  It gets so bad that I can`t sleep because I have to keep spitting it out and I get sick to my stomach because I have so much of it.  I`ve talked to my DDS and doc, but they say its a real puzzler and offer no advice.  I try antihistamines, and they work on day 1, but I still have to get through day 2.  I`m between meds right now except for losec.  Any ideas or similar problems out there...
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.


Nanners
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   Posted 8/30/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I only get that when I am really nauseous. Wish I had more ideas for you, that is a different one. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


smartdog
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   Posted 10/25/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
So the last coulple of months saliva production is higher than usual as I seem to keep getting a bit of a cold every couple of weeks. Taking a benadryl before bedtime is helping, but these are just minor colds with a minor uptick in saliva production.
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.


spookyh
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   Posted 10/25/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too Nanners. The funny thing is, my dog is like that too. I always know it's time to get him outside quick when he starts smacking his lips and drooling (plus, he gives a pathetic look that says "I don't feel good").

indigosunrise
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I get this something awful when I get nauseous...

I hope you feel better soon and they are able to explain why this is happening when you get headcolds...

smartdog
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   Posted 11/2/2008 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Saliva gone for now, but I think I'll try asking my dentist next.
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.


momof5pregnant#6
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   Posted 5/5/2009 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey just wanted to say I also suffer from this!! Only when I first get a cold, but it is miserable. Makes me throw up even! Not sure of the cause, just wanted you to know your not alone! It's nice to know I am not alone either, I am currently up late at night dealing with this frustrating crap! Good luck to you!

Zanne
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   Posted 5/5/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
This only happens to me when I am going to be sick to my stomach. I thought it was only me! Strange how some symptoms are so common to all of us, and others are so individual.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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dgaudiana
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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have excessive saliva the first couple days of a cold. It is one of the worst parts about the cold. I get such an upset stomach from swallowing the saliva that I throw up! I wonder why it makes me nauseous? I can't sleep because of it also and no one I talk to knows anything about it!

kat528
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the same boat here... Whenever I get a cold, the worst part is the excessive saliva production. I've learned over time that if I don't spit it out, I end up swallowing so much saliva that it irritates my stomach and I vomit. Also, when I swallow so often, I also swallow air which makes me burp - which, in turn, makes more saliva. Are we having fun yet??

So, for the duration of my cold, I have a spit cup that I spit into every 15-20 seconds or so - it's absolutely ridiculous. I have to a) keep it away from my curious toddler and b) be extra careful not to confuse it with my water glass that I have to continuously drink from so I don't get dehydrated! It doesn't stop at night, either... it keeps me up, just like some of you. I suck on menthol cough drops, which helps some, but not much. I usually just end up suffering through a few sleepless awful nights until the worst of the cold passes.

My doctor was completely ambivalent and unhelpful. Have any of you had success with finding an answer out there? Any suggestions are so very much appreciated - this has gone on for years for me and this is the first time I've actually been successful in finding anything out there in the ether... and it is, at the very least, very validating to know that I'm not the only one dealing with this frustrating thing.

frogeleita
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   Posted 9/7/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
i have this too..and i have a little trick that people might think is really weird...if i eat a tiny bit of salt it makes it better...

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Bryce117
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   Posted 9/10/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
hey. I just got a cold about 2 days ago and this happened to me as well. just did some research and found this site. Just like to put in my 2 cents and my sympathy goes out to all u else. Same deal. Huge amounts of saliva have to spit in the sink all the time or sleep with a towel next to me to spit onto. Only got 3 hours of sleep last night cause I could not fall asleep before i had to spit again. One thing that helped me though was taking a hot shower, leaning my head back and letting the hot water fall on my throat. Feels good and temporarily removes the swallowing impulse completely, kindof uncomfortable though on the neck so its more of a temporary relief. Hoping the swallowing will go away soon, but its only been going on about 8 hours so we will see.

pillpopper
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   Posted 9/10/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL,
We are all so similar.
Thought it was just me, drooling over the garbage can.
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and 8-week Remicade.


curedcrohns
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   Posted 9/11/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I might not know the awnser but I used to get the same things when I ate something that wasn't good for my crohns, like a pizza or burger or something acidic. It was horrible and I used to have to spit alot even out in public, or swallow it and make me feel sicker. All I can suggest is make a diary of the foods you eat and keep track of when you feel ok and wheen you don't and you should be able to pin point some foods that you have a bad reaction too and cut them out of your diet.
 
Good Luck smilewinkgrin

smartdog
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   Posted 10/16/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone I talked to thinks I'm weird, so I don't feel so crazy now that I know other people experience too. It is the worst part of the cold by far; I used to welcome a cold because my CD symptoms would go away and overall I'd feel a bit better. But now its so bad that I dread the thought of a cold and really go overboard trying to avoid them. My boss had a cold last week and I had to forbid him from coming within 2 meters of my desk. It took a couple of days, but he's now fully trained. My doctor gave me an atrovent inhaler back when the saliva production did not drop off after my last cold. After a month of always having a mouthful of water I was ready to try anything. The inhaler seemed to work. Now, I find that my saliva production often goes up but a couple of benadryl before bed helps. During the day, I just spit into a cup.
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.


smartdog
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   Posted 10/16/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. Anyone out there get this saliva thing for no discernible reason?
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.


shaun65
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   Posted 11/23/2009 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
glad to know im not alone i suffer all the same symptoms prior to and during first few days of cold.The excess saliva drives me insane if i swallow it i start to vomit but i only fetch up small amounts of acidic crap no matter what i have eaten.Sleep is a no-no for the first few days but i have found i rest better sat more upright so i have 3 pillows at this time,eases it a little.Doctor shrugged his shoulders when i went to see him so i have to suffer until it goes,i dread going near people with cold because of this,treat em like lepers.It does,nt seem like anyone knows of a cure for this so we have to put up with it im afraid,still glad to know im not alone.shaun

sickandlucky
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   Posted 11/23/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I only get the excessive saliva thing when I'm about to throw up a bunch.... nooo good
19 y/o female, diagnosed crohns december 2008
currently taking 500 mg pentasa 4x daily


Shuan Li
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   Posted 11/27/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
OMG i am fed up of this saliva problem. Every 30 seconds i need to spit. I know if i swallow it all the time i will throw up. I just don't know what to do about it. My nose is totally blocked.

BeeSting
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   Posted 11/28/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I do have this big saliva production now and then, but only when I feel a overwhelming nausea. Then I have to rush to the bathroom and out comes a river of saliva. The need to swallow is also typical for me, but all of a sudden the nausea is gone, and so is the saliva production. I may suggest anti acidic med's.This maybe helps./Bee

1sickpuppy
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   Posted 12/23/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
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I always thought it happened because when you have a cold, the excessive mucas makes you swallow a lot. I you swallow a lot then you are stimulating the saliva glands so after awhile they don't even close up they just stay open. It drives me CRAZY. I have the problem right now, that's how I found this site lol. I found that if I relax my mouth (and jaw) completely - even to the point of just letting the saliva flow - I can get it to ease up after a minute or so. Also, sometime the body just needs a reset button. Taking a shower is a good reset button, and you can also try the suggestion made earlier about letting the water hit your throat. Another good reset button is to get scared. If you don't have a scary movie on hand then get on youtube and find something scary. I recently saw the preview for Legion (the one with the old lady) and it scared the saliva right back in :)

Whatever you try, just realize that if you keep spitting you just make it continue because you keep stimulating those glands!

Post Edited (1sickpuppy) : 12/23/2009 8:10:16 AM (GMT-7)


mpallie
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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have this when I get sick. My dad said that his dad had it too. May be genetic. One thing that helps a bit is to drink black tea (with no milk or sugar). The tannins dry our your mouth for a minute or two...

kat528
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
So I saw my dentist yesterday and he told me about a drug they use on patients when they're having a root canal, to help calm saliva production & do something called "dry dentistry." It's called Propantheline and affects your parasympathetic nervous system. You take it when you need to (when us weirdos are sick and drooling like mad), it's fast-acting & the effects last for 4-6hrs. The dentist says it basically gives you dry mouth.

Anyone ever heard of this? I've yet to talk to my reg doctor about this, but I'm definitely intrigued. I get so so desperate when I'm in the throes of this crazy drooling thing that I'm willing to try just about anything!

Any feedback is definitely appreciated.

leysa
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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I also get this. I end up sleeping sitting up in a recliner with my head bent over a bowl so I can drool in my sleep. :P
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Sleepless in Minneapolis
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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this same issue the first couple days every time I get a cold, and everyone I talk to has no idea what i'm talking about. Getting a cold is bad enough, but no sleep for 3 days and spitting/throwing up make it so much worse. I have noticed a correlation to getting this problem after taking acetaminophen, which happens to be in most cold medicines. When I don't take any medication at all I seem to have had better luck.

I am also wondering if having an acidic ph could be the reason this happens since your body does produce saliva as a defense against acidity right before throwing up (in normal throwing up situations). I am going to do an experiment eating only basic foods, and then only acidic foods to see if a basic ph fixes the problem and an acidic ph makes it worse. I will post my results here.

Basic foods are vegetables, cellery is the best but any will work, watermellon, oranges

Acidic foods are milk, candy, any junk food, breads,

30/f chronic sufferer of too much saliva during colds
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