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Controlling Excess Saliva

September 28, 2017

Excess saliva production (sialorrhea) is a very common problem in ALS patients.  The disease does not cause the overproduction of saliva, like people often think, but instead weakens the throat muscles needed for regular swallowing. When not properly managed, sialorrhea can result in drooling, choking, or difficulty speaking. Not only is it difficult to control, but it is also embarrassing and causes those suffering with this issue to stay home and feel isolated from their world.  Isolation feeds depression and the downward spiral continues for a symptom that is treatable. Continue Reading