Can You Eat Fruit If You Have Mouth Sores Caused by Chemo?
Chemotherapy, one of the main ways of treating cancer, can have side effects that are just as painful and uncomfortable as cancer itself. Patients often experience painful chemotherapy side effects, including hair loss, loss of appetite and weight loss, and fatigue.
Often the most difficult side effect chemotherapy patients fight is mouth sores (also known as oral mucositis), which are accompanied by thick saliva and difficulty chewing and swallowing. Oral mucositis can be so uncomfortable that it can keep chemotherapy patients from being able to eat the food they enjoy. While dealing with oral mucositis, many chemotherapy patients wonder which foods they’ll be able to eat.
Can chemotherapy patients with mouth sores eat fruit? Continue reading to learn more about whether chemotherapy patients with mouth sores can eat fruit and how Chemo Mouthpiece™ can be used to alleviate discomfort caused by oral mucositis.
Eating Fruit While Suffering From Mouth Sores From Chemo
People that are suffering from mouth sores while going through chemotherapy can eat fruit, but they should be careful about which fruits they choose to eat. Some fruits (such as oranges, pineapples, strawberries, and kiwi) may be too sweet or acidic, which can irritate mouth sores. Fruits that are crunchy or that require lots of chewing (such as apples) or that have pits and seeds (cherries) are not ideal for people with mouth sores.
The best fruits for people that are suffering from mouth sores are those that are soft and mellow, such as bananas, pears, and peaches that have had their pits removed.
Chemotherapy patients that are dealing with mouth sores should note that they can modify fruits to make them easier to eat. Fruits can be cut up into small pieces, cooked, blended into a liquid, or mixed with yogurt or ice cream to allow them to be chewed and swallowed more easily.
Fruits are an excellent addition to the diet of anyone going through chemotherapy since they are nutritious, which is important for chemotherapy patients that may be experiencing malnutrition as a result of diminished appetite.
Tips for Eating With Mouth Sores From Chemotherapy
Eating while suffering from mouth sores from chemotherapy can be difficult. Chemotherapy patients can take certain actions to make it easier for them to chew, swallow, and digest foods, making it easier for them to fight malnutrition by ensuring that they eat healthy foods they enjoy.
The best foods for people that are experiencing mouth sores while going through chemotherapy are those that are soft and bland. Since they don’t require much chewing, soft foods are not likely to irritate mouth sores. And since spices and complicated textures can also irritate mouth sores, bland foods are a safe bet.
Oatmeal, grits, pancakes soaked in syrup, yogurt, soups, stews, soft cheeses (ricotta, mascarpone), polenta, cooked grains, mashed potatoes, risotto, ice cream, pudding, and gelatin desserts are ideal for people with mouth sores. Since cold temperatures can be soothing to mouth sores, ice cream, iced caffeine-free green tea, and other cold treats are a good choice. Cutting foods into small pieces, blending them into liquids, or serving them with sauces and gravies can make them easier to eat.
There are also foods that people with mouth sores should avoid to prevent irritation of their sores. Excessively salty and acidic foods and beverages such as coffee, fruit juices, citrus fruits, tomato sauce, salsa, gazpacho, mustard, pickles, olives, relishes, sauerkraut, and most salad dressings should be avoided, as should food that has lots of spice. Beverages with high levels of carbonation, caffeine, or alcohol should be avoided as well. Since hot and warm temperatures can irritate mouth sores, foods served at a hot temperature should be avoided, too.
People that are going through chemotherapy can reduce their discomfort in other ways. Practicing thorough hygiene and good oral care during chemotherapy is another way to alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes from eating with mouth sores from oral mucositis.
Smoking should be avoided at all costs, as should nail-biting and any other activity that brings the mouth into contact with surfaces and substances that can irritate sores. Some chemotherapy patients may want to use a mouthwash that includes a numbing agent so they’re less likely to feel sores at mealtimes.
Using Cryotherapy to Deal With Mouth Sores from Chemo
Eating foods that are not likely to create irritation, preparing foods in the right ways, and practicing good oral hygiene habits are important parts of reducing the discomfort caused by oral mucositis, but it’s not always enough. Chemotherapy patients suffering from the pain of mouth sores caused by oral mucositis can use cryotherapy to find relief. Cryotherapy entails the use of freezing or near-freezing temperatures administered to an isolated area to prevent discomfort, manage irritation, and enable patients to eat in peace. Cryotherapy treats sores by lowering the temperature of the mouth, which shrinks the size of blood vessels and keeps chemotherapy medications from reaching the tissue. Chemo Mouthpiece™, an oral cryotherapy device that can effectively cool the oral cavity within only a few minutes, is an excellent option for chemotherapy patients seeking relief.
Chemo Mouthpiece™ Can Be Used to Find Relief from Chemo Mouth Sores
People that are enduring mouth sores caused by chemotherapy can eat fruit, as long as they choose ones that won’t irritate their sores and they prepare them in the right way. To reduce the overall irritation caused by mouth sores from chemotherapy, patients should consider using Chemo Mouthpiece™, a cryotherapy a device that can alleviate mouth sore pain quickly and efficiently.
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