Sore Mouth or Throat

Chemo can sometimes cause sores in your mouth or throat. These sores can get irritated and even infected by certain foods you eat. Sores and dry mouth can make eating a very difficult task.

  • Eat soft, bland, creamy foods: cream based soups, cheeses, yogurt, milkshakes, pudding, ice cream
  • Soak some foods to ease swallowing: let your cereal set a few extra minutes in the milk before eating, dip toast in your egg yolk, add gravy to meats.
  • Chop food up: Chop meats up or put in a blender so less chewing is needed to ease pain from mouth sores
  • Eat cooked veggies and canned fruit
  • Eat chilled foods: popsicles, applesauce, pudding, sherbet
  • Avoid tart, acidic or salty foods: These foods can sting if there are any open sores
  • Avoid “rough” foods: dry toast, pretzels, granola can cause irritation in a sore mouth or throat
  • Avoid spices
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