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Can baking soda help ease some chemotherapy side effects?

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Mouth and throat changes are common chemo side effects. If this happens to you, rinse your mouth three times daily with a mixture of 1 cup warm water, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, followed by a rinse with plain water.

SOURCES:

Science Buddies: “Acids, Bases, & the pH Scale.”

PubMed Health: “Sodium Bicarbonate (Oral route, Intravenous route, Subcutaneous route).”

Sara Haas, dietitian, chef, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mayo Clinic: “Insect Bites and Stings: First aid.”

TeensHealth: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Plants.”

Putt, M.S. The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, 2008.

Mitchmarderdds.com: “5 Natural Ways to Neutralize Bad Breath.”

Oconto County, University of Wisconsin-Extension: “Baking Soda - The Everyday Miracle.”

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification: “Using a Natural Odor Eliminator for a Green Alternative.”

Schwalfenberg, G. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, published online Oct. 12, 2011.

National Cancer Institute: “Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects; Mouth and Throat Changes.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Science Buddies: “Acids, Bases, & the pH Scale.”

PubMed Health: “Sodium Bicarbonate (Oral route, Intravenous route, Subcutaneous route).”

Sara Haas, dietitian, chef, spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mayo Clinic: “Insect Bites and Stings: First aid.”

TeensHealth: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Plants.”

Putt, M.S. The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, 2008.

Mitchmarderdds.com: “5 Natural Ways to Neutralize Bad Breath.”

Oconto County, University of Wisconsin-Extension: “Baking Soda - The Everyday Miracle.”

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification: “Using a Natural Odor Eliminator for a Green Alternative.”

Schwalfenberg, G. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, published online Oct. 12, 2011.

National Cancer Institute: “Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects; Mouth and Throat Changes.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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