Odynophagia is pain that occurs during the ingestion of food, liquids or even saliva. It can become very intense if accompanied by sores or ulcers (mucositis). It usually appears during radiotherapy treatment but can also appear more occasionally during chemotherapy or other associated treatments. The dietary-culinary recommendations are very similar to the recommendations for mucositis, as these are two symptoms that frequently coexist. In general, it will be necessary to pay attention to and modify the texture of food in order to maintain a healthy intake.
To avoid irritation and discomfort, use non-irritating toothpaste and soft toothbrushes and dental floss.
Rinse your mouth throughout the day with chamomile, thyme, or bicarbonate infusions.
Choose small-volume meals and foods with high nutritional value. Try to maintain intake and remember the importance of ensuring a complete and adequate diet.
Drink around two litres of water, herbal teas, non-acidic fruit juices, broths, jellies, ice lollies… If it is painful, take small sips throughout the day and use a straw to direct the liquids to the less painful areas.