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Drooling Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Drooling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had problems with drooling?
  2. Are you, or could you be pregnant?

    Why: Pregnancy causes increased saliva in some women.

  3. Have you been bitten in the last 3 months by a dog, cat, fox, , wolf or bat?

    Why: may suggest risk of rabies (note: Rabies has never been reported in Australia, New Zealand or Antarctica, but has been in all other continents).

  4. Have you recently had new dentures?

    Why: may cause excess salivation.

  5. Immunization status?

    Why: relevant if considering epiglottitis.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Bell's palsy may.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. may experience excess salivation if had a recent withdrawal of drugs that can cause dry mouth such as anticholinergics, antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants.

  8. Family history?

    Why: e.g. Wilson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy.

  9. Fever?

    Why: may suggest epiglottitis, rabies.

  10. Vomiting?

    Why: excess production of saliva is a normal response before the act of vomiting.

  11. Seizures?

    Why: Grand mal seizures involve the body first entering a rigid phase, the tongue may be bitten, there is frothing at the mouth and there may be incontinence of urine or feces. This is then followed by a convulsion in which the muscles jerk rhythmically and then the person is drowsy or in a coma for several hours.

  12. Symptoms of Wilson's disease?

    Why: usually a child or young adult that presents with tremor, chorea (non- repetitive abrupt involuntary jerky movements), difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, drooling, weakness of limbs, fits, mental deterioration.

  13. Symptoms of rabies?

    Why: e.g. headache, tiredness, abnormal behavior, fever, itching at the bite site and then drooling, fear of water and muscle spasms accompanied by profound terror.

  14. Symptoms of epiglottitis?

    Why: e.g. initial upper respiratory tract-like infections, then the child becomes feverish, lethargic and unwell and may complain of sore throat. Then develops difficulty in breathing with a stridor (harsh noise on inspiration) and a muffled voice and cry. Drooling of the saliva is common because the throat is too sore to allow swallowing. Epiglottitis is a medical emergency.

  15. Symptoms of Bell's palsy?

    Why: e.g. marked weakness on one side of the face, mouth sags, drooling from the affected side of mouth, loss of taste on front of tongue, eye may water, pain behind the ear.

  16. Symptoms of dementia?

    Why: e.g. impaired memory, impaired judgement and thinking, impaired verbal fluency and impaired ability to perform complex tasks. Personality may change, impulse control may be lost and personal care deteriorates. - may also have drooling of saliva.

  17. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

    Why: e.g. coarse hand tremor most marked at rest, rigidity of limbs, slowness in initiating and executing movements and speech, expressionless mask-like face and dementia - may also have drooling of saliva.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Drooling:

The following list of conditions have 'Drooling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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