This is my second post of the day, but it's not related to my first, so it seemed better to post separately. I've recently heard of steroids used as a mouthwash for oral pain. I've suffered with oral pain since 2017, even before I was diagnosed with lupus. I was referred to the dental hospital where I was diagnosed numerous times with heavy growth of candida (oral thrush) for which they prescribed fluconazole, which didn't really help a great deal. I get ulcers - they come and go. I also suffer with chronic painful tongue and dry mouth. I've been prescribed every single treatment you can possibly imagine for my ongoing mouth issues / pain, to no avail. I can live with the mouth pain - I've got used to it, but what I haven't got used to is the effect on my sleep. Because of the pain and discomfort I drink a lot of water during the night. (I don't have diabetes - I've been tested and have urinalysis sticks, which I occasionally use). The cold water is pleasant and alleviates the discomfort temporarily, but because I drink so much water, I have to visit the loo numerous times every night, to the great excitement of my cats, who always think I have got up to play with them when I suddenly appear 😀 I am wondering why no-one has ever prescribed prednisolone gargle for me and wonder if it might help. I have an appt with my rheummatologist in 2 weeks, so i'll ask then. In the meantime, has anyone used steroid gargle for symptoms like mine?