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Salivary gland infection

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bobak Ghaheri
22 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Salivary gland : Any tissue in your body can become infected. You have 3 pairs of major salivary glands. One in front of your ear (parotid), one under your jaw (subman ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Try this: If it is very mild then a combination of hot moist soaks to the gland, vigorous hydration with water and sugar free lemon candy can be of benefit in h ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Dehydration.: Although viral parotitis may be related to bloodstream spread of mumps or other viruses, bacterial parotitis generally occurs in patients who get dehy ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Lieblick
20 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Antibiotics plus: The first thing is to make sure it's just an infection and not a cyst or tumor. Infection can typically be treated with antibiotics initially. I usual ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Salivary gland infns: These infections are not usually contageous. Most salivary gland infections are due to staphylococcus aureus or oral flora stuck behind a stone or a ' ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Swelling: Usually, you will have some swelling of the infected gland, maybe a bad taste and pain in the area. Fevers are uncommon. Often the swelling of the g ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
42 years experience in Dentistry
Sialolith: a clogged salivary duct, called a sialolith,can get infected and is treated by an oral surgeon. He will open up the clogged duct
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Check this out: This is too long of a question to answer here. Go to the mayo clinic website. They have an excellent page on salivary gland infections.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience in Dentistry
Depends where is it: You have two separate sets of salivary glands , either up in the inside of your cheek on both sides opposite to your first upper molar , or right unde ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hulbert
21 years experience in Dentistry
Salivary gland : For the parotid glands in each cheek, their ducts lead to the cheek side of the upper second molars, and sometimes these ducts can become blocked, cau ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience in Dentistry
Irritation: Would be more likely than infection from a brief encounter with highly acidic stomach contents.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenny Chuu
11 years experience in Internal Medicine
Salivary glands: It is rare for this to happen, but if the obstruction is severe enough, it is possible for the salivary gland to rupture.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Many causes: Irritstion from infection (mumps) obstruction from tumor or stones are some of the more common causes but there are many potential reasons.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Possible: Auto immune etiology is the reason for thyroid disease in Hashimoto's .The same pathology -autoimmune if directed against the salivary glands Vs lymph ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Hospitalization: This is often treated with incision and drainage with accompanying intravenous antibiotics.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
ENT or oral surgeon: Either specialist should have experience treating this problem.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience in Dentistry
Many possibilities: See an oral surgeon or ENT physician for a diagnosis. Among other things it could be a blocked salivary gland or a tumor.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Potentially: If there is a bacterial infection - it could spread to other tissue.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Usually...: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. Dehydration is a common cause. This ca ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Parotid swelling?: When both parotid glands swell, it could be because of infection, cysts or benign, or rarely, malignant. . See an ear nose and throat physician for ev ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience in Dentistry
There are many: Possibilities. Certain medications can increase flow of saliva, but the list is short. Gi reflux is linked along with new (or even poor fitting) den ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklin Allen
12 years experience in Dentistry
Quick list: Reduced salivary flow can happen for a lot of reasons. This list is probably not comprehensive but: age, medications, radiation, auto immune diseases. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Ritota
8 years experience in Dentistry
Sialolith: A salivary gland stone, iike a kidney stone seek treatment.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
See an ENT Doctor: Your doctor can find out what is the cause of your problems. A stone can form and block a salivery gland. Cancer is unlikely but sometimes benign tumo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Anastassov
33 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Many things: Viral infection, bacterial infection, tumors from which pleomorphic adenoma would be the first.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: They are not at borderline. Treat it asap. Skin infection some tims can go to kidney like throat inf to rhematic fever.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. This can be initially treated with hot c ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on reason for the infection. You may have a "stone" in the duct. If this is the case, then you will continue to have problems coming and goi ... Read More

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