A 37-year-old member asked:
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can you decrease enlarged parotid glands?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Benign?: The most effective way to " reduce" the size of parotid glands that are not swollen and infected is surgical excision or parotidectomy. Older males with both parotid glands enlarged need a work up.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Wrong Diabetes: The most common cause for enlarged parotid glands is Insulin resistance. Remember the first stage of carb metabolism is "amylase" produced by the salivary glands. 25% of the population is severely Insulin resistant. To imply a surgical correction of hypertrophied parotids is ridculous. Parotid hypertophy is associated with metabolic syndrome., cure: diet and metformin.
Answered on Dec 26, 2018

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Difficult: Enlarged parotid glands are difficult to decrease in size. Drinking lots of water helps to prevent saliva backup and may help a little.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Water: Drinking water and sucking on hard candies sometimes helps, but frequently the enlargement with sjogren's is permanent.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Water: Drink a lot of water and suck on hard candies. This will thin the saliva and increase salivation which should allow the glands to decrease in size. So ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience 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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