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What is the treatment for parotid blockage?

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Dr. John McClay
Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Make them work/moist: Your parotid glands make saliva. If you can make the work (produce saliva) tou might be able to unclog them, so suck on hard candy, preferably sugar free, to get them going. Also if throat dries out, it can block ducts, so drink alot of water. If that does not work, see ENT for possible sludge in ducts or blockage of duct with a stone. There are new endoscopic ways of treating those problems.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Several: Parotid glands produce saliva, and are located bilaterally in front the ear. They send salivary fluid along stenson's duct to the high cheek areas in the inside of mouth. Blockage can be just forming or a hard stone (sialolith) try to milk the saliva out by firmly pressing and rolling along to duct orafice in mouth. Surgery can be done if far from gland itself. If it is near, possible nerve damage.
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Parotid gland: Drink lots of fluids...Water. Massage from the ear towards the corner of the mouth and suck on lemon drops. Otherwise see your ENT doctor.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Medical or surgical: Stay hydrated = #1. Can use sialogogues (sour foods) to stimulate saliva, massage of gland, warm compresses and sometime antibiotics. A minimally invasive procedure "sialendoscopy" can be performed to let the surgeon see inside the duct and rinse out salivary "sludge" and endoscopically retrieve small stones if present. Rarely you would have to have the gland removed.

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