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A 37-year-old male asked:

can dry mouth cause swelling of parotid gland ? i changed blood pressure meds that helped ent has me taking mucinex (guaifenesin) and nasal saline 3 times a day

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Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Needs evaluation!!: Ask your MD about 'Sjogren's Syndrome'... especially if you have any existing auto-immune problems. Stay Well !-)

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