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Doctor insights on: Acutely Inflamed Parotid Glands

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I am a smoker and my parotid glands on both sides seem inflamed. Could this be a result of smoking?

I am a smoker and my parotid glands on both sides seem inflamed. Could this be a result of smoking?

Can be: The effect of smoke and the multiple chemicals in smoke can cause inflammation of the opening of the parotid ducts. It can also cause changes in consistence of saliva. If the saliva becomes thickened it can cause a back up in the gland. Hot compresses and sour foods and drinks can stimulate the flow. If the condition lingers you may want to see a dentist for exam and treatment ...Read more

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Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more


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What are parotid glands?

What are parotid glands?

Salivary gland: The parotid glands are paired salivary glands. They are the biggest of the major salivary glands (others are submandibular glands and sublingual glands). The parotid gland is located below your ear, extends forward underneath the skin of your neck, and travels inferiorly to your neck. ...Read more

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Can you decrease enlarged parotid glands?

Can you decrease enlarged parotid glands?

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. ...Read more

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What can cause the parotid glands to become painful?

What can cause the parotid glands to become painful?

Stones...masses: Inflammatory processes inside the parotid gland can cause pain. This can be from a stone/sludge blocking the drainage system or from a lump in the gland from a tumor. Positive signs- reapidly developing swelling, pain, foul taste in the mouth when you press on the face. Bad signs- change in the movement of the face muscles, trouble swallowing. Get checked out by an ENT soon. ...Read more

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How can I make my permanently enlarged parotid glands go down without meds?

How can I make my permanently enlarged parotid glands go down without meds?

Difficult: Enlarged parotid glands are difficult to decrease in size. Drinking lots of water helps to prevent saliva backup and may help a little. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel your parotid glands and one side to be a bit bigger than the other?

Might be.: Sometimes this is the case. If there is anything suspicious or this seems to be progressive you should see your doc for an exam. ...Read more

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Whats causing swollen parotid glands?

Many causes: Irritstion from infection (mumps) obstruction from tumor or stones are some of the more common causes but there are many potential reasons. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen parotid glands?

What could cause swollen parotid glands?

Blockage: While my colleague is correct, the reasons given are rather more rare than the simplest explanation: blockage. Calcium deposits or firm stones of calcified elements can cause the parotid gland to swell. It happens when people even look at a pickle, an start the juices flowing. Sialography or a sialogram can tell where the blockage is and how best to treat it. Rule out significant disease first. ...Read more

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How many days accur parotid glands swelling?

Parotid swelling: Not really sure what your question is. It is not normal to have swelling of any kind in most instances, especially if it has lasted a while. It could be something as simple as a clogged duct, or a cold in the gland, or something more serious. I would see your physician asap. ...Read more

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What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

Hmmmm: Sjogren's, head/neck radiation, genetics, dehydration. Get some lemon drops to promote salivation. ...Read more

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