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Alternative Treatments For Salivary Gland Stones
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 compresses, good hydration (lots of water) and sour foods/liquids taken 5-10x/day (vinegar, lemon juice, sour candies, etc). Ask your doctor for details about what he/she thinks the problem is. Best wishes. ...Read more
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Spit gland infection: Any obstruction from stone to adhesions/scar to tumor to trauma. Also, positive oral air pressure can blow bacteria from the mouth into the system. And very commonly dehydration or poor salivary flow from medications, radiation exposure, auto-immune diseases, and diet/life style. ...Read more
Salivary gland disorders range from viral and bacterial infections, benign and malignant tumors, obstruction, and autoimmune related inflammation.
Treatments depend on the cause of the disorder and side effects depend on the medical or surgical management needed to improve or resolve the condition. ...Read more
How long until the swelling goes down after removing a salivary gland stone? And also a thin white film over the gland?
I have a submandblr salivary gland stone — 5.5 mm. Can the stone of this size be removed? How long can I escape surgery as size is unchanged for 3 yrs
Sialolith removal: Sialoliths or are removed by surgery traditionally. Sometimes you can take medications to increase saliva flow, drink a lot of water to & massage the area manually to push it through. A newer procedure called sialendoscopy uses tiny microscopes to find and remove the stones. Find a parotid and salivary gland surgeon in your area who can do this procedure and has done it before. ...Read more
Salivary stones: Salivary duct stones can reoccur. We don't know the cause of salivary stones but dehydration may be a factor, so make sure you are well had rated and have a healthy diet. An oral surgeon would be the best person to see if you think you are having many salivary stones because this can lead to long term problems such as scarring. ...Read more
I'm having symptoms of blocked salivary gland/ salivary stone, what can I do while waiting to see my doc?
Depends: It depends upon what the issue is. Treatment may range from no treatment to removal. Without more information it is difficult to say. ...Read more
Yes: Sour foods help saliva production. The hope is that, with the extra saliva production, your gland will expel the stone. ...Read more
Surgical removal: The stone can usually be removed surgically without removing the gland itself, but not in 100% of the cases. ...Read more
Can salivary stones be present without salivary gland swelling? One inner cheek swollen but dentist said salivary gland not swollen. What to do next?
Sialoadenitis: Yes no problem to take this for that type of infection. ...Read more
Who is the best head and neck surgeon(s) or hospital in america for salivary gland stone removal?
Depends: Start out by seeking out a surgeon who is skilled in endoscopic salivary gland stone removal. This is manner of stone treatment is getting more and more popular. Which hospital the surgeon works out of is not as important as the procedures are usually outpatient and can even be done in the office. ...Read more
Would an internist who has an office ultrasound machine be knowing enough to easily identify a salivary gland stone?
Salivary stone: See an oral surgeon... A head and neck expert. ...Read more
My husband's gp diagnosed a swollen salivary gland and is sending him to see an ent. What kinds of tests and treatment can we expect?
Gland: Salivary glands typically swell from a blocked duct. The blockage can be a mucus plug which generally passes or a hard calcified plug which an oral surgeon can remove. It is common and I would suggest the oral surgeon first as this is an oral issue more than an ear nose or throat issue. Simple for the OS to diagnose. ...Read more
I suffer from salivary gland stone. Infection started more than 7 days without relief even though I'm treated with augmentin for a week. Is it normal?
May need to see...: May need to see oral surgeon or ENT to have the stone physically removed. They can be difficult to pass. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my husband's gp diagnosed a swollen salivary gland and is sending him to see an ENT. What can we expect in the way of tests and treatment?
Don't worry: It might be something as simple as a course of antibiotics and a wait and see approach. Could include blood tests and a biopsy. ...Read more
Any tips for post radioactive iodine treatment like using baking soda to brush teeth or sucking on hard candies to decrease salivary gland swelling.?
First 24 hours: Iodine is excreted through kidneys, saliva, and sweat. After radioactive dose drinking as much fluid as possible to excrete excess radioactivity through kidney. 1.5 hours after rx sour candies or gum to get rid of excess secretions through saliva. Solid meal not until 6 hours after dosing. Most excess radioactive iodine excreted in first 24 hours. Rest accumulated in thyroid gland. ...Read more
Sialolithiasis and pregnancy? I have been getting these whitish bumps at the back of my right check. I did some searching online and it seems like they might be salivary gland stones. I've put them in an airtight plastic bottle to see if anything grows
Visit your dentist: I would let your dentist see them. The dentist can best assist in getting final answers for you. ...Read more
Yes: Check for other possible stones in your body. ...Read more
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Diagnosis first: Unless you are a dentist, you can't be sure that the pain you are experiencing is in fact coming from your salivary gland. It might well be a lymph node or something else such as an infection. Please see your dentist or even better yet an oral surgeon for a proper diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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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