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What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

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

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Can TMJ cause swelling under right side of tongue or is it a salivary gland infection?

Can TMJ cause swelling under right side of tongue or is it a salivary gland infection?

No.: Tmj problems will not cause a swelling under the tongue. A swelling under the tongue could be several things, from an infected sublingual salivary gland to a salivary gland stone or even a ranula. A ranula is a mucous cyst under the tongue connected with the sublingual salivary gland. Your dentist or physician should be able to help you figure it out. If it persists, you should seek treatment. ...Read more

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Which infections can cause swollen salivary glands? Can HIV cause this? How about helicobacter?

Which infections can cause swollen salivary glands? Can HIV cause this? How about helicobacter?

Mumps: Unless y o u are vaccinated against, mumps or viral parotitis is an infection that targets mostly the large salivary glands like the parotid gland. Neither HIV nor Helicobacter specifically infect salivary glands ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause feeling of something stuck in throat for 3 months? No other symp besides enlarged salivary gland or node. Cancer? Clear ct

Can sinus infection cause feeling of something stuck in throat for 3 months? No other symp besides enlarged salivary gland or node. Cancer? Clear ct

You need to see a : Specialist physician. Problem has gone on too long. Please see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for a complete history and physical. Bring your old records and any test results/images. I suspect they will inspect your throat with a special scope. Depending on prior workup, additional sinus or neck imaging may be useful. ...Read more

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I think i might have a salivary gland infection. How can I tell and what should I do?

Swelling: Usually, you will have some swelling of the infected gland, maybe a bad taste and pain in the area. Fevers are uncommon. Often the swelling of the gland will smaller and larger around mealtimes. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate pain and swelling from a salivary gland infection?

Medications: Have your doctor prescribe an antibiotic, pain medication that has anti-inflammatory properties and use lemon drops to promote salivary flow. ...Read more

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Whats a salivary gland infection?

Salivary gland : Any tissue in your body can become infected. You have 3 pairs of major salivary glands. One in front of your ear (parotid), one under your jaw (submandibular) and one under your tongue (sublingual). They can become infected, especially in diabetes or dehydration. ...Read more

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Is salivary glands infection contagious?

Is salivary glands infection contagious?

Salivary gland infns: These infections are not usually contageous. Most salivary gland infections are due to staphylococcus aureus or oral flora stuck behind a stone or a 'pinched off' salivary duct. Rarely, enteric flora can cause infection usually in persons in nursing homes. Viral infections rarely cause swollen salivary or parotid gland infections now days as most are immunized against mumps. ...Read more

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Home remedies for salivary gland infections?

Home remedies for salivary gland infections?

Try this: If it is very mild then a combination of hot moist soaks to the gland, vigorous hydration with water and sugar free lemon candy can be of benefit in hopefully stimulating salivary flow and alleviating whatever obstruction is causing problems with the gland. Anything more than just a mild irritation, though, should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you get a salivary gland infection ?

Dehydration.: Although viral parotitis may be related to bloodstream spread of mumps or other viruses, bacterial parotitis generally occurs in patients who get dehydrated with plugging of secretions in stenson's duct (where the saliva drains into the mouth) and bacterial infection, often staph, behind it. ...Read more

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What can be done for a salivary gland infection?

A number of things: We usually start antibiotics and suggest sour lemon candies to increase the flow rate of saliva. It is important todigureout the cause, as you can develop salivary stones and these need to be removed if present. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a salivary gland infection?

Swelling,pain.: Depends upon which salivary gland is infected,you would have swelling & pain.If Parotid glands are infected,you may have swelling at the very back of the cheeks(in front of ears),if sub-mandibular glands are infected,you may have swelling under lower jaw. The pain tends to increase at meal time,& you may have a foul taste in the mouth when the saliva is excreted.Consult an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a salivary gland infection?

What are common symptoms of a salivary gland infection?

Salivary gland : For the parotid glands in each cheek, their ducts lead to the cheek side of the upper second molars, and sometimes these ducts can become blocked, causing in some cases an infection, but this is rare. More often the blockage caused build up of fluid and swelling in one cheek with pain, often warm to the touch, and sometimes pinkish in color. If infected a fever may be present. See your dds soon! ...Read more

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What is the most frequent salivary gland infection in children?

What is the most frequent salivary gland infection in children?

Parotitis: The parotid gland (and to a lesser extent, the submandibular gland) can become infected, sometimes in association with a salivary stone. An entity of "recurrent parotitis of childhood" is a relatively common cause of repeated salivary infections in kids. Sometimes it isn't the gland itself, but a lymph node in the gland that is what is infected. ...Read more

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My glands are swollen under my tongue, if I have a salivary gland infection is it contagious?

My glands are swollen under my tongue, if I have a salivary gland infection is it contagious?

Not likely: A salivary gland infection is not very common and and it is also not very contagious. You may have blocked salivary gland which will make it swollen and painful. If it is not a salivary gland that is swollen but rather a lymph node, your mouth/oral/ respiratory infection is more contagious . ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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