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

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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


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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: A common cause is dehydration leading to low saliva production. This lack of outflow leads to bacterial inflow from the mouth that can infect the salivary gland. Partial blockage of a salivary duct by a stone or mucous plug can do the same thing. ...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

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