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What are salivary gland disorders?

What are salivary gland disorders?

Salivary disorders: You have 6 major and hundreds of minor salivary glands. They make saliva (spit), which is important for oral hygiene and digestion. Your 6 main glands are the paired parotid (in cheeks), submandibular (under the jaw) and lingual (in the floor of the mouth). A "disorder" would encompass many problems like infection, blockage (salivary stones), inflammation, tumors, etc. ...Read more

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What causes salivary gland disorders?

What causes salivary gland disorders?

Usually...: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. Dehydration is a common cause. 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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What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

Not many: Generally a good history from the patient and physical exam will get an appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes lab work is helpful if a systemic problem is suspected (sjogren's syndrome), and ultrasound or ct or other x-rays can help if salivary stones or tumors are a concern. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Salivary gland disorders?

Definition: Salivary gland disorders means ANY problem of the saliva glands: major or minor salivary glands. Anything - infection, tumors, stones, etc.
See an ENT doc or oral surgeon for assessment/recommendations ...Read more

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What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

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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What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

It depends: 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

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Should I be worried if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Should I be worried if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Depends: You have major salivary glands as well as minor saliary glands that produce saliva. There are a number of salivary gland disorders. Whether or not you should be deeply concerned or not will depend upon your symptoms, the glands involved and the diagnosis provided for you by your doctor. ...Read more

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Will the doctor be able to tell if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Yes: Salivary gland disorders are a broad group of disorders.

You need to be more specific... Ie: drooling, dry mouth, swelling of the salivary gland, pain, abnormal taste sensation, etc.

More specific questions will lead to more appropriate answers... ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a salivary gland disease?

Several ways.: Xrays, Mri, ct scan, needle aspiration, die injection many many ways. Good luck ...Read more

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How can I treat lower salivary gland pain?

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

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What does it taste like after a salivary gland unblocks?

Usually bad: When there is an obstruction of the salivary gland, there usually is an infection that follows. So when the stone or obstruction is removed, you will have puss expressed from the duct. It doesn't taste good from what patients tell me. ...Read more

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Why is my left salivary gland swollen?

Possibilities..: It could be blocked, inflamed, or there could be a tumor. I would suggest seeing an oral surgeon or ENT physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you do for an abscessed salivary gland?

Antibiotics: Generally, oral or IV antibiotics will work fine for it. However, if not improving, may need surgical drainage, particularly if you have a stone in the gland or duct. ...Read more

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How can one treat a tumor in the salivary gland?

How can one treat a tumor in the salivary gland?

Salivary gland: A fine needle aspiration could be performed on the salivary gland to determine the cause of the lump. Also, the result of the fna could help the surgeon plan treatment and/or potential surgery. ...Read more

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Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Mumps? Other?: See your physician to first see if it's really your salivary glands that are swollen and secondly, what's causing the swelling. It would be very unlikely to have bilateral swelling of your salivary glands. One thing that can cause this is having the mumps. If your physician cannot determine the cause, he\she may refer you to an oral surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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When salivary gland is swelling any other symptoms will come....

When salivary gland is swelling any other symptoms will come....

Seek an eval: Swollen salivary glands can be on the floor of the mouth, cheeks or palate. This can be indicative of an infection, blockage or a dysplasia of some degree. It is necessary to seek a dental eval asap. If it is an infection borne issue, you may note a fever, swollen glands and a possible increase or decrease in saliva. Most likely a benign treatable issue. Please seek care immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do to unblock my salivary gland (below my right chin)?

Heat/massage: Gentle massage or milking of the gland, as well the application of warm compresses. I also recommend the use of sialogogues. Those are substances that increase the production of saliva, like sour candies or lemon juice. ...Read more

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Can you explain how do we decrease swelling of the salivary gland?

Depends: It is not normal to have swollen salivary glands. Some could be serious, so it is best to find out why you are having this issue before how to deal with it. Remember, diagnosis first before you find the right treatment. Even with a benign salivary stone, the gland can get infected secondarily. So visit a dentist and find the cause first. ...Read more

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Salivary gland stones have to be removed? What are the less invisive techinichs for removal?

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

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I think I have a swollen salivary gland that is recurring periodically over many years. What to do?

I think I have a swollen salivary gland that is recurring periodically over many years. What to do?

Many years problem: You must see a dentist, oral surgeon or otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat doctor) who will see what your problem exactly is and then determine the appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more

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How does someone get cancer of salivary gland?

How does someone get cancer of salivary gland?

Rare cancer: Although there is no single predominant risk factor for salivary gland tumors, potential ones include radiation exposure, cigarette smoking (whartin tumor only), certain viral infections, and some environmental and industrial hazards. Salivary gland tumors are relatively rare, accounting for less than 10% of head/neck tumors. ...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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How does salivary gland infection originate, what are the symptoms and how is it treated?

Check this out: This is too long of a question to answer here. Go to the mayo clinic website. They have an excellent page on salivary gland infections. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Amber Patel
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Salivary Gland Disorders (Definition)

Salivary gland disorders means ANY problem of the saliva glands: major or minor salivary glands. Anything - infection, tumors, stones, etc. See an ENT doc or ...Read more