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Painful Parotid Glands After Drinking Alcohol
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
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
I am 59 yo woman experiencing day 3 of bilateral painful, swollen parotid glands affecting all 3 major glands. I have a low grade temp. Suggestions?
Salivary flow scan suggests moderate left&right parotid glands, moderate right submandibular&severe left submandibular. Is it concerning in sjogren's?
Sjögren's syndrome: Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease most common to diagnose among females over 40's but can affects others as well. Was your biopsy taken from lip as a part of sjögren's diagnosis? It seems that you had related tests already run, so interpretation of the gathered data of exams will be presented to you. It is best to discuss this with your own doctor rather than generic online advice. ...Read more
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
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
Depends on the cause: The parotid gland can become swollen for a number of reasons. A proper diagnosis will help you determine how long the swelling might last. Common conditions include a blocked salivary duct or a bacterial infection (parotitis). Swelling may be constant or come and go with salivary stimulation (during meals), and may or may not be associated with pain. I suggest seeing a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Sailvary Stones: Are the most likely answer but there are other lesions (both benign and malignant) which can have radiopaque aspects of the lesion. (chronic sclerosing sialadenitis (küttner’s tumour) of the parotid gland for example). ...Read more
Water: Drinking water and sucking on hard candies sometimes helps, but frequently the enlargement with sjogren's is permanent. ...Read more
Treat the cause: The parotid gland is one of the major salivary glands and swelling of the glands can be from a number of causes. You need to have a thorough evaluation to determine what is causing the swelling before you can treat it. ...Read more
Not likely: The parotid gland can become swollen for a few reasons, infection, blockage, or benign growth. If you have hiv, your immune system is likely not as strong as it could be to fight the infection. Regardless, a parotid gland infection usually needs medication to resolve. If the swelling is due to other than infection, than a different treatment would be needed (other than medication). Good luck. ...Read more
What does it mean if I have slightly elevated relative lymphocyte count and abnormal parotid glands?
Possible parotitis: Elevated lymphocyte count indicates chroinc infection in the body. Since you indicated abnormal parotid glands can indicate infection or inflammation of parotid glands. Possibility of mumps should be ruled out. Consult an Oral surgeon or an ENT doctor for a complete & thorough exam. To come to a conclusive diagnosis, which can lead to appropriate treatment. ...Read more
What does multiple infiltratine non-enhancing lesions of both parotid glands nd floor of mouth means?
See your doc soon:
Did you have a ct scan or sialogram x-ray of face/neck area? Non-enhancing generally means the contrast dye or some metabolically active substance injected at time of test did not enter the involved area. Infiltrate usually refers to abnormal soft tissue inside an organ or gland. Below is a very good site below for parotid disease and issues
http://www. Parotidmd. Com. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between facial swelling caused by TMJ and swelling caused by problems with salivary (parotid) glands?
Facial swelling: Tmj facial swelling is quite rare even with advanced TMJ disease. The joint is deep and beneath the skull base encased in a very dense capsule making expansion onto the face unlikely. The glands and parotid in particular are quite a bit less "encased" and any inflammatory or other cause of swelling is usually more visible. Often overlooked other causes (ie wisdom teeh) require an exam. ...Read more
Possible, but rare: Skin infections of the earlobe rarely spread to the parotid, but may spread to the skin above the parotid. ...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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