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What do you do for an abscessed salivary gland?

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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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What causes an overactive salivary gland?

What causes an overactive salivary gland?

Hunger: I'm not sure what you mean. You'll salivate if you're hungry. If your salivary glands are swollen, they could be blocked with a stone or thick mucus. Dehydration can be part of the problem there, also infection, and sometimes autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel the salivary gland?

Is it possible to feel the salivary gland?

Not sure what you me: You definitely should be able to feel the major salivary glands, known as the parotid and submandibular glands. ...Read more

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Could you be able to feel your salivary gland?

Yes: Especially if you have irritated one bit biting it or rubbing it on something jagged like a broken tooth or braces. Very common on lower lip. Could also have sialolith which is a salivary gland "stone" that can clog a salivary duct. ...Read more

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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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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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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