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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

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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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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Been diagnosed with a salivary gland infection. What specialist should I see?

ENT or oral surgeon: Either specialist should have experience treating this problem. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Could vomiting cause salivary glands infection?

Could vomiting cause salivary glands infection?

Not likely: Continuous vomiting and binging (e.g. Bulimia) can result in enlarged salivary glands, but not infection. ...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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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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I have submandibulaar salivary gland infection. My doctor recommends surgery. What are the risks of not having surgery?

I have submandibulaar salivary gland infection. My doctor recommends surgery. What are the risks of not having surgery?

Depends: Depends on reason for the infection. You may have a "stone" in the duct. If this is the case, then you will continue to have problems coming and going. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What's 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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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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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?

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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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 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

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I have a salivary gland infection, my brother has one last week. Have I caught it off of him?

I have a salivary gland infection, my brother has one last week. Have I caught it off of him?

Possible: Possible if infective disorder like Mumps. See ENT doc for diagnosis/recommendations. ...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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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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Been diagnosed with a salivary gland infection. What specialist should I see?

ENT or oral surgeon: Either specialist should have experience treating this problem. ...Read more

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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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I have submandibulaar salivary gland infection. My doctor recommends surgery. What are the risks of not having surgery?

Depends: Depends on reason for the infection. You may have a "stone" in the duct. If this is the case, then you will continue to have problems coming and going. ...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

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Pain in left side neck. Dr said its salivary gland infection. Is this common and how can u tell it's just an infection and not a tumor or cancer.

Pain in left side neck. Dr said its salivary gland infection. Is this common and how can u tell it's just an infection and not a tumor or cancer.

Pain: Hi, Salivary gland swelling due to infection is painful, usually due to blockage by stone resulting in infn (Staph).Dry mouth due to decrease saliva also cause. Pain worse w.eating. Tumor is more firm & movable, (unless malignant which will get fixed).S.gld. Infn. Not uncommon. Rx antibiotics. If stone:may pass on own, or massage or fine manipulation by dr. W.fine instrumt. Stmes biopsy needed. Tumor:unlikely ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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