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Wife on antibiotics for sinus infection, 3 days. Swollen/painful parotid gland, some ear pain. Could this be related to the sinus infection?

Wife on antibiotics for sinus infection, 3 days. Swollen/painful parotid gland, some ear pain. Could this be related to the sinus infection?

No, but: No, but sinus infections are often misdiagnosed. The only way to tell for sure if it's a sinus infection is with an xray. Did she have one? Best solution is to make sure she has seen an ENT doc for diagnosis/treatment. ...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


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What causes the parotid glands to become swollen and painful?

What causes the parotid glands to become swollen and painful?

Many things: Cysts, tumors, occluded ducts, salivary duct stones, and mumps virus( bilateral swelling) are most common. ...Read more

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Have painful, very swollen parotid gland, wcc and virus studies normal.Ultrasound revealed whole gland swelling, no stones.Causes?

Have painful, very swollen parotid gland, wcc and virus studies normal.Ultrasound revealed whole gland swelling, no stones.Causes?

Not enuf info: Need to know how long this has been going on, whether WBC is normal or not, whether biopsy has been suggested, etc. Sounds as if you have been going through a progressive detailed evaluation and suggest you continue with this knowledgeable physician. ...Read more

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Whats causing swollen parotid glands?

Whats causing swollen parotid glands?

Many causes: Irritstion from infection (mumps) obstruction from tumor or stones are some of the more common causes but there are many potential reasons. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen parotid glands?

Blockage: While my colleague is correct, the reasons given are rather more rare than the simplest explanation: blockage. Calcium deposits or firm stones of calcified elements can cause the parotid gland to swell. It happens when people even look at a pickle, an start the juices flowing. Sialography or a sialogram can tell where the blockage is and how best to treat it. Rule out significant disease first. ...Read more

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How can someone with sjrogren's syndrome decrease swollen parotid glands?

How can someone with sjrogren's syndrome decrease swollen parotid glands?

Water: Drinking water and sucking on hard candies sometimes helps, but frequently the enlargement with sjogren's is permanent. ...Read more

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Please tell me can digestive disorders cause swollen parotid glands?

Please tell me can digestive disorders cause swollen parotid glands?

No : They could be the comorbid conditions., but the salivary glands may become inflamed and swollen because of infection, tumors, or stones. If concern see your PCP for more information. ...Read more

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Where do I get digestive disorder and swollen parotid glands taken care of?

Gastroentrerologist: Start with a gastroenterologist. They may also make another referral because the digestive disorder may not be related to the parotid glands. ...Read more

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How to get rid of swollen parotid glands?

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

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What causes enlarged/swollen saliva/parotid glands?

Many possibilities: See an oral surgeon or ENT physician for a diagnosis. Among other things it could be a blocked salivary gland or a tumor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of swollen parotid glands after dehydration?

How do I get rid of swollen parotid glands after dehydration?

Water: Drink a lot of water and suck on hard candies. This will thin the saliva and increase salivation which should allow the glands to return to normal size. ...Read more

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Dangers with swollen submandibular glands and or swollen parotid glands? The ones I have swollen I can feel under the jaw and it hurts ears at times.

Chronic infection: Chronic infection of salivary glands may be like any infection and spread infection throughout your system. Try massage, reduce swelling with enzymes such as papain/bromelain such as Clear.ease. ...Read more

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I have excrutiating pain in my jaw in front of my ear and have swollen glands behind my ear and neck. The pain seems worse after eating. Could this be a parotid salivary gland blockage or cyst? I don't have a fever or any other symptoms and haven't had a

I have excrutiating pain in my jaw in front of my ear and have swollen glands behind my ear and neck. The pain seems worse after eating. Could this be a parotid salivary gland blockage or cyst? I don't have a fever or any other symptoms and haven't had a

Sialadenitis: The history is indeed suspicious for parotid infection (parotitis) and/or stone in the parotid duct, but it is not clear exactly what is going on. Other possibilities include neck abscess or lymphadenitis. All of these are pretty high acuity problems that warrant prescription medication treatment. I would consider ENT evaluation, or see your primary. If it's bad, er evaluation is appropriate. ...Read more

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What can cause the parotid glands to become painful?

Stones...masses: 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

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How many days accur parotid glands swelling?

Parotid swelling: Not really sure what your question is. It is not normal to have swelling of any kind in most instances, especially if it has lasted a while. It could be something as simple as a clogged duct, or a cold in the gland, or something more serious. I would see your physician asap. ...Read more

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What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

What can cause a bilateral cyst in parotid glands?

Hmmmm: Sjogren's, head/neck radiation, genetics, dehydration. Get some lemon drops to promote salivation. ...Read more

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What can cause radiopaque lesions on your parotid glands?

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

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How can I make enlarged parotid glands go down without meds. I have sjrogrens?

How can I make enlarged parotid glands go down without meds. I have sjrogrens?

Water: Drink a lot of water and suck on hard candies. This will thin the saliva and increase salivation which should allow the glands to decrease in size. Sometimes in sjogren's the enlargement is permanent. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and my parotid glands on both sides seem inflamed. Could this be a result of smoking?

Can be: The effect of smoke and the multiple chemicals in smoke can cause inflammation of the opening of the parotid ducts. It can also cause changes in consistence of saliva. If the saliva becomes thickened it can cause a back up in the gland. Hot compresses and sour foods and drinks can stimulate the flow. If the condition lingers you may want to see a dentist for exam and treatment ...Read more

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