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Treatments For Swollen Or Sore Salivary Glands
My husband's gp diagnosed a swollen salivary gland and is sending him to see an ent. What kinds of tests and treatment can we expect?
Gland: Salivary glands typically swell from a blocked duct. The blockage can be a mucus plug which generally passes or a hard calcified plug which an oral surgeon can remove. It is common and I would suggest the oral surgeon first as this is an oral issue more than an ear nose or throat issue. Simple for the OS to diagnose. ...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
What do you suggest if my husband's gp diagnosed a swollen salivary gland and is sending him to see an ENT. what can we expect in the way of tests and treatment?
Not likley: The two two are likely unrelated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could be: One of he symptoms with celiac disease is "dry mouth" due to the changes that occur in the composition of the saliva in the gland(see http://www.Medicinaoral.Org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/medoralv13i9p559-doenca-celiaca.Pdf) this could lead to mucus plugs which could cause the glands to swell. Remember celiac is a disease of the digestive system and any part of that system could be affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Celiac disease: This is an understudied area. Celiac disease has an autoimmune background and increased risk of oral mucosal and dental abnormalities. One study showed that celiacs have a higher chance of developing canker sores. This can cause swollen salivary glands. One other study showed lower chances of salivary cariogenic microflora in celiacs. So this is controversial. Don't forget to rule out sjogren's. ...Read more
Inflammation: The salivary glands can be swollen due to inflammation. Have you ruled out bacterial or viral infections? Also dryness tends to cause inflammation. Several products are available to keep your mouth moist. The easiest way to improve dryness is drinking water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was told that a swollen/blocked salivary gland or mucocoele could last forever. Was told from a oral surgeon. Is that actually possible.
Small swollen spot on inside of lower jaw...no pain. One identical, but not swollen on opposite jaw. Is this a cause for concern? Salivary Gland?
Tori: Is it hard? If so it is probably a torus. No concern unless it gets too big. If soft, get it checked. ...Read more
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