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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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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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Was wondering what illesses cause an overactive salivary gland?

Was wondering what illesses cause an overactive salivary gland?

Many things: Overactive salivary glands are usually nothing to worry about. Salavia is produced depending on your diet, spicy and acidic foods will increase production. So the first thing to do is change your diet. Some medications as well as some medical cinditions can cause an increase in salvia. Some conditions that can cause this are gerd, infections, , allergies, stroke, pregnancy, bell's palsy , more. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cause of overactive salivary glands?

Many choices: Could be anything from an intolerance to a medication or a new food to a new acrylic oral appliance. Check with an md if it does not resolve soon. ...Read more

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Was wondering what illesses/diseases cause overactive salivary glands?

Varies: Common causes of excessive salivation include; allergies, infection in the mouth or throat, irritation in the mouth and gastroesophageal reflux. Some known medical side effects are, aricept, Compazine and demster. ...Read more

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What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

Anything else shrunk: At your age it could be many things. To diagnose, more symptoms are needed. Medication, especially multiple meds is a problem for decreased salivary flow. How do you know they are shrunken, \? A thorough diagnosis by a dentist or oral surgeon is a start to see if they are truly shrunk! ...Read more

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What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

Stone or infection: You could have a salivary stone or you might have an infection. Please see a dentist or doctor to determine the cause and to see if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Mumps? other?: See your physician to first see if it's really your salivary glands that are swollen and secondly, what's causing the swelling. It would be very unlikely to have bilateral swelling of your salivary glands. One thing that can cause this is having the mumps. If your physician cannot determine the cause, he\she may refer you to an oral surgeon for a consultation. ...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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