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How can I treat parotitis?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Depends on cause

Viral parotitis like that due to the mumps virus has no treatment but bacterial parotitis, often due to staphylococci, is usually found in patients who are dehydrated causing blocks in the parotid duct.
Therapy is an appropriate antimicrobial plus good hydration and a sialogogue, a stimulant of salivation like lemon drops. An abscess can form needing drainage.

In brief: Depends on cause

Viral parotitis like that due to the mumps virus has no treatment but bacterial parotitis, often due to staphylococci, is usually found in patients who are dehydrated causing blocks in the parotid duct.
Therapy is an appropriate antimicrobial plus good hydration and a sialogogue, a stimulant of salivation like lemon drops. An abscess can form needing drainage.
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