Salivary glands make saliva, or spit. An infection in these glands can make the glands swell and hurt.
An infection can happen when bacteria gets into the gland. This is more common in people who have diabetes, poor tooth care, or stones in these glands. Bacteria can build up and cause an infection if you don't get enough fluids. It can also happen if the flow of saliva gets blocked by a small stone in the gland. A virus can also cause an infection.
Your care depends on the cause. If the problem is caused by bacteria, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
Home treatment may help. You can drink more fluids or suck on sugar-free lemon drops to increase the flow of saliva.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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