Salivary Gland Infection

Salivary gland infection occurs when the salivary gland gets infected with bacteria or viruses, leading to decreased salivary production. The causative agents are staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus pyogenes, mumps, herpes, and influenza virus. The other health issues causing the infection are sarcoidosis, dehydration, and Sjogren syndrome. The symptoms are dry mouth, inability to open mouth, and pain in the mouth and face. The treatment usually depends on the cause.

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Should I be concerned about the 3x4 mm movable lump on the parotid gland near my right ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 3 x 4 mm movable lump or lesion on the parotid gland next to my right ear. I have attached a photo of the ultrasound. Should I be concerned about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A 3 x 4 mm lump in the parotid area is likely a tiny lymph node. Lymph node nes are numerous in the neck area, and the commonest cause for lymph nodes to get enlarged is an infection in the head and neck region, like a cold. The lump in the image (attachment removed ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for a plum-sized abscess on the right side of my face?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an abscess on the right side of my face that has swollen up as big as a plum. The reason for the abscess, I guess, is because I have two missing teeth on the side of my mouth. But since there are no teeth there, I want to know what can be done about this abscess? How do I get r...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The abscess is not because of the missing teeth. It can be either because of an infection of the root stem or a cystic swelling related to the salivary gland. If it is only some days old, it can be an infectious swelling and be treated with antibiotics like Augmentin ...  Read Full »

Is sialadenitis contagious?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother was diagnosed with sialadenitis by my doctor without testing. Her cheek is swollen without much discomfort. She has a slight sore throat. Is it safe to have my four-month-old baby around her?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is swelling in the cheeks, then there is a high possibility for your mother to have viral parotitis. Swelling in the ipsilateral parotid gland occurs. It is considered as viral cause as it presents with dull aching pain without any other major symptoms unlike a...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms due to infection of the salivary gland?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I have an infection of the salivary gland or sialadenitis. I noticed it initially three years back. Then I consulted a doctor and took some medicines. After few months, it reoccured again. I visited a dentist and he gave me some medicines. I took Clindamycin 300 mg and Met...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly upload an image showing the area of pus discharge. Stop searching online. You do not have a salivary gland infection. You have been taking medication for a long time and still, you are not getting proper treatment. Frequent pus formation can lead to bone loss or ...  Read Full »

How to treat a palpable swelling under the right side of the jaw?

Query: Hi doctor, Before ten days, I was taking some soup. When some of the soup went under my tongue, I got some sudden sour taste on my right side of my mouth and jaw. It got subsided in intensity and I examined my mouth inside for tender areas or asymmetries under my tongue. After that, I noticed a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think that you are suffering from an infected gland or sialolith or a traumatized duct. In all these three cases, you can follow this advice. Hydration is the keyway. Keep drinking five to six liters of boiled warm water every day. You can do salt water gargling eight...  Read Full »

Why do I feel soreness at the root of my tongue after every meal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old, and currently, I have a medical issue. Every time after a meal, I feel this sort of soreness in the root of my tongue. It feels like the root is pushing the tongue up. The same happens when I drink coffee and coca-cola. I was wondering if I could get some help diagn...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is soreness in the mouth after meals. It can be due to salivary gland disorders like Sialedentis (infection of sublingual glands) or sialolithiasis (stone in glands). Take plenty of fluids. If it is stone, then suck a lemon. For infection, take antibiotics. ...  Read Full »

How to manage an ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old with a weight of 62 kg and a height of 5.4 feet. I had a history of thyroid goiter. I also have a middle ear infection. My ear is swollen, and have difficulty in chewing with mild fever. Whenever I use buds in the ear, this problem starts. I have dry, itchy, and flaky p...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have you shown to any ENT specialist who had told you that you have a middle ear infection? If yes, you can share the details. I want to know your ear findings written in the prescription. Based on that, only I can come to any diagnosis. I am enabling free follow up. If...  Read Full »

What could cause hovering sensation in left oral cavity area with throat and ear pain of that side?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two years, I have had left ear pain, throat pain, and a hovering dull sensation in the rear left oral cavity area. I have been to two ENT's and a GP a dozen times. The lymph nodes on the left side of my neck are harder and a bit bigger, although hard it still moves. I wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Navelkar Rohan Sanjay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can totally understand what you are going through. I saw the pictures you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems like you have a small salivary gland obstruction. There are multiple salivary glands all over your mouth that secrete saliva. ...  Read Full »

I got a node in the salivary gland at the floor of the mouth. Will it get back to original size?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a node in the salivary gland in tthe floor of the mouth for the past four months. Now it does not hurt me. I took Amoxicillin 500 mg twice a day for a week but it does not go away. When I wake up in the morning, I touch the node by tongue but I do not feel anything. But then aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It might be some salivary gland obstruction on the floor of the mouth. When the saliva cannot flow out of the gland, it causes pain and swelling. You need to show it to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he will be able to diagnose it. By the way you describe it, it...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for painful swollen cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, My right inner cheek is swollen. This happened for the second time this month. The swollen cheek falls between the teeth while talking or eating. I am having pain too.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. The swelling should be the reason for any tooth infection associated with the right lower back tooth region in the least case. If that is ruled out during a dental consultation, then it could be the infection...  Read Full »

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