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Shelly

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When you have swollen salivary glands...
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:00:21 AM »
Hi All,

So, I have had sporadic swelling of my salivary glands since I was around 14 or 15 years old and I am now 24.  The swelling usually occurs in the mornings when I take my first bite of breakfast.  My mouth is usually extremely dry the night before.  The swelling seems like it is from OVER production of saliva, as there is so much saliva trying to exit my salivary ducts that the ducts become red and raised from the pressure.  My gland will swell up in less than a second and it becomes golf ball size!  After a while of mentally trying to get myself not to salivate, the swelling goes down.  This might go on for a few days each morning.  Both the swelling of the glands and the salivary ducts are painful.  What I want to know is if this happens to any of you?  It usually happens about once a month for me.  I just think it's strange that my glands swell from an over production of saliva - although, clearly my salivary glands are not functioning correctly.

Please share!

Thanks :)
Shelly

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Re: When you have swollen salivary glands...
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 06:58:56 PM »
I've never had this happen, but my mom had something similar. The ENT said it was because she would get dehydrated and the fluid in her salivary glands got sluggish and thick. It would clog the openings, then the fluid couldn't escape and the glands would swell. Usually, she'd end up getting an infection from it that required an antibiotic. He would use a teeny tiny hook to clear the openings. Then at home, she was to apply heat to the outside, massage the glands, and drink plenty of fluids. It would take days for the swelling and pain to disappear.
Not sure if any of that helps.  But I hope you figure it out and get feeling better!
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Shelly

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Re: When you have swollen salivary glands...
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 08:53:31 AM »
Thank you so much for your response!  I do usually have a pretty bad case of 'cotton mouth' whenever I get the swollen salivary glands.  I've never had an infection from this (yet) and hope to never get one, as that sounds extremely painful.  I will have to try and apply heat next time this happens, as I haven't done so yet.  I do try and drink lots of water and massage the swollen gland when it happens. Thanks for the advice! :)

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Re: When you have swollen salivary glands...
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 01:23:42 PM »
Why don't you try rinsing your mouth with water immediately in the morning. Then suck on a lemon drop prior to eating. This may open up the salivary ducts so that this thick saliva can get out before you eat. Sounds like a spit and rinse situation to me.

Try using the Biotene mouth wash (takes just a little bit) to rinse. It isn't so drying. Irish ;D

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Re: When you have swollen salivary glands...
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 07:25:31 AM »
Thanks Irish!  I will try rinsing my mouth out with water first thing in the morning.  I would suck on a lemon drop but it would make my salivary gland swell so much that I think it might burst!  Haha - I know this is really weird, but it is so painful and swells with even with the blandest of foods.  I have been thinking about trying Biotene for quite some time but was reluctant because I heard mixed opinions on it.  However, I guess it doesn't hurt to try something because what doesn't work for one person, may very well work for another!  Luckily this swelling happens on average of once a month, but it used to only happen a few times a year 5 years ago.  I'm worried it's progressing and definitely don't want this to be a daily occurrence!  Thank you so much for your advice!! 

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Re: When you have swollen salivary glands...
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 08:14:41 AM »
I just sent this to someone else before I read your post and its wild that you are actually talking more specifically about what I posted there so I am copy pasting it to you because I'm lazy and don't want to re-type it. LOL

<<Anyway, the Ear, Nose and throat specialist said the ones in the back were swollen lymph nodes. However, what I was mistaking for swollen lymph nodes under my jaw bone on both sides, he said was related to saliva glands being inflamed.  His answer really helped me out.  You didn't say yours were located exactly where these are but they are in a place that is hard to describe so I am thinking maybe this will help you too.  The neck and face ones are almost like cottage cheese under the skin or something.  It's really unattractive I'll say that much but the discomfort is the worst of it. 

<<He told me whenever the saliva--- ummmm I'm not sure glands is correct word can't remember but I think you know what I'm saying even if I have terms wrong-- whatever they are -- they are located under jaw line and lower cheek on both sides.  He taught me to gently "massage" them stroking upwards.  It's flipping amazing relief.  I probably look retarded stroking my face like that but who cares.  The point is that just gently rubbing upwards... massage is too forceful and hurts... but running your fingers upwards towards your cheekbones sort of unstops the glands that become painful when you aren't producing enough saliva.  It sort of "milks"-- ugh his word not mine-- the jammed up saliva out and being trapped I guess is what makes your face feel lumpy and painful.  Give it a try even if it turns out that isn't actually what you are experiencing.  I love it.  I'm hooked.  I hope it is as much a relief for you. GG>>

And ditto I hope it helps you too.  It's a real lifesaver for me but I will say mine do not (thankfully) swell up to the drastic level that you described.  And I hope they never do because its painful enough at this cottage cheese puffy chipmunk level I don't need golf ball sized troubles.  LOL  Sorry not laughing at you just got an image of those Disney chipmunks for a minute.  Good luck!  GG