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Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To


Posted on 12/15/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention ToDid you know that your salivary gland, the gland responsible for creating saliva in your mouth, can actually become infected? Usually, the infection affects the two glands that are found under your chin and in front of your ears.

When these glands become infected, they get inflamed. There are a number of different symptoms that come with a salivary gland infection. Here are some of them.

The Area Is Tender or Hurts
If you feel pain around your chin or in front of one of your ears, an infected salivary gland could be the cause. The area may feel very tender if you touch it, and it may hurt when you talk, chew, or otherwise move your mouth. If you lay on one side when you sleep, you may find that it's too tender or painful to do so.

You Have a Fever or the Chills

Some people may think they have the flu instead of a salivary gland infection because they run a fever or get the chills. These symptoms can also accompany an infection, though. One way to tell is to feel if your salivary glands are swollen. That indicates an infection instead of the flu.

You Have a Bad Taste in Your Mouth

If you have a horrible taste in your mouth that you just can't get rid of, chances are there's a root cause like an infection that's causing it. When you have an infection in your salivary gland, nothing you do is going to get rid of the bad taste that it's causing. Mouthwash and other tools may temporarily help, but the taste will return over and over.

When Is it Serious?
Most of the time, a salivary gland infection will go away within a week as your body destroys the bacteria. However, that's not always the case. If you have severe pain, have symptoms for more than two weeks, are simply aren't able to eat, drink, or breathe regularly, you need to call us as soon as you can. You have a more serious issue that requires our professional assistance.
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