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Old 09-14-2010, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I have a blocked salivary duct. A big lump under my rt ear and jawbone because the gland produces saliva but it can't go anywhere.
The docs say it could be an infection or a stone in the saliva duct.
I am on antibiotics.
It sure does hurt and I can't eat because chewing makes the jawbone rub against the swollen gland and makes thngs much worse.
Anybody had any experience with this as far as treatment, length of the problem, etc.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks for any replies.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Not exactly the same but I had a blocked gland under my tongue. My ENT made a small incision and pushed out the stone (some calcification thingy). I felt fine immediately. I had had an unpleasantly tingling in the area for a week.

Maybe an x-ray could determine what is in there?
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have a blocked salivary duct. A big lump under my rt ear and jawbone because the gland produces saliva but it can't go anywhere.
The docs say it could be an infection or a stone in the saliva duct.
I am on antibiotics.
It sure does hurt and I can't eat because chewing makes the jawbone rub against the swollen gland and makes thngs much worse.
Anybody had any experience with this as far as treatment, length of the problem, etc.
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks for any replies.
When you say doctor do you mean family or ear, nose, throat?
If you mean family, get to an ENT and have them look at it. If you are by the James hospital; I would pick an ENT there.

oral / head & neck cancer is getting really common. My hubs was diagnosed because of what looked like a swollen gland. The cancer was in his tonsil, a mass in his neck & lymph nodes.

They need to do an ultrasound.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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When you say doctor do you mean family or ear, nose, throat?
If you mean family, get to an ENT and have them look at it. If you are by the James hospital; I would pick an ENT there.

oral / head & neck cancer is getting really common. My hubs was diagnosed because of what looked like a swollen gland. The cancer was in his tonsil, a mass in his neck & lymph nodes.

They need to do an ultrasound.
It was an ER doc.
But you are right. If things stay the same or get worse I will go to an ENT.
But it does seem to be getting better each day.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: NJ
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It was an ER doc.
But you are right. If things stay the same or get worse I will go to an ENT.
But it does seem to be getting better each day.
I wouldn't wait. What if the ER Dr is wrong?
I just made an ENT appointment for myself - 3 week wait.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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I had the same in 2004.

The doctor thought it was an infected tooth at first.

It turned out to be a stone blocking a saliva gland.

They did cancer tests........negative.

I had surgery and all went well. The surgical scar is barely noticeable when I shave.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Interestingly, four of my kids and myself had this over the summer. It turned out to be some weirdo bacteria that for some reason wanted to lodge in the salivary glands. It was very painful, too!

I agree that if it doesn't get better, you should follow up, but if the antibiotics are working, I personally would feel fine about letting it resolve that way.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Not exactly the same but I had a blocked gland under my tongue. My ENT made a small incision and pushed out the stone (some calcification thingy). I felt fine immediately. I had had an unpleasantly tingling in the area for a week.

Maybe an x-ray could determine what is in there?
i had pretty much the same thing in the summer of 2006 .... but the dr did not even have to make an incision, the stone was so close to the surface.... he was just able to get it out with some sort of tool .... and fortunately, there were no others behind it..... went from being VERY uncomfortable to VERY relieved immediately.... although i can still feel the spot on the floor of my mouth where it was......

a friend told me her doctor told her to suck on lemon drops as this will quite often dislodge the stone.....

whatever you do, hope you are better sooner than later....
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Thanks for all the replies. The antibiotics seem to be taking care of things at the moment.
If it doesn't keep improving or if I ever have this again it will be an ENT that I will go to first.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:18 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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I was going to recommend lost of ginger and/or garlic, but I'm not licensed to prescribe medication in the state of California.
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