What causes parotid gland pain?

What causes parotid gland pain?

The most common causes of acute salivary gland infections are bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus, or staph. Viruses and fungi can also cause infection in the glands. (Mumps is an example of a viral infection of the parotid glands.)

How do you treat a parotid gland infection?


  1. Antibiotics if you have a fever or pus drainage, or if the infection is caused by bacteria.
  2. Surgery or aspiration to drain an abscess if you have one.
  3. A new technique, called sialendoscopy, uses a very small camera and instruments to diagnose and treat infections and other problems in the salivary glands.

What causes pain in the submandibular gland?

Swollen submandibular glands are usually caused by tiny stones blocking the ducts that channel saliva into the mouth. According to the Merck Manual, these stones can develop from the salts in saliva, especially if a person is dehydrated.

How long does it take for parotitis to go away?

Expected Duration Bacterial parotitis usually responds to antibiotics in a few days. But don’t stop taking the medicine just because you feel better. Take it for as long as your doctor has ordered, usually one to two weeks. If you stop the medicine too soon, the infection may not be cured and may come back.

How can I unblock my parotid gland?

Blocked Salivary Gland Treatment Stay hydrated. Massage the gland and duct. Increase saliva production by sucking on candies or citrus fruit. Take pain medication.

What is the most common cause of parotitis?

Autoimmune disease causes most cases of chronic parotitis. Recurring bacterial parotitis may be caused by stone formation or stenosis of the duct, but this also occurs in a minority of cases of chronic parotitis. HIV may cause a type of indolent parotitis that suggests an autoimmune process.

Can parotid tumors go away on their own?

The parotid gland can usually be removed without permanent damage to the facial nerve. A facial nerve monitoring machine, called a facial nerve stimulator, allows the surgeons to monitor the nerve during the operation. Benign tumors usually need only the superficial lobe removed.