Salivary gland pain
April 5, 2011 10:17 AM Subscribe
Help! It stings in my salivary gland area when I chew. Have you dealt with this in the past and if so what should I know?
posted by hegemone to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
So I have this pain in the salivary glands whenever I chew. I first noticed it maybe a week or two ago when I had a smoothie that involved some lemon juice... it was just slight discomfort at the time so I wrote it off, but fast-forward to today and I've got sharp pain whenever I eat. The pain is on both sides, I can't really tell if anything's swollen, but the edge of my jaw right under my ears is mildly tender. I am in otherwise fine health and have no other symptoms like dry eyes or dry mouth (so I don't think it's Sjogren's, or whatever, and I am choosing to assume at this time that I do not have a tumor or cancer), I'm guessing it's maybe just an infection? or a blocked gland? Anyway, I have a couple questions.
a) I want to make an appointment with a medical professional TODAY, would it make sense to just call my GP, or is this something I should call a dentist about? (I have a regular GP, but I do not have a dentist at this time.)
b) If you or someone you know has had this issue, what did the treatment consist of? I am also not currently insured at the moment, and am just wondering what and how much I can expect to see on a bill.
Thanks for your input!!