Swelling of the Parotid Gland

5 Causes You Should Know

Swelling of the parotid glands can be due to a variety of causes.

The parotid glands are structures approximately 6 cm long and 4 cm wide that are responsible for the production of saliva.

What are the causes of swelling of the parotid gland?

Epidemic parotitis, commonly called “mumps,” is one of the main causes of inflammation of the parotid glands.

The health professional will use different means to find the origin of the swelling of the parotid gland.


What are the symptoms of parotid gland swelling?

Bilateral swelling of the parotid glands; sometimes, the submandibular glands are also affected.

It is recommended to rest, ensure plenty of hydration, eat soft food, and control the symptoms through the use of pain relievers and fever medications.


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