What is salivary gland disease?
Your body has various glands that produce saliva, including parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. Occasionally blockages or narrowing of the ducts draining these glands stop the flow of saliva and can result in swelling, pain or infection of these glands. Salivary glands may also be affected by systemic and rheumatological diseases which cause the gland tissue to become inflammed and enlarges the gland.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of salivary gland disease include swelling of the glands either below the chin or on the side of the face. The swelling may be triggered by eating and drinking.
How can it be treated?
The treatment options for salivary gland disease depends on the specific cause and include either the use of medication or surgery.