Can Allergies Cause Swollen Glands?

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Definition

Swollen gums are abnormally enlarged, bulging, or protruding.


Alternative Names

Swollen gums; Gingival swelling


Considerations

Gum swelling is quite common and may involve one or many of the triangular-shaped bits of gum between nearby teeth. These sections are called papillae.

Occasionally, the gums swell significantly, blocking the teeth completely.


Common Causes
  • Gingivitis
  • Infection by a virus or fungus
  • Malnutrition
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Pregnancy
  • Sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Scurvy
  • S...
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