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Salivary gland infections

  • Alternative Names

    Parotitis; Sialadenitis

    • Abnormal tastes, foul tastes
    • Decreased ability to open the mouth
    • Dry mouth
    • Fever
    • Mouth or facial pain, especially when eating
    • Redness over the side of the face or the upper neck
    • Swelling of the face (particularly in front of the ears, below the jaw, or on the floor of the mouth)

    Signs and tests

    An examination by the health care provider or dentist will show that the salivary glands are enlarged. Pus may drain into the mouth. The gland may be painful, most often if there is an infection caused by bacteria.

    A CT scan or ultrasound may be done if the doctor suspects an abscess.