To enhance the flow of saliva and minimize edema, drink plenty of water and use sugar-free lemon drops. Heat should be used to massage the gland. Warm compresses should be applied to the irritated gland. Avoid massaging the neck, as this may cause damage to the nerve pathway that controls the vocal cords.
If these methods are not effective, then it is possible that you may need medical attention. Your doctor will perform tests to determine the cause of the problem and select the most effective treatment plan.
Home remedies include:
You might begin with therapies such as
Increasing saliva production is the most effective technique to unclog clogged salivary glands. The easiest approach to accomplish this is to consume copious amounts of water. If that fails, try sucking on sugar-free acidic candies like lemon drops. Gently heating the region can assist reduce irritation and aid in the removal of the stone. Wear loose-fitting clothing when performing these techniques to avoid inhibiting fluid flow.
If these methods fail to relieve your symptoms, then see your dentist for advice. He or she may be able to suggest other approaches such as oral hygiene procedures, tongue scrapers, or even surgery if more extensive treatment is needed.
How do you take care of yourself at home?
Salivary gland disorders can be caused by a variety of factors. These disorders are treated medically as well as surgically. An otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon with competence in this field can easily handle treatment. He or she will be able to diagnose the disorder and suggest the proper course of action.
Doctors who treat diseases of the salivary glands include:
Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgeons - These doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions of the ears, nose, throat (airways), and head and neck (saliva glands, muscles, nerves). They are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of both acute injuries and chronic problems with surgery if necessary. Most have special training in ear, nose, and throat diseases and surgeries.
Nuclear medicine physicians - Nuclear medicine is the study of how atoms function in health and disease. It uses radiation from radionuclides (radioactive elements) injected into the body to provide information about different organs, tumors, and blood flow. Physicians trained in nuclear medicine treat cancer patients by using radioactive drugs called radiopharmaceuticals that show where in the body the tumor may be growing or metastasizing (spreading). Patients receive injections of these drugs into various parts of their bodies. The radiopharmacist prepares the drug before injecting it into the patient.
Salivary stones can be removed at home using the following methods: