Salivary Gland Problems
There are 3 main pairs of salivary glands. The parotid which lies just in front of the ear and is the largest gland. The submandibular gland lies just under the side of the jaw, and the sublingual gland is just underneath the chin.
This glands make saliva, so damage or problems to these glands can cause a dry mouth, a bad taste in the mouth and sometimes over production of saliva. The glands themselves can become enlarged because they get blocked or infected. These infections require specialist help and should be seen by an ENT Doctor as soon as possible.
Sometimes a lump can appear on a gland, and this is potentially very serious. If you have noticed a lump on one of your salivary glands you should consult your GP as soon as possible to be referred to a ENT doctor. If you prefer to be seen privately, please inform the secretary that this is what you are concerned about so an urgent appointment can be made for you.