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Hi, I am having a gland located to the right along under my jaw that is swelling every time I eat. The swelling goes down about an hour after I'm finished eating. I have no food allergies that I know of. But after searching food allergy symptoms online, I don't believe that is what is causing this swelling. It first occurred about 2 months ago. It happened consistently for about a week, then just stopped. Now it has started it up again. It is not, and has never been, painful. But just very bothersome. Can any relate? Or help me??
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First Helper herry6
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replied May 2nd, 2008
This sounds like the same gland i guess it would be, that i have a problem with sometimes. one night it just all of a sudden became swollen to maybe the size of a bouncy ball i would say. there was no pain at all. and it later went down. and now every once in a great while , usually if i eat , it swells up sometimes.
I have no idea what it could be , i only just started to look it up a little tonight and found this post. this is the first example i have found so far of someone having the same problem.
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replied September 3rd, 2008
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It sounds like a swollen parotid gland. The largest of the salivary glands. Maybe you had a temporary blockage of the gland.
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replied November 7th, 2008
swollen gland when eating
The first time i noticed, I was at a restaurant and noticed in the mirror the gland on the left side of my face under ear was swollen and very noticeable. this had never happened before and made me nervous but when i got home it had completely disappeared. every once in a while it would swell up and go away minutes later till the last week i noticed it has been swelling up as soon as i eat and then goes away minutes after i stop. i have no idea what this is caused by but there is and never has been any pain whatsoever associated with it. Does this description come close to the same thing you have been experiencing? if you find anything out about what may cause this please forward any information along to me. thank you
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replied November 17th, 2008
gland inflammation
Sometimes focusing on what is wrong , although logical, is not the best way to go...
If you just say 'thank you for my healing' you're sending a msg to your subconscious mind that you want to heal and find a solution. Soon a solution will come. No one needs a diagnosis or a label of their problem for the problem to be solved/healed. Good luck
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replied August 12th, 2010
My glands under my chin, behind my ears and in my neck go crazy every time i eat , to the extent that i feel in order for me to look semi-ok, i have to starve myself. It's so unfair. If i catch a bug that's going around it affects me massively and all the glands in my body swell up.
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replied April 4th, 2012
Yeah have the same thing, there can be a good few months between each bout of swelling. Each bout lasts for up to a week, and occurs when I'm eating. I've heard its to do with a salivary gland stone, and there are a few ways of removing it if it doesn't pass naturally, but the methods are rather long and tedious. To be honest, it's not something that can manifest into anything worse than it already is - a minor inconvenience, and in its extreme form, uncomfortable.
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replied October 10th, 2012
need help
im going thru the same thing right and not sure why it pops up every once and in awhile,very uncomfortable and inconvenient,is there a way to rid it,i cant hardly eat when it is swelled up,is there a reason y it swells up? what am i doing wrong.
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replied October 11th, 2012
Swollen gland right side of neck when eating
Just got back from a hospital visit with the same thing. It started to swell when i started to eat dinner (the size of a golf ball) By the time i was seen in the hospital it had gone down by 80%. Doctor was no help at all. So when i got home i was starving and tried to finish dinner same thing happend again so i just waited an hour then went to bed. Woke in the morning with slight swelling had breakfast same thing happend. l also get a tingling feeling on my tounge. A few weeks ago my whole face swelled up i am not 100% sure it is related to what l am going through now thou.l find it very hard to swollow when i am swollen.l have a doctors apointment on wednesday if he has any ideas i shall post again. Regards ZANA
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replied December 13th, 2012
Any news you can share?
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replied October 15th, 2012
I'm going through the same thing, salivary glands swell, sometimes after eating. If anyone knows of any supplements, feel free to post what works or does not.
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replied December 13th, 2012
This just started happening to my fiance today. Quite frankly it is kinda of scary. Dinner tonight was the second time it has swollen, the first being earlier today. I hope the swelling goes down like everyone else's seems to. I see a doc appointment in the immediate future.
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replied December 16th, 2012
This is happening to me at this time also. It happened earlier today and went a way, now it's back.
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replied December 27th, 2012
swollen gland
I have had this same issue crop up maybe twice a year..the swelling goes down between meals and comes back each time I chew.. generally goes away the next day. the dentist said it could be a blockage in the salivary gland. very annoying.
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replied January 15th, 2013
Gland inflammation caused by eating
I went to urgent care with this same symptom and have been diagnosed with strep. My throat does not hurt on the inside just swelling under the chin on the right each time I try to chew/eat. I can drink liquids ok without issue. I am taking antibiotics now...will see.
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replied April 29th, 2013
Face and neck swelling when I eat.
This only happens when I eat. I can feel it popping up and the pain is there when I bite or try to chew. How do you unblock the GLAND? I am ready to try just about anything.
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replied May 24th, 2013
I have this same condition and it will go down for awhile then pop back up. You may want to talk with your doctor about Sjorgdens Syndrome or have xray to see if there is a blockage. In the mean time...SOUR candy will help break up the blockage. The more sour the better. Also place a hot towel or heating pad on the gland and massage with your fingers in a circular motion applying pressure in different spots. But the SOUR candy like lemon heads works best!
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replied December 13th, 2013
swollen glands
This happens to me also, and has for some time. I just recently connected the gland swelling to eating when I did an elimination diet of sorts. I did a mostly cold pressed juice and organic diet, and noticed that whenever I went out to eat or ate foods containing GMOs or MSG (basically chemicals, toxins and bad stuff) then the gland would swell under my right ear to the point where it was slightly painful. Now I notice a direct correlation to the swelling and anytime I eat this "bad stuff". I would try an elimination diet and see what foods cause this. My personal theory is GMOs!! If anyone has looked into how bad they really are to consume, and how contaminated the U.S. food supply system is with these "foods" no wonder so many people are experiencing issues.
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replied January 21st, 2014
Blocked salivary gland
I've also just recently this happen. Yesterday after breakfast my salivary gland under my left jaw bone swelled up to the size of an egg with only a little pain/discomfort. Then it went down over the course of an hour or two. As soon as I started eating lunch it happened again.

My dentist thinks it's most likely a Salivary Gland stone as others have speculated. I just read an article while googling the topic that said there is an endoscopy type procedure now where a thin tube with a camera and "grabbers" is inserted into the tube that connects the salivary gland to the mouth and probes/removes the stone(s).

It didn't happen again today but if it continues I'll go see an oral surgeon for this procedure.
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replied February 9th, 2014
I ate some skittles and my under my left chin swolled up all of a sudden. What is this?
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replied August 22nd, 2014
swollen gland under my chin near my neck
I can track my exact date of my problem. I took an antidepressant and let it dissolve under my tongue thinking it would work seep my system faster (given bad advice). Two weeks later pain under my tongue and saliva gland becomes blocked. It was very painful. Two ducts freed up. So now 4 years later of randomly I get this swelling under my chin near my neck more on my right side than my left side. A lot of the time the whole side will fit hot and itch or hurt. Most the time it is triggered by my allergy foods. Herbs, spicy food, nuts, seeds etc, etc. it never fails if i didn't know these things were in an ingredient i found out through the swelling. Even down to the packaging of pretzels (should be safe right) saying this may have been made near equipment that handle peanuts. (crazy right). I woken up in the middle of the night with this problem and low and behold i was sneezing and singing the allergy blues. At times I have massaged the golf ball sized swollen area only to get a a mucousy tough to break string squirt out with saliva out my saliva duct. I have been given steroid, and antibiotics several times but the problem only goes away when I'm on the medication. The pain and size is increasing. The E.R, urgent care or the doctors doesn't help in this small town. And treat this obviously painful swelling as an over exaggeration. (like i can magically make my neck swell). I think it's inexperience BECAUSE it's such a small town. Sad. I digress till I am cured.
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replied January 27th, 2015


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This may help others who have had this same jaw swelling problem I had, so here is the story that I went through, what the doctor told me, and what worked to help cure the swelling. First off, the type of doctor you have to see for this problem is called an ear, nose and throat specialist, they are called ENT doctors or "otolaryngology doctors". This is important to know so you don't waste your time at a doctors clinic, go to an ENT specialist doctor if you have this issue.

The exact jaw swelling problem I had was that everytime I ate food, immediately the back of my jaw and front bottom section area of my ear would swell up. If you put your hand at the back of your jawline, where it curves up to your ear, thats the area that was swelling, and the earlobe up to the lower half of my ear, in front of the ear, that area was swelling also any time I ate food or even drinks. This was only happening on one side of my face too, not both sides.

Anyways like most people, I googled it and read about it and found out there is a salivory gland called the parotid gland, and this parotid gland can swell up if its blocked, and may have a stone in the gland duct or may have something growing in there blocking it. So of course I was paranoid and worried like most, and tried sucking very tart stuff like many said on the internet (to flush out a stone, etc.).

Anyways it didn't go away and I went to see a otolaryngology doctor, which takes a week to get in to see him, so get it scheduled if you don't have it yet, as you can't get in on 1 day notice. He basically goes over the issue with you and discusses your symptoms, then puts a tiny mirror in your mouth to examine the parotid gland duct. The parotid gland wraps around your lower ear and produces saliva which empties in your mouth in the back upper section behind your molars. He said he could tell mine was definitely inflamed but he didn't think a stone was in the duct blocking it. He rubbed my gland lightly (pulled it forward lightly across the jaw) while looking at the parotid duct and said he's seeing clear saliva coming out, which was a good sign because that meant there was no infection in the parotid gland or duct.

So anyways he told me for the next week I need to start drinking alot of water. 8 full glasses a day, and said I need to be going to the bathroom all the time or I'm not drinking enough. He also said to apply a heat pad, you can buy those small heat pads that you microwave for 10 seconds and they are really hot, those work well for this and are good to have as they are reusable again and again. He thought the saliva mucous up in my duct was just thickened and solid from not drinking enough water daily (which also shows the importance of drinking enough fluids in your daily routine). So by drinking a ton of water and applying a heat pad, it would warm it up and try to flush it out. He said if that didn't work over the next week then I should come back in and do a CT scan (which a cat scan is radiation and I didn't want that), and the CT scan would show whats blocking the duct.

Anyways I figured for sure this wasn't going away, I had it for roughly 5 days before I called the ENT doctor, then had it for 5 days after that, and it seemed to be getting worse, but part of that was because I kept massaging it lightly and pressing on it with the heat pad when it was swelling up after eating, so it was sore and irritated. Eventually one morning I got up and ate, and I was shocked that it didn't swell. Whatever it was it either flushed clear that morning or that previous night, but I was actually going to call the doctor back and schedule the CT scan that day, but I was SO HAPPY it was gone! I did call the ENT doctor back because I thought it was important to give him the update, so he would know that worked and may help others going forward.

The key thing is that you should see the otolaryngology doctor if you have this as you need to make sure its not infected as that can lead to other complications, and he also told me its important that the swelling goes down after eating too. He said if it stays swollen then I need to get back in there to see him. Mine stayed swollen for 15-30 minutes after eating, but gradually decreased, but was sore from my pushing and rubbing it on it. I used the heat pad to gradually "milk" it forward when swollen, basically sliding forward from the ear lobe to the front or slightly downward as if you are trying to use the heat to melt and milk it out. You don't have to press hard for this, just lightly and drink alot of water to make sure it can be flushed. I have to say I was very skeptical, I figured for sure I needed to get stone or something cut out of there, but this procedure worked and the ENT doctor was right. Also even if you have a stone in there, or whether its just hardened or thick, the water and heat combination can work in both cases and help flush it clear. Just keep in mind it was about 5 -6 full days for me, drinking 8 large glasses of water and applying heat everytime I ate and even some massaging and heat when it wasn't swollen (because I could massage it more when it wasn't hurting), so its not like it happened in one or two days. Hopefully this information helps you all out.


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replied March 12th, 2015
This swelling and pain just happened to me last night for the first time when I ate some sour candy. Swelling was down this morning but back when I eat something, especially bitter or sour. I am going to try your methods for awhile to get rid of it. I have dry mouth from meds I take all the time, guess I better use mouthwash and drink lots of water from here on out. Thanks for your post!
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