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Painful, swollen sublingual gland on left side of tongue, white bumps on gums. Chews tobacco. Reason?

I have a swollen sublingual gland on the left side of my tongue that is somewhat painful. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it about a 2-3. I noticed some white spots (looks like Canker sores) on the sublingual gland. It hurts when I stick my tongue out and move it around, but not terribly. The pain has spread a little bit to the right, but the swelling on the left surpasses that of the right. I ve been using chewing tobacco for about 2 weeks now, and have noticed some white bumps on my gums, but nothing too terrible. I m just kind of paranoid. It doesn t hurt to swallow , though I have had some congestion which makes my throat a little bit soar, but nothing really noticeable unless I focus on it. I have had a lot of salt intake with the chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds. Sometimes I get a headache. Earache- didn t notice anything until I read an article about salivary gland stuff and it mentioned ear pain, so I may be tricking myself into thinking there is some pain there.
Asked On : Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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As u told me about your problem,i think its a salivary gland infection. may be its baterial infection(also called sialadenitis) cause pain. fever and abcess. Bacterial infection is generally one-sided salivary gland swelling.Also u told me you have white spot on gland, if this spots hurts and you notice a swelling around it, it can be oral infection.Warm saline gargles would help with this. or if it doesn't pain and adherent to surface , it can be leukoplakia(precancerous stage) and needs to be seen by a doctor. stop tobacco chew, it is harmful to you. you can take antiboitics tempararily. and kindly visit your dentist and Ent specialist as soon as possible..

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Answered: Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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