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How long should a blocked salivary gland take to resolve?

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Posted on Mon, 16 May 2016
Question: hi i have a blocked salivary gland. I have eaten sweet candy it has helped a little but not totally gone. It has been about a week now.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Salivary duct stone

Detailed Answer:
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I am sorry to hear that you have a duct stone. I usually recommend eating sour candy as the sourness produces more salivary reaction. If the stone is still not resolving then I usually place my patients on a course of antibiotics. Usually the antibiotics reduce any swelling in the duct and allows the stone to pop out. If that does not work then you may need to have the duct surgically opened to allow passage of the stone. This should not last more than a full week. If you still having issues I would recommend see your ENT specialist for treatment.

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Follow up: Dr. Ronald Schubert (1 hour later)
thank you for your answer but i would like to know how often do i need to eat sweet candy. I have had about two small bags but not every day. i had one bag small bag all at once, waited a day or two had another whole small bag. Should that have done it or should i have spread it out?
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
One bag should do the trick

Detailed Answer:
I would say that you should only need to use one bag. Needing to take candy daily like that makes me think your stone is fairly well lodged and will need medical attention.
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Brief Answer: Salivary duct stone Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns I am sorry to hear that you have a duct stone. I usually recommend eating sour candy as the sourness produces more salivary reaction. If the stone is still not resolving then I usually place my patients on a course of antibiotics. Usually the antibiotics reduce any swelling in the duct and allows the stone to pop out. If that does not work then you may need to have the duct surgically opened to allow passage of the stone. This should not last more than a full week. If you still having issues I would recommend see your ENT specialist for treatment. I hope I answered your question. If you have any further question please contact us again