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What causes swelling of the glands in the neck and chin after eating?

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Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel

General Surgeon

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Posted on Wed, 12 Sep 2018 in Infections
Question: For the past 2 days, a few minutes after I eat, both of my glands in my neck, under my chin swell?
Almost like the Mumps? But about 15 minutes after I eat, the swelling goes away?
It doesn't happen when I drink anything...
Also, my 2 yr old grandaughter had Thrush Last Month (it was treated) but during that time we didnt know she had it and she was drinking out of my straw for water. Could that be possible too?
Thank You
Sxxxxx Hxxxxx
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Salivary gland infection, duct blockage from various causes.

Detailed Answer:


* Possible issue with submandibular salivary gland from infection, blockage in the salivary ducts from stone or others. (may be related with straw incidence or not).

* The reason behind swelling after eating is in relation with mastication process promoting the flow of saliva in the glands and due to some sort of obstruction it cannot get released in mouth and swells.

Kindly provide further details so that I can answer your query completely .

1. Any relation of swelling with particular food as pickle or else .
2. Pain, fever if any associated or not.
3. Systemic features of dry mouth, muscle pain, tiredness, itching or others.
4. History of another systemic disease as diabetes or else.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 23 minutes later
No particular food? Or really other symptoms or disease.
I read that eating a lemon or sour candy can help the saliva push out a stone if that is the problem???
Will it go away on its own?
Or is the next step to see my primary Dr.

Also, I was on Augmentin last month for a dog bite, could that Antibiotic cause Yeast?
If I eat Yogurt will that help, if it is yeast in my throat???
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 7 hours later
Brief Answer:


Detailed Answer:


* Primary concern of viral or bacterial infection more likely (candida not likely). Antibiotic may have decreased the immunity to some extent.

* Primary guidelines for better recovery

- Maintain hydration with plenty of liquids.
- Prefer soft, light diet with fresh yoghurt (to help through probiotics).
- Eating lemon, sour candy will not help.
- Avoid more of oily, spicy, hard stuff to be chewed more.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol if using.

- Gargles with salted lukewarm water added peppermint oil 3 times a day.
- Maintain oral hygiene at its best.

* Follow up after 2 days or early as per the requirement to decide further course of action.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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