Do you have itchy ears? I've noticed the more my ears itch the worse my condition is.
Wow, that is amazing. YES I have itchy ears! I have had itchy ears for YEARS now and have had at least four different doctors examine them and they all think it's just wax build up or bugs or something! They couldn't SEE anything wrong inside my ears. But yes, lately, the past few weeks or maybe month, my ears have been itching more than usual. This HAS to be connected somehow! I have tried hydrogen peroxide in the ears, collidial silver, oregano oil, stuff like that. NOTHING has worked. I think it's something under the surface or in the nerves or glands or something as opposed to something on the surface of the skin.
Is it just one saliva gland that swells?
Yes, the right one. I don't think it's the GLAND tho but the duct than runs under the tongue. I can feel the swelling with my tongue. It's like a garden hose that's under pressure with no outlet.
How long does the swelling last?
Depends. It often swells up before I eat and remains swollen usually until after I'm done eating, so 20-30 minutes total.
You said it was painful, is the gland itself painful or is the lack of spit painful?
The swollen duct isn't painful, it's the lack of saliva that is painful. Creates a burning pain in the mouth, under the jaw on the right and makes it painful to swallow.
Have you been to the dr. for this? And what have you tried to get rid of this?
I had to see a doctor about my shoulder pain about two weeks ago and so I asked him about this and he felt my glands under the jaw and on the side of my face and since nothing was swollen or painful there, he kind of shrugged it off. He even looked under my tongue and said he didn't see any swelling [doh, it wasn't swollen THEN]. He gave me a scriipt for antibiotics "just in case it's an infection". I just smiled, said thank you and left. No, I won't take antibiotics for this. But he DID say if it doesn't get better to come back and he'd refer me to an ENT.
But I remember when I was a young teen that my mom took me to the doc because of this same problem. I was really worried, but the doc did something to the duct and BAM, it was opened up. No pain at all, it was quick and easy. I asked my mom about it and she can't even remember it! Of course, she is 83.
What I've been doing is oil pulling [not because of this but for other reasons although I'm hoping it will help this too] and also I've been using hydrogen peroxide in my rinse water after brushing. Thought perhaps the 'tiny bubbles' would clean any stones out. Probably wishful thinking. Oh, and the vinegar thing Hv recommended too. That's about it. The duct still flairs up but I don't have any other bright ideas at this point in time. Not much online about this either.
I took a pix of it when swollen:
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