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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Swollen Glands
Answer: Probably, I suspect you have an infection in your lip-call your doctor, these should be treated right away.
Swollen Parotid Glands [posted 8/6/98]
Answer: Usually viral in origin, but not very common any more - at least in general practice. I agree with a short treatment of steroids. The antibiotics are ok, but would not be effective unless there is a bacterial cause. Mycoplasm can cause this problem, but much less commonly.
Answer: These are lymph glands and swell as they do their job which is to fight infections. The lymph nodes are filters which strain lymphatic fluid. Whenever the straining process nets bacteria or viruses the immune system in the lymph gland attacks and kills the ģinvader.ī Presumably, extra fluid intake will increase flow through the lymph system and aid in its activity. This is an appealing idea but not well tested.