Salivary Gland Blockage

Blockage may result in pain and swelling from accumulation of saliva within the ducts or gland itself. An infection of the pooled saliva can occur and it is generally painful with skin redness and warmth, thick and/or foul tasting saliva, and possibly fever. Antibiotics are used to treat an infected saliva gland. In rare instances, tumors can be a cause of gland obstruction. Surgery may be needed if a blockage is identified or suspected in the gland.