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Living With Sjögren’s


How to Massage Your Salivary Glands

Additional Tips: 

  • Stay well hydrated to encourage the flow of saliva through the gland. 
  • Temporarily avoid foods and beverages that cause the pain and possible swelling. 
  • Apply warm compresses to the area to increase comfort. 
  • Ibuprofen may be taken temporarily to decrease pain and inflammation. 
  • Talk to your doctor about use of a mucolytic agent for 5-10 days to thin the saliva and allow it to easily pass through the salivary ducts. 

In all cases of salivary gland swelling and associated pain a medical professional should be consulted as soon as possible to determine the cause.

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