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any connection between celiacs and swollen salivary glands?

I am a diagnosed celiac sprue. I have had swollen salivary glands for 3 months. A host of probable causes have been tested for with only negative results. This is costing me a fortune and my next step is a trip to Duke University for further evaluation. Help! I am 54, male, and have only a mild case of celiacs' which is just as bad internally and over the long term as someone who is a severe sufferer.

Hi Robert,

Thank You for asking a difficult question. I am a RN with more than 30 years of experience. I hope you are on a Gluten Free diet already. Has the gluten free diet not helped.

Your disease is disease of the GIT (Gastro-Intestinal tract). Salivary glands are part of the GIT. Other common causes of swollen salivary glands are:

1. Alcoholism
Alcoholism is the compulsive urge to drink alcohol despite knowing the negative impact on ones health....read more »
2. Bacterial diseases
Diseases caused by a bacterial infection...read more »
3. Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann disease
A rare disease where inflammatory granular nodules form in various organs....read more »
4. Cancer
Abnormal overgrowth of body cells....read more »
5. Kidney stones
Stone-like calcium deposits in the kidney....read more »
6. Lymphadenitis
The inflammation of the one or several lymph nodes...read more »
7. Lymphoma
Cancer involving lymph nodes and the immune system....read more »
8. Salivary gland cancer
Salivary gland cancer is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat...read more »
9. Septicemia
A systemic inflammatory response to an infection....read more »
10. Sialadenitis

Celiac sprue, also known as celiac disease, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and gluten-induced enteropathy, is a chronic disease of the digestive tract that interferes with the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. People with celiac sprue cannot tolerate gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat, rye, barley, and to some degree, oats. When affected individuals ingest foods containing gluten, the lining (mucosa) of the intestine becomes damaged due to the body's immune reaction. Because the lining of the intestine contains essential enzymes for digestion and absorption, its destruction leads to malabsorption, a difficulty in absorption of food and essential nutrients. As result, celiac sprue is often considered a malabsorption disorder.

Robert, I am sorry if my suggestions have not found an answer to your question. Please get on the web and do a google search. I have given you the link to my blogs and articles which you will find useful. I have written many articles. My pen name is Shergill but I have not written anything on celiac sprue.


Good luck.  (+ info)

Does anyone have experience with a clogged salivary gland?

Whenever I eat the salivary gland on the left side under my jaw swells. It is quite painful sometimes, but goes away after I'm done eating. This condition comes and goes. It can swell to the size of what feels like a small egg!

my brother had this... dr. told him to massage it gently when it swells to work the saliva out... went away on its own in a couple/few weeks. i don't remember him having much pain though... have you seen a dr?  (+ info)

What are some bile and salivary enzymes?

Also, what are some examples of health-enhancing intestinal bacteria?

amylase is found in saliva  (+ info)

Are there any home remedies for salivary gland infections?

I believe I have a small infection in my sublingual gland, underneath my chin. It's painful when touched and irritating in general. It isn't red or visibly noticeable yet.

Is there any way to treat this without a trip to the doctor?
Without OC medication?

You can try massaging the gland by massaging under the chin to stimulate saliva flow to flush out the gland. Also, a few drops of lemon on the tongue will help stimulate saliva flow [or a sour sweet] again as a means of flushing out the gland. Other than that you really need an antibiotic, and of course you can take a painkiller to help relieve the pain. You could try grapefruit seed extract OR oregano oil as both have antibiotic properties. But consider the possibility that you may have a saliva stone so perhaps it is wiser to see your GP who will have a look at the gland, can probably minimally assess if there might be an infection and/or a stone and prescribe a suitable antibiotic.

When on antibiotics take a probiotic at the same time and for at least a week after cessation of the antibiotic to recolonize the gut with friendly organisms to prevent an opportunistic yeast overgrowth.

Best wishes.  (+ info)

What is the cause of overative salivary glands?

What is the cause of overactive salivary glands??

Salivary gland problems that cause clinical symptoms include:

Obstruction: Obstruction to the flow of saliva most commonly occurs in the parotid and submandibular glands, usually because stones have formed. Symptoms typically occur when eating. Saliva production starts to flow, but cannot exit the ductal system, leading to swelling of the involved gland and significant pain, sometimes with an infection. Unless stones totally obstruct saliva flow, the major glands will swell during eating and then gradually subside after eating, only to enlarge again at the next meal. Infection can develop in the pool of blocked saliva, leading to more severe pain and swelling in the glands. If untreated for a long time, the glands may become abscessed.

It is possible for the duct system of the major salivary glands that connects the glands to the mouth to be abnormal. These ducts can develop small constrictions, which decrease salivary flow, leading to infection and obstructive symptoms.

Infection: The most common salivary gland infection in children is mumps, which involves the parotid glands. While this is most common in children who have not been immunized, it can occur in adults. However, if an adult has swelling in the area of the parotid gland only on one side, it is more likely due to an obstruction or a tumor.

Infections also occur because of ductal obstruction or sluggish flow of saliva because the mouth has abundant bacteria.

You may have a secondary infection of salivary glands from nearby lymph nodes. These lymph nodes are the structures in the upper neck that often become tender during a common sore throat. In fact, many of these lymph nodes are actually located on, within, and deep in the substance of the parotid gland or near the submandibular glands. When these lymph nodes enlarge through infection, you may have a red, painful swelling in the area of the parotid or submandibular glands. Lymph nodes also enlarge due to tumors and inflammation.

Tumors: Primary benign and malignant salivary gland tumors usually show up as painless enlargements of these glands. Tumors rarely involve more than one gland and are detected as a growth in the parotid, submandibular area, on the palate, floor of mouth, cheeks, or lips. An otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon should check these enlargements.

Malignant tumors of the major salivary glands can grow quickly, may be painful, and can cause loss of movement of part or all of the affected side of the face. These symptoms should be immediately investigated.

Other Disorders: Salivary gland enlargement also occurs in autoimmune diseases such as HIV and Sjögren's syndrome where the body's immune system attacks the salivary glands causing significant inflammation. Dry mouth or dry eyes are common. This may occur with other systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Diabetes may cause enlargement of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands. Alcoholics may have salivary gland swelling, usually on both sides.

plz go to a doctor   (+ info)

Has anyone had problems with their salivary glands and what forms of treatment have they received?

I had thyriod cancer last year and they gave me radioactive iodine to kill the cancer tissue. However, that radioactive iodine damaged my salivary glands. Now I have alot of difficulty with them swelling and becoming very painful especially when eating or drinking. I have had three Sialoendoscopys which haven't been successful.
I have also tried different medicines such as Salagen and Numoisyn losenges. But still nothing is working? I have had this problem for almost a year now and my doctor's are running out of things to try.

I think you should keep wetting your mouth.
There is another illness called SJOGREN SYNDROME, in which the salivary glands are destroyed by antibodies. Why dont you contact someone suffering from this condition and take some tips from them.
For your information, I have provided you the link below to the foundation that helps people with sjogren syndrome. Try contacting them
Best of luck  (+ info)

What illnesses cause an overactive salivary gland?

What illnesses/diseases cause overactive salivary glands?

Cystic fibrosis and many others. I would see my doctor!  (+ info)

I have a swollen salivary gland and it has been swollen with no pain for 2 months. Is it HIV?

I am getting tested soon but please help.

I had a swollen gland on my neck behind my ear and i thought it was HIV. But with HIV there is more than one swollen gland. Along with that you would be running a fever for longer than a week and waking up drecnhed in sweat from sweating during your sleep. Along with a few other symptoms such as rashes on your back or under your armpits.  (+ info)

Anyone have mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the minor salivary gland?

Perhaps I should have stated : "does anyone else suffer from the form of Cancer medically know as "Mucoeperdermoid Carcinoma of the minory salivary gland". Doesn't that make you smart-alecks feel MUCH better?

Hi, I am currently treating for mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid (major salivary) gland. 12/21 had surgery to remove the tumor that had wrapped around the facial nerve, and removed the parotid gland and on Monday I begin radiation.  (+ info)

What possible diseases could result from decreased salivary secretion - In terms of decreased starch digestion

Hi, I should have clarified in my other question, I meant diseases as in, what would be the result of decreased starch digestion? What disorders or implications does this have on the body? Say, eg tooth dacay: less starch digested, more undigested food present in tooth --> result tooth decay. Something like that. A website would be appreciatable.

See the Dry Mouth FAQ at http://www.orajel.com/faqs/dry_mouth.htm  (+ info)

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