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Thanks for your question.
Is the swelling below chin painful?
Not really. It's just there.
Does the swelling feel soft or firm?
then this is not swollen lymph node or salivary gland.
Those were the other possibilities.
This still is likely from the TMJ related problem.
I figured as much.
Subcutaneous fluid accumulation can move around.
Is ice what I need to do or heat?
Yes ice and ibuprofen should help.
THis may take few more days to subside.
Is there anything else you can tell me to help this diminish? this is the first time this has ever happened.
Elevating face on lynig down position may be helpful.
and is icing 15 on 45 off?
Also pressure bandage can be helpful.
Steroids like prednisone also can be used.
where would I put the pressure bandage? how do I wrap that?
the sore ears and throat I am guessing are normal with this issue?
Yes soreness is common.
the bandage shouldbe ideally done over the head putting pressure from below the chin.
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So how long before you think that the inflammation begins to lessen?
Or will I see more inflammation prior to lessening?
the inflammation should lessen by 10-14 days
the swelling will gradually go down --may take little longer than 2 weeks.
ok. So is your thought that I could see more inflammation into the weekend even with more ice?
Wow...that long huh?
Crazy...this crap hurts
Never had this.
yes it may take that long because of the delicate area.
ok...patience it is then
A course of steroid like prednisone may be used
I just wanted to make sure I didn't have an infection
There's really no way I could have an infection?
Infection should cause more hardened swelling, moe soreness, warmth, fever sometimes.
So this is unlikely.
Okay. Very good.
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