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My girlfriend has a swollen cheek and the center is bruised,

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My girlfriend has a swollen cheek and the center is bruised , this is external and parallel with her teeth .any ideas as to what this is?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a pic?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Is it tender? like an infection?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Okay. Most likely this is something known as parotitis.

It is an infection of the parotid gland in the cheek.

This does require antibiotics right away.

She should get to a local ER or urgent care.

In the meantime, ibuprofen will help with pain and sucking on a lemon drop or cough drop will help to draw out the infection

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

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