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The right side of my jaw right in front of my ear is a

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The right side of my jaw right in front of my ear is a little swollen and tender and I can't open my mouth all the way. It doesn't hurt unless I press on it. This started on Friday. What is it?
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: Nope. I've been ignoring it thinking it will go away on its own. Like I said it doesn't hurt and don't want to take medication if not necessary.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Nope. Not on any medication or have any history of injuries. I just saw my dentist on the 8th and he didn't see anything.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

you could have a swollen parotid gland which produces saliva in that area

a small stone can sometimes block salivary flow out of the parotid gland

and this can cause swelling and tenderness in the parotid gland.

you can try using a warm towel or compresses on the area and sucking on lemon drops which helps stimulate more salivary flow.

this usually helps dislodge the stone and helps return the parotid to normal size.

let me know if you have questions.

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