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Swollen gland

Oct 14, 2013

I am HIV positive, undetectable for 25 years, and not taking any HIV meds, just blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I have swollen SUBMANDIBULAR SALIVARY GLANDS, with no other side effects like pain, pus, or a bad taste in my mouth. Should I see a ENT doctor about this & is there a cure? Also, they seem to get larger when I drink alchohol.

Response from Dr. Henry

Numerous problems can contribute to intermittent swelling of the submandibular lymph nodes (sometimes the submandibular salivary glands may be the cause of the swelling so that needs to be considered also). Stones in the salivary glands, intermittent viral or bacterial infections, alcohol irritation, HIV infiltration, gum/mouth disorders and other factors can cause swelling in the submandiibular area). I would discuss with your HIV doctor including whether you need a ENT consultation. KH

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