How is sialadenitis treated?

Sialadenitis is usually first treated with an antibiotic. You will also be advised of other treatments to help with the pain and increased saliva flow. These include drinking lemon juice or sucking hard candy, using warm compresses, and gland massages.

If your sialadenitis has created an abscess, that will need to be drained also.

In rare cases, surgery may also be needed.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/29/2019.


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