Inflammatory and swollen salivary gland is the most common symptom of mumps. In rare cases, salivary gland infections can be caused by bacteria, especially if you are exhausted or if some of the glands has been damaged by the salivary duct stone.
If infected, the gland swells and becomes painful, and the lymph glands in the neck (below the jaw) can swell and become painful to touch.
The pus from the infected gland flows in the mouth and causes an unpleasant taste. If the infection is not treated, the gland may be damaged to the extent that it ceases to function. If you feel swelling in your mouth – below the chin or around the jaw – go to your doctor for examination.
The doctor will the infection with antibiotics, and this therapy is usually successful. If the infection persists, it would be advisable to go to the polyclinic for a sialography to determine if the gland is damaged. If the gland is really damaged, you will probably be advised to surgically remove the damaged area or the whole gland; the other glands will compensate for the loss.