Submandibular Gland Complications
Various things can go wrong with your salivary glands and cause symptoms, including your submandibular glands. It’s essential to address the underlying cause of the symptoms you’re experiencing to improve your health and to prevent other medical problems in the future.
Complications of your submandibular gland may include:
Because your salivary glands’ main function is to produce saliva, they typically underproduce when not properly performing. This lack of saliva leads to a symptom known as dry mouth.
Causes that can lead to salivary underproduction include:
- Medical conditions
- Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and illegal drugs
- History of radiation therapy
Saliva contains salts that can accumulate into a stone, especially in those who are dehydrated, take illegal drugs, or have gout. Some experience pain with these stones, while others have no symptoms at all.
Those with stones are more likely to develop an infection, and a stone can sometimes block your duct, leading to pain and swelling.