Swelling In The Lower Jaw Area?
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Need to clarify beforehand, which part of your mother's body was swollen? Is it at the bottom of the jaw? How big is the swelling? On the right, left, or center? Do other complaints arise, such as fever, difficulty swallowing, difficulty speaking, and so on?
If what is meant is swelling in the lower jaw area, then this condition can arise due to several reasons, including:
Submandibular cellulitis (inflammation of the soft tissue of the mandible due to infection)
Sialadenitis (inflammation of the salivary glands)
Parotitis (inflammation of the parotid gland)
Lymphadenitis (inflammation of the lymph nodes)
Skin infections, for example folliculitis, warts, impetigo
Hypertrophic scars, keloids
Other benign or malignant tumors, and so on
It is possible that your mother's previous history of gum infection that was not handled properly is creeping up to the area of the jaw below. This condition is possible because the back of the gum with the submandibular space is connected through a narrow muscle gap, so that infection can spread through the gap. However, in general, if the swelling is really caused by an infection, the patient will feel pain, the swelling will feel warm, redness, and fever will also appear.
Our advice is that you get your mother checked directly to the doctor. By conducting direct inspection and palpation, doctors can generally identify possible dangerous conditions. If necessary, you may be directed to undergo further tests, namely X-rays, ultrasound, and so on. Depending on the diagnosis that is made later, treatment can be done in various ways.
In the meantime, what your mother needs to do is:
Not pressing or massaging the swelling in the lower jaw
Take a shower and brush your teeth regularly, and rinse your mouth with a salt solution afterward
Elevate your head while sleeping
Compress the swelling with warm water if it feels uncomfortable
Drink lots of water
First reduce the consumption of foods that can increase saliva production, such as fatty, fried, spicy foods
Hope it helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah