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A few years ago, I suffered a nasty mouth / salivary gland infection. It took a lot of antibiotics and pain, but eventually it went away - however since that time it periodically flares up again. I still don't really know why. It's never been as bad as that first time, and antibiotics generally makes it better.

I keep hoping it won't come back, but this week after a year's relief it happened again. This time it's not awful, but also not pleasant. I keep debating whether it's worth taking antibiotics, but I would really like it to clear up rapidly. So I just started some, and hopefully I'll be feeling back to myself soon.

It happens almost every six months, although it has skipped a couple. For my own records:

Mar 2006
Oct 2006
Apr 2007
(skip fall)
Apr 2008
Oct 2008
(skip spring)
Nov 2009

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pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: November 28th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it always the same gland?
From: bloggingchick Date: November 28th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you should also keep track of what you eat/drink (yes, it means keeping a constant log) and see if a food or beverage triggers it?

There is something that I already can't remember now that I eat or drink that makes my tongue swell and have a burning sensation. On the rare occasions it happens I think Oh crap, yeah, I can't eat/drink that, better write it down somewhere. Except I forget to write it down anywhere.
aiela From: aiela Date: November 28th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are certain brands of salsa that will give me a canker sore EVERY TIME I eat it. Once I started realizing which foods caused my canker sores, I get them much less often.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: November 28th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is it pineapple? I've heard of people with pineapple allergies having that reaction.
From: bloggingchick Date: November 29th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I don't remember. It's been quite a while since I've had pineapple. About the only fruits I've eaten in quite a while are Ambrosia Apples & once in a while plums & grapes. I just don't like anything tart & Ambrosias are the only apples that are nice & sweet with no tartness (well, that & watermelon & cantaloupe). I used to eat pineapple with cottage cheese, but now if I eat cottage cheese it's been stuff I bought at the grocery store & just eat it plain.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: November 29th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
fresh citrus does that to me, it sucks and can be a little scary
bloggingchick From: bloggingchick Date: November 29th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
It might be citrus. I have avoided it for so long, particularly oranges/juice because the acid burns my stomach.
elizilla From: elizilla Date: November 29th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Could it be a seasonal food item, or a vitamin deficiency?
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: November 29th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
annielaurie From: annielaurie Date: November 30th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try rinsing with a diluted hydrogen peroxide. I know whenever my son and I got bad cases of cold sores (we'd get them bad cancer sores at the same time) that is what the dentist recommended.

I also get those sores from pineapple like someone else here mentioned. That fruit acid is really strong!
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