How to reduce jaw pain from a swollen gland

Written by amy rozanski-harlach
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Swollen glands from a number of conditions can cause pain that focuses in the jaw and teeth areas. These conditions could include a bacterial or viral infection of some sort. Conditions like mononucleosis, measles, an ear infection or even an abcessed tooth can cause swollen glands that trigger jaw pain.Often times even after an infection clears up glands can remain swollen for some time and jaw pain can linger. A number of at-home treatments can be used at your discretion to help alleviate the jaw pain caused by swollen glands.

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Things you need

  • Ice
  • Washcloth
  • Pain reliever

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    Take the recommended dosage of an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen. The medication will work in anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

  2. 2

    Apply ice or a cold washcloth to the jaw area as well as the gland area. The cool temperature will reduce the swelling in these areas and should help alleviate some of the pain.

  3. 3

    Avoid overstimulating your jaw for a while. This includes chewing gum, tough foods like steak, candy or chewy bread. Also, if you have to yawn try not to overstretch your jaw muscles.

  4. 4

    Massage the muscles in the jaw area gently to help alleviate some of the pain.

  5. 5

    Seek the advice of a medical professional to make sure there isn't something more serious going on if your jaw pain and swollen glands persist for more than a few days. An antibiotic or other medication might be needed.

Tips and warnings

  • If pain is severe or persists for more than a couple of days you should seek medical treatment to rule out any emergent health concerns.
  • Never take more than the recommended dosage of over the counter pain medication and don't take pain relievers if you have another health condition that prevents you from doing so. If you're on a daily maintenance medication like blood thinners you may want to consult your doctor if you're unsure whether or not you are able to tolerate pain relievers.

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