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Excess Salivation Overview

What is excess salivation?
A person with excess salivation produces abnormally large amounts of saliva. Saliva is produced by glands in the mouth and the neck. The largest saliva glands are the parotid glands, which are located under the skin in front of the ears. Saliva production normally increases when the salivary glands respond to certain smells and tastes. Excess salivation is commonly caused by a drug side effect.

What are the symptoms of excess salivation?
Common symptoms of excessive salivation include facial pain, facial swelling, mouth or tongue pain, and excessive drooling.

How does the doctor treat excess salivation?
Treatment of excess salivation depends on the underlying cause. Treatment of excess salivation may include medications that reduce the production of saliva and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Excess Salivation References
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