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Salivary Glands swollen

Morning lovely people. Has anyone else had a problem with swollen sublingual glands? I woke up this morning to find I have a large swelling behind my chin which is clearly visible and sore to touch. I have made an appointment at the surgery but hate going as they have been so unhelpful with Hashimotos heart problems etc!

I tend to take my levo sublingualy and wonder if this could have caused the problem. I also take b12 sublingualy but have left this off for a week as I am having tests with the endo on Monday and hoping for accurate results.

Thanks x

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Aleahcim, debris or infection can block a saliva gland. I had a saliva gland abcess which cleared with antibiotics. One side of my face and neck were very swollen and painful. I thought it was mumps. On another occasion GP recommended gargling with PLJ in water which stimulated saliva to clear a blocked saliva gland and enable me to eat. Sucking on slices of citrus fruit works too.

You can take supplements sublingually by popping the lozenge under your top lip until the gland unblocks. You really need to be off B12 for 8/12 weeks to get a baseline result as it takes 120 days for red cells to turnover and renew. Levothyroxine should be taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach as the molecules are too large to be absorbed well sublingually.


Thank you Clutter, thats great advice. I didn't realise it takes so long to get a baseline result! I feel very strange already though dizzy a lot of the time and terrible brain fog so I don't think I will leave the supplements I take any longer than Monday after the tests. Hoping the hormone/ thyroid results will be more comprehensive than the GPs basic thyroid tests.

I always take my Levo on an empty stomach but didn't realise the molecules are too large to be taken sublingualy so I am really grateful for your advice. Thank you so much. This is such a huge learning curve!


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