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Increased salivation


Increased salivation Increased and abundant production of salivary glands of saliva is called - hypersalivation. For young children, as a rule, increased saliva separation is a completely normal physiological process. However, when hypersalivation should not exclude the presence of any pathologies. A healthy child normally needs a rather large amount (about two liters) of a specific fluid per day, that is, saliva.

Causes of increased salivation in children

The most common and “harmless” cause of hypersalivation in young children is teething. Of course, in this case, treatment is not necessary. After the majority of the tooth has erupted, it is about the age of up to 4 years, the increased separation of saliva will stop. All processes in the salivary glands will return to normal.

In addition to physiological causes, there are a number of pathological factors leading to hypersalivation, requiring adequate and timely treatment. According to statistics, the most common disease in children with elevated saliva is ulcerative stomatitis.

Stomatitis is a disease of the oral mucosa of an inflammatory nature. As a rule, with this disease, the entire mucous membrane of the mouth becomes covered with painful ulcers. As a result, it becomes painful for the child to swallow, so he stops swallowing the saliva that has formed. If you notice in time the excessive separation of saliva in a child, you can determine the pathological process in the oral cavity at an early stage.

No exception, leading to hypersalivation, is gingivitis . This disease is characterized by inflammation of the gums. As with stomatitis, with gingivitis, increased saliva is a protective function for oral diseases in children. It is necessary to start treatment in time to avoid inflammation of the salivary glands themselves.

Another reason for the increased performance of the salivary gland is worm infestation. Hypersalivation in children may be a symptom of cerebral palsy or CNS disorders. Some diseases of the ears, eyes, or throat ( sinusitis , sore throat , adenoids ) also cause severe salivation. With a strong intoxication of the body, children and adults produce more saliva than should be normal.

It is important to know that taking certain medications may cause increased salivation in a child. In this case, you need to contact a specialist to establish the optimal dose or replacement of the drug. An abnormal occlusion, stomach problems, or the presence of an infection ( diphtheria ) is another cause of excessive saliva flow.

It is worth remembering that poisoning with iodine, mercury or pesticides, as a rule, is accompanied by abundant salivation. If the fact of poisoning is established, it is necessary to urgently take the child to the hospital.

Causes of increased salivation in adults

If in young children, increased saliva is often associated with physiological processes, then in adults with pathological ones. Infections are the most common cause of hypersalivation. Intoxication of the body always causes hanging of saliva production. This happens in both children and adults.

Various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract also cause a strong salivation in adults. These may be duodenal ulcers or stomach ulcers, acute gastritis or erosion. With cholecystitis, the majority of patients significantly increase the amount of saliva released per day. It is important to know that diseases of the pancreas, for example, pancreatitis , also intensively stimulate the salivary glands.

A large number of medications have a side effect - hypersalivation. Some substances that are part of, have the ability to act on the salivary glands and cause abundant drooling. This problem is quite easily solved, it is enough to adjust the dose.

Various mental disorders or stress significantly stimulate hypersalivation. However, it should be noted that this reason is not so common. Increased salivation may be a symptom of CNS disease. This is due to the fact that the muscles that are involved in the act of swallowing are weakened. This pathology leads to the fact that the patient is not able to swallow the entire amount of saliva produced. Hypersalivation is the first sign of Parkinson's disease.

The main symptom of pseudobulbar or bulbar syndromes. The disease is characterized by damage to the cerebral cortex. As a rule, the amount of saliva secreted directly depends on the severity of the disease. In patients with poliomyelitis, syringobulbia or vascular pathologies, hypersalivation is also observed in patients.

Increased salivation may be due to radiation therapy for cancer. The rays affect the salivary glands, which in turn increase the production of saliva.

In addition to all the above reasons, several more should be noted, which often cause hypersalivation. In adults, as in children, the presence of worms always leads to abundant secretion of saliva. Various diseases of the oral cavity (ulcerative stomatitis, gingivitis), as a rule, stimulate increased salivation.

When drug or food poisoning hypersalivation is one of the main symptoms. As a rule, alcohol or nicotine poisoning is also accompanied by abundant discharge of saliva.

Treatment of folk remedies

Treatment with folk remedies should be an addition to the basic medical treatment. The pediatrician may recommend daily rinsing of the mouth cavity with decoctions of various herbs to young children. For example:

  • nettle decoction;
  • sage decoction;
  • cabbage pickle;
  • very weak solution of potassium permanganate.

You can use some tincture, which should be added a few drops in warm water. It can be infusions of: nettle, calendula, black elderberry, St. John's wort, horsetail or chamomile. The exact dose must first be discussed with a specialist.

    | March 17, 2014 | | 7,269 | Endocrinology
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    Lotanna Ezeonu: The quickest solution to drooling is to "stop sleeping with a pillow" cause it elevates your head. In other words, sleep with your head aligned with your body.

    Nice Videos Of Glasses Of Water: One of my teeth are sideways so I believe that is why I drool coz whenever I look down and I’m about to swallow saliva, it comes out through this sideways tooth is that fine or is the tooth not affecting anything

    T-Bone6543: I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and I'm terrified to tell my doctor about this (recently started happening). If I do, what should I expect them to do at the office as I have a phobia of things being stuck down my throat.