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Symptoms of parotitis include abnormal tastes,difficulty opening mouth, dry mouth, fever, mouth or facial pain (particularly when chewing or swallowing), reddening of the face or upper neck, and facial swelling in front of the ears. There may be a history of smoking, chronic illness, or poor oral hygiene in parotitis patients.


  • A patient with a history of smoking may be vulnerable to parotitis from bacterial infection.[1]
    • Smoking's reduction in salivary flow rate will predispose the patient to parotitis.[2]
  • History of chronic illness should be considered in a parotitis patient due to the predisposition to bacterial infection.
  • History of oral infections due to poor oral hygiene should be considered.


Symptoms of parotitis include the following:[1][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Salivary duct stones: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia".
  2. Rad M, Kakoie S, Niliye Brojeni F, Pourdamghan N (2010). "Effect of Long-term Smoking on Whole-mouth Salivary Flow Rate and Oral Health". J Dent Res Dent Clin Dent Prospects. 4 (4): 110–4. doi:10.5681/joddd.2010.028. PMC 3429961. PMID 23346336.
  3. Nahlieli O, Shacham R, Shlesinger M, Eliav E (2004). "Juvenile recurrent parotitis: a new method of diagnosis and treatment". Pediatrics. 114 (1): 9–12. PMID 15231901.

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