Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Dry Mouth and Excessive Thirst
Okay. Dry mouth with parotid swelling on both sides can be seen with:
- Viral infections, such as mumps
- Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune condition marked by dry eyes, dry mouth, arthritis, lung problems, and abnormal antibodies in the blood
- Sarcoidosis, a condition that usually causes enlarged lymph nodes in the chest (which can easily be seen on a chest x-ray) and can sometimes cause parotid enlargement
- Amyloidosis, in which an abnormal protein deposits in tissues throughout the body
- High blood triglyceride levels, one of the blood lipids that is part of a full cholesterol panel
- Alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia; recurrent self-induced vomiting can lead to parotid enlargement, though dry mouth is not a common symptom in this situation
Talk to your doctor about the swelling you've had in your salivary glands and about these possible causes.
Just one more question:
Do you have heart, kidney, or liver failure?