Drooling

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Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Emergency department

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD

Emergency department

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Drooling is a condition in which saliva flows out of your mouth without your control. This could be caused to a buildup of saliva or weak muscles around your mouth. Drooling is sometimes caused by neurological diseases or other medical conditions such as food blocking the esophagus.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Dysphagia

  • Headache

  • Chest pain during swallowing

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Fever

Possible causes

  • Suppurative lymphadenitis

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

    Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

  • Retropharyngeal abscess

    A retropharyngeal abscess is uncommon but potentially life-threatening. It is an infection that forms behind the back wall of the throat.

  • Telangiectasia ataxia
  • Burn/scald of roof of mouth

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have drooling (because you cannot swallow saliva)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a runny nose?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have phlegm?

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Medically Reviewed By:

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Emergency department

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD

Emergency department

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