We are all prone to some minor ailments that often show up on our doorsteps unannounced. It so happened that last month my friend Alma who is allergic to cigarette smoke happened to be talking to her two sisters. They were on the front porch whereas she was standing at the door which she kept slightly ajar, knowing the side effects of the smoke. She said to me she could see the smoke spiraling toward the door but she ignored it because she wanted to have a small chat with her sisters.
A couple of days later, Alma woke up with slightly swollen sublingual glands and as the day progressed she felt her parotid and submandibular glands were taking the same route. By the end of the evening onto later the next day, she could feel the pain of the swelling. She also had a hoarse and raspy voice. Alma was now worried that she was developing laryngitis like she always does when she inhales too much smoke.
Alma was determined that this time, it was not going to happen. She told me she went online to read about swollen salivary glands of which she had not much knowledge. Several websites mentioned that the cause could be bacterial or viral infection, mumps, a stone or cancer. In her case, she realized that it was an allergic reaction.
Since she knew the cause of her illness, she paid more attention to the remedies. Out of all the suggestions she saw, such as to drink ginger tea, to drink adequate water, to stay away from alcoholic beverages and colas and to gargle frequently with salt water until better, she chose salt water gargle.
After the very first gargle, she said she felt the difference because she was able to swallow her food a little bit better. The first two days, she gargled 5 times. And then, she decreased it to 3 for another 4 days. By then, Alma was already basically recovered.
It is always good to know one’s body and what one may not be able to tolerate, but when in doubt, it is important to get checked by a physician in order to feel at peace.