Best Exercises/Activities/Home Remedies For Parotid Tumors

When you leave the hospital post-surgery, your incision may look healed from the outside however, the wound would stay fresh from the inside so your doctor will suggest not to perform strenuous activities during the initial weeks.1,2

Certain home remedies can be done immediately to improve your symptoms such as drinking plenty of fluids to keep your mouth moist and to flush the infection out of the salivary gland.3

Over the counter medications and an ice pack may help you in relieving pain and swelling that resulted due to surgery.4

Best Exercises/Activities For Parotid Tumors

The overall survival rate of cancer is over 55% and older men are at an increased risk of developing this cancer.

Treatment of head and neck cancer involves surgery followed by chemoradiation therapy and medicines. Patients with parotid tumors are generally inactive due to persistent pain in the affected region. Due to this sedentary behavior, there are potential chances of weight gain.

Exercises and a focus on physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, control muscle mass loss, and improve quality of life.

When you leave the hospital post-surgery, your incision may look healed from the outside however, the wound would stay fresh from the inside so your doctor will suggest not to perform strenuous activities during the initial weeks. For an initial couple of weeks, your doctor may suggest not to perform certain activities:

  • Lift objects that are heavier than 10 pounds
  • Strain yourself while performing strenuous activities
  • Play contact sports like soccer, basketball, ice hockey, or sports that require contact between players.1,2

However, aerobic exercises such as walking and climbing stairs can make you feel better.

Home Remedies For Parotid Tumors

Follow-up care is very essential in treatment and recovery from the salivary gland cancer. Certain home remedies can be done immediately to improve your symptoms such as drinking plenty of fluids to keep your mouth moist and to flush the infection out of the salivary gland.

Over the counter medications and an ice pack may help you in relieving pain and swelling that resulted due to surgery. You can use Tylenol, ibuprofen, and Aleve can help manage pain however aspirin is not advisable in patients who are 18 and younger.3

Swelling is a classic symptom after surgery which can produce potential pain. Place an ice pack or heat pack to reduce swelling and ease the pain. Patients experiencing parotid tumors will have swallowing difficulties, so eat soft foods and drinks that do not require chewing.

Do not drink nor smoke. Tobacco in cigarettes decreases your ability to heal and increases the risk of gum disease, which can lead to mouth and throat cancer. If you need help in quitting these habits, talk to your doctor on stop-smoking programs and medications.4

Being active plays a vital role in staying healthy irrespective of your age. Regular exercises and physical activities can help reduce the risk of certain types of tumors. It may lower cancer risk by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sex hormones or insulin, and strengthen your immune system.

Clinical theories suggest that exercising not only helps you stay healthy but thrive during and after cancer. However, exercises and physical activities can worsen symptoms in certain cases. Therefore, you need to get proper advice from your healthcare provider before you begin your exercise activity calculator.

References:

  1. Zhao, Shuang G, et al. “Maintaining Physical Activity during Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: Results of a Pilot Controlled Trial.” Head & Neck, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5304917/
  2. “Parotidectomy After Care & General Timeline Guide: Dr. Larian.” Parotidectomy After Care & General Timeline Guide | Dr. Larian, www.parotidsurgerymd.com/education/articles/instructions-for-parotid-surgery/.
  3. “Parotitis: Care Instructions.” MyHealth.Alberta.ca Government of Alberta Personal Health Portal, myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=zp4169
  4. Higuera, Anna Giorgi and Valencia. “Salivary Gland Infections: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 22 Jan. 1981, www.healthline.com/health/salivary-gland-infections.

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