The glands around the bottom of my right ear and down near my tonsil on my jaw have been swollen for about a week now. The swelling has gotten progressively worse, and it hurts to chew sometimes and foods with strong flavors send sharp pain throughout these glands. I know that glands will swell when trying to fight an infection, but I'm wondering if I should go in for a check up to make sure it isn't something worse. What are your thoughts?
Yes, we should see you. These could be salivary glands that are irritated and enlarged, or lymph nodes that are reacting to an infection.