Swelling In The Neck

Swelling or lump in the neck is called neck mass. Some conditions that can result in neck swellings are infectious mononucleosis, thyroid nodules, branchial cleft cyst, goiter, tonsillitis, Hodgkin's disease, thyroid cancer, and lymph node enlargement.

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When I woke up, I found a tender lymph node on the right side of the neck. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, When I woke up, I found a tender lymph node on the right side of the neck under the jawline three days ago. The pain has gotten slightly better but is still swollen. I have no other symptoms. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you check the mouth, throat, tonsils, and skin near the lymph nodes for infection. Lymph nodes act as filters to isolate infections and are a protective response by the body. I also suggest you gargle your mouth with warm salt water for ten days and brush y...  Read Full »

My mother has swelling with pain, redness, and pus discharge in the neck. What is the treatment plan?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is 68 years old and has swelling in the neck for the past 10 days. It appears red and she has pain. Is it a lymph node or soft tissue swelling? There is no history of trauma or injury. I have attached the pictures. She took tablet Zifi CV 200 and tablet Zerodol SP twice daily aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.From the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like the swelling has started as cellulitis and formed an abscess now. If there is no pain, the inflammation might be due to probable antibioma. The treatment plan includes incision an...  Read Full »

What can be done for a lump on the neck of a 5 year old?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 year old son has a lump on his neck. He had a similar lump about two years back, but it disappeared. The size of the lump is a little bigger this time. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lump in the neck is due to an enlarged lymph node caused by an infection. If the node is enlarged, then a course of antibiotic has to be given after consulting a pediatrician. If it responds to the antibiotics, then nothing more is required. But if the lump is increasi...  Read Full »

Does thyroid disorder cause swelling of the body if medicine intake is discontinued?

Query: Hi doctor, My age is above 50. I have thyroid disorder for many years. I used to take Thyroxine. I am not taking any medicine right now. My body has swelled, especially my neck and the ankles. I also have a severe cough and weakness. Kindly help me to correct my thyroid disorder.  Read Full »


Dr. Suhail Khanday

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to know the dose of Thyroxine (Levothyroxine) you were taking earlier, and did you stop taking Thyroxine on your own, or your doctor stopped it. Also, please give me your menstrual history. The thyroid hormone regulates the body's metabolism, and once it is defic...  Read Full »

I have a swelling on the right side of the neck. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, My lymph node on the right side of my neck is swollen. I also have some swelling on the both sides of the back of my neck. It is hurting badly.  I have been on antibiotics for months, and it has been the same. It is very hard to see in a picture, but you can see and feel it in person. It...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you have to get an appointment with a dentist and find out if any tooth is involved, which may be causing an abscess, inflammation of the nodes and swelling in the neck. The teeth have to be extracted or get root canal treatment for it. If the dentist says that...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about the swollen lump present in my left neck below my chin?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a swollen lump in my left neck under the chin. Sometimes, I feel pain on the left side neck. I visited a few doctors, and they told that I have an infection. They gave me antibiotic, but the swelling is still present. I am a little worried.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.If you could send a picture of the swelling, then it will be more helpful.The doctor has diagnosed it as an infected lymph node, namely the jugulodigastric node that is present in the upper part of the neck below the jaw.The lymph node gets inflamed when there is any in...  Read Full »

What causes low-grade fever with swelling of glands in the neck for three months?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a low-grade fever for three months. I have three or four lumps on the left breast. There is a swollen gland in my neck and under my jaw. It swells and gets smaller. I have pain in my left shoulder and it crunches when I move it. I also have pain in my left elbow without injuries. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have night sweats, weight loss, and fever, then you need to worry about leukemia, lymphoma, mycobacterial infection, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), and autoimmune disease. You need to do a peripheral smear, ANA (antinuclear antibody) with differentiation, ly...  Read Full »

My neck got swollen after an impacted wisdom tooth infection. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an impacted wisdom tooth on my left jaw. I had an infection three months back and now, it returned. My oral surgeon is holding off my surgery until confirmation from a rheumatologist. My infection has returned with tenderness, pain and spasms reaching my ear. They started me on ant...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumar. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you say your neck is swollen, the infection must be spreading. You better get admitted and start on IV antibiotics. I suggest Paracetamol with Serratiopeptidase combination twice daily for three days and Pan 40 before food twice daily for three days for reducing pai...  Read Full »

What could be the chronic painless swelling in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I have random swelling in my neck for quite a long period. But it has improved with time. However, it is persisting. I am currently on medications for scoliosis. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are not in much discomfort. The x-ray is reviewed (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are mild osteophytes in the superior anterior part of the C6 vertebral body, and it is a mild degenerative change and not a serious concern. The x-ray...  Read Full »

Why is there swelling in the head and neck with severe tooth pain?

Query: Hi doctor, A lady over 50 years of age who is taking the following medications (associated conditions are shown) is now forming two new symptoms: Numerous swellings on the head and neck and a severe tooth pain. We are worried about it as it can be a signal indicating that the heart needs treatment. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your patient has been suffering from swelling on the head and neck with a toothache. And your query is about the probable causes of her present clinical features with remedies. She is dia...  Read Full »

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