A 31-year-old female asked:
Disclaimer

my son has a lump on the right side of his neck. what should i do?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Kelly Kane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Watch it: Lumps on the neck are usually lymph nodes. These are factories that collect debris along the lymphatic tract. When we are sick, the nodes increase in size and work to clean things up. If your son has had a cold, sore throat, scalp sores, the node may be reacting to this. If he is not ill, the lump is red warm and hard, or the lump is not softening in the next few weeks get him checked.
Answered on Mar 8, 2019
3
3 thanks
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head, behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size.They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks
Answered on Oct 18, 2015

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 5-year-old male asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: It is not unusual for kids to get some swelling in the lymph nodes in the side of the neck during a cold. We call this "reactive adenopathy" The ten ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph Node: This is probably a lymph node within the cervical chain in the neck. These commonly pop up to fight colds and upper respiratory infections. I believ ... Read More
A 2-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possible cyst: Some individuals have a prominent point at the base of the skull bone in the midline in the back, and could feel like a nodule .Other likely diagnosis ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month