A 5-year-old male asked:
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my son has just shown us 2 lumps on the side of his neck which are painful to the touch. what level of concern should i have?

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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 tenderness concerns me however. Look for overlying redness, increasing side of node and fever as a sign of additional bacterial infection of the node.
Answered on Mar 1, 2015
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