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Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

Large hard lump on my neck/above the collerbone, burning an painful, itchy appeared 2days ago what could it be possibly? Is it serious?

See a doctor: Large lumps that occur suddenly always should be checked out by a doctor. Most "lumps" are not serious but some are. Your doctor will determine if further tests are needed. ...Read more

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Neck Mass (Definition)

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I have a large hard lump between my collerbone an neck that moves an is painful like burning type pain what could this be? An should I be concerned?

I have a large hard lump between my collerbone an neck that moves an is painful like burning type pain what could this be? An should I be concerned?

Yes: Anything that is a mass, is painful, and is burning needs to be evaluated by an orthopedic tumor specialist. The burning sensation could mean that it is involving the nerves. ...Read more

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I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

See Head & Neck doc.: Possible lymph node vs. Parotid gland mass other rare cause. Enlarged nodes from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. Parotid masses usuallu require surgery but 80% are benign. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT. ...Read more

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What to do about a painless hard lump on neck?

What to do about a painless hard lump on neck?

Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious things like cancer. Any neck lumps in someone who smokes are especially worrisome and should be checked by a physician. See your doctor so he/she can do an exam and recommend a specialist if needed (like an ENT doctor). ...Read more

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Found sudden hard lump on neck yesterday. Near back of neck. Don't smoke, don't drink. It isn't painful. Is it pinched nerve? No infection. I worry.

Skin: This is likely a skin issue like an ingrown hair or small abscess. Have someone look at it or take a picture so you can see it. If it gets larger or hurts more the go see your Doc. ...Read more

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Hard lump on neck, not on skin but underneath at throat. 3 docs checked but can't feel it but you do need to press hard to feel it? Headaches too

Hard lump on neck, not on skin but underneath at throat. 3 docs checked but can't feel it but you do need to press hard to feel it? Headaches too

Hard lump: You need ultra sound or ct scan of neck to confirm the hard lump once for all. If it is there then biopsy is in order. Remember head & neck tumor could be serious business. ...Read more

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V hard lump on neck, under ear behind jaw, comes & goes. Not v painful but aware of. On amtrymitline for headaches. Seen dentist & doc all blood work ok?

V hard lump on neck, under ear behind jaw, comes & goes. Not v painful but aware of. On amtrymitline for headaches. Seen dentist & doc all blood work ok?

Neck mass: Se an ENT as this could be a sebaceous cyst, a lymph node or parotid gland neoplasm, among other things. It warrants an exam and possibly imaging, followed by a biopsy or removal of the mass. ...Read more

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Can feel tiny lump on neck right side, can feel it feel only when I press hard on it. Is it bad?

Can feel tiny lump on neck right side, can feel it feel only when I press hard on it. Is it bad?

Neck lump: Lymph nodes are commonly found in the neck to be enlarged when fighting an infection. Lumps that are changing should be evbaluated ...Read more

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Can anybody give me advice about lump on neck and feeling of lump in throat making it feel weird/hard to breath?

Can anybody give me advice about lump on neck and feeling of lump in throat making it feel weird/hard to breath?

See an ENT: If you have these symptoms, particularly the airway symptom, you should see an ENT. Many possibilities, some serious. ...Read more

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I feel a grape sized lump on neck under my ear next to my jawbone. Hard, fixed, for many years. Have lump at the same spot on other side but smaller?

I feel a grape sized lump on neck under my ear next to my jawbone. Hard, fixed, for many years. Have lump at the same spot on other side but smaller?

Surgeon or Derm.: Ask your dentist or primary care physician. Give them more details on the history of the mass (es) and any symptoms associated with them. They will probably send you to an oral surgeon or dermatologist depending on their clinical findings. It's good that it hasn't changed much (usually that suggests it's benign). Could be a number of different things. ...Read more

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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is "super sore", recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat infections can occur along with tongue and ear symptoms. ...Read more

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Lump on neck right side, harmless?

Lump on neck right side, harmless?

Depends: If its been there only a short time and hasn't changed in size, probably harmless. If enlarging and chronic, that would be more concerning and worth a doctor visit. ...Read more

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How to treat muscular lump on neck?

How to treat muscular lump on neck?

Needs evaluation: A lump may or may not be muscular. Lumps always need consideration for a biopsy because rarely this can be a tumor and I have even seen a muscle tumor due to the muscle swelling in the neck. Your physician will need to evaluate you and decide the best course. ...Read more

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Lump on neck lymph node, what is it?

Lump on neck lymph node, what is it?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more