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Lump Of Fat On Back Of Neck
Cysts and lymphnodes: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Possible abscess: Most likely an abscess( an area of infection that can develop into ball of pus), secondary to an infected cyst or hair follicle, usually fairly painful, swollen, warm , red most of time along with an area that might be yellow-gold. Fairly common Initially treated with warm compresses( towel soaked in warm water) for 10-15 minutes- 2-3X/day. If no better, see doctor for possible drainage + meds. ...Read more
The more I feel for lumps I keep finding it scaring me so much its like im obsessed just found a little small one towards back of neck so scared?
See Doctor: Most lumps smaller than the size of a standard pencil eraser are not serious, but if you are worried, a primary care doctor can help you figure out if there is anything going on. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, muscles and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more
Neck anatomy: Other than lipoma, this could also be just normal anatomy -- at the base of the neck, the c7 and t1 spinous processes are much longer than the spinous processes above them, which results in a "bump" at the cervicothoracic junction which is actually normal. Nothing needs to be done about that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?
Yes, possibly!: You should see a primary care physician soon for a thorough evaluation. Your "lump" can be something common that doesn't necessarily need treatment (lipoma, sebaceous cyst) or something treatable (boil, abscess) or something potentially serious (enlarged lymph node) or something definitely serious (cancerous tumor). Since you are in Wash, DC, you can make appt to see me. ...Read more
Small lump felt back of neck. Was there months before but grew suddenly. Redness around right now but firm and attached to skin. What is this?
Probably a cyst: These can get infected and need treated with antibiotics. They can grow and get larger. They may need to be surgically removed. Your doctor can evaluate and treat. ...Read more
Hi I have a painful lump in back of my neck it hurts to move or touch the left side of back of neck im 53yrs old and i know its not a regular cyst?
Lymph node?: Sounds like it is a cyst - trichilemmal or sebaceous or possibly a lymph node. ...Read more
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