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I have a bump on my neck it feels like a knot. Should I apply heat and massage?
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
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In brief: Need more
Heat and massage may help, depends on what it is.
I would recommend being seen by your physician for full exam and history taking. Depending on size and depth and course, it could be anything from a bug bite, to lymph node, to muscle spasm. Need more info - onset, location on neck, duration, character, aggravating factors, relieving factors, constant or temporal, fever, sweats? Other symptoms?

In brief: Need more
Heat and massage may help, depends on what it is.
I would recommend being seen by your physician for full exam and history taking. Depending on size and depth and course, it could be anything from a bug bite, to lymph node, to muscle spasm. Need more info - onset, location on neck, duration, character, aggravating factors, relieving factors, constant or temporal, fever, sweats? Other symptoms?
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Marc Polecritti
Surgery - Plastics
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How large is it? Where on the neck? How long has been there? Is it mobile? Is there a color to it? Some possibilities are an inflamed lymph node, an abscess, thyroid nodule, cyst, tumor, skin cancer, muscle spasm, etc.
You should have a physician evaluate any mass that does not resolve on its own in a reasonable amount of time.

In brief: Need more info
How large is it? Where on the neck? How long has been there? Is it mobile? Is there a color to it? Some possibilities are an inflamed lymph node, an abscess, thyroid nodule, cyst, tumor, skin cancer, muscle spasm, etc.
You should have a physician evaluate any mass that does not resolve on its own in a reasonable amount of time.
Dr. Marc Polecritti
Dr. Marc Polecritti
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: If it sore or not!
No pain, probably a lipoma or non-infected cyst.
You could have focal spasm. Heat and massage may help and won't hurt. If it doesn't go away see your doc.

In brief: If it sore or not!
No pain, probably a lipoma or non-infected cyst.
You could have focal spasm. Heat and massage may help and won't hurt. If it doesn't go away see your doc.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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