Lump on back, right and left side of Neck: Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatments

A lump is often the first clue that something is amiss in your body. Finding a bump should be cause for concern but never alarming. Most nodules are benign and harmless. A pea sized lump usually disappears quickly but a larger mass might require a trip to the clinic for a diagnosis.

Detecting a Lump on Back Side of Neck

Few people think much about the backside of their neck. However, the region experiences a lot of use. The collar of clothing and coats constantly rub the skin. The hairline regularly undergoes chemical exposure with shampoos, conditioners, mousse, gel, dye, and hair straightening or curling products.

A lump on the back side of the neck often occurs from all allergic reaction to the products used. Hair oils can also clog pores and lead to blemishes.

Detecting a Lump on Right Side and Left Side of Neck

Swollen lymph nodes account for most inflamed neck masses. If you have a lump on right side and a lump on the left side then your body is probably just righting a virus. This is especially true if you detect a lump on neck that mimics both sides. Your lymphatic system’s nodes feel like round, firm masses any time the body is combatting an infection because they are a natural aqueduct or drainage system to cleanse the body of viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Child lumps occur because of a sore throat or cold. Strep throat, mononucleosis (mono), influenza, and rhinoviruses all cause an adult or toddlers neck to swell. The lump might even be behind the ear if rubella or mumps are the cause. The swollen, painful lump makes turning your neck difficult. Finding a lump on the right side and left side of the neck should not be overly frightening.

What is a Lump On Neck Under Chin?

Children often experience swelling along the jawline when their adult teeth break through the gum line. Infected molars or wisdom teeth also cause abscesses to form as a lump on neck under chin. A dentist often advises warm saltwater rinses, compresses alternating between hot and cold, and antibiotics to cure the infection before a root canal (endodontic procedure) or extraction can be performed. In severe cases, the dentist will need to insert drains to clear up the abscess. Under jaw, infections can also arise from a salivary gland issue such as stones or crystals.

Lump on Neck Child Problems

As a parent, you automatically fear the worse when you find an odd bump on your child/ A lump on neck child problems are usually handled by otolaryngologists if they are not caused by infected lymph nodes. Children from infancy to adolescents regularly develop neck masses. Rarely, a neck mass might indicate tuberculous. Cysts are also common. Benign tumors referred to as neurofibromas may also occur, especially if the child has neurofibromatosis. With a neurofibroma, there may be a single pea sized mass or multiple small tumors clustered together on the nerve fibers on the neck under skin regions. Only rarely is a childhood tumor lymphoma.

Causes of Neck Lumps

Here are other common causes in adults:

Boil: A localized infection, a boil (furuncle) develops around a hair follicle. The lump is a fluid-filled with pus and forms a lump on the neck that moves when pushed. As the furuncle grows, the skin becomes taut and may burst to form a secreting crater-like lesion.

Muscle Knot: Tension, stress, or injury form knots in the muscle fibers. Often the knot is as large as a baseball and sensitive to the touch. You will not visually see the lump but it is palpable just beneath the skin. Sitting in a hunched position over a computer or desk, driving and bending forward over the steering wheel, or looking down at something such as a machine worker managing a conveyor built or a stylist fashioning hair all develop muscle knots, also known as myofascial triggers.

If you press inward on the knot, you will experience slight pain and discomfort. A chiropractor can help loosen the muscles. Regular massage sessions, stretches, or yoga prevents the knots from tightening.

Acne: Acne along the hairline on the back of the neck is a very common location for cysts to occur.

Moles: Existing moles can grow without turning malignant. Moles should always be closely monitored for any changes in color or size. A childhood mole can expand in adulthood.

Carbuncle: A carbuncle is more than one funicle that joins to form an immense mass. The deep skin layers are affected and often damaged which leads to severe scarring. The carbuncle measures four inches across or greater. Staphylococcus aureus causes them (S. aureus) and usually occur only the back of the neck. The infection can spread systemically and become extreme. A raging fever and general malaise occur.

Those most at risk for developing a carbuncle are the following:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Certain medications that compromise the immune system
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Obesity
  • Lack of personal hygiene

Carbuncles are contagious. They can be spread from hot tubs, whirlpools, swimming pools, tanning beds, and clothing.



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