Lump on the Neck Can Be Signs of Serious Disease
Lumps on the neck can be painful, but can also be painless at all when held. Although generally not dangerous, but a lump in the neck can indicate a serious health condition.
If you have a lump in the neck, whether it’s painful or not sick, you should immediately see a doctor to get the right and safe treatment.
Enlarged lymph nodes are the most common cause of a lump in the neck. Lymph nodes contain cells that help your body fight infections and attack malignant cells (cancer). When you get sick, your lymph nodes can enlarge to help fight infection.
Lymph node swelling usually occurs when the body has an infection, including throat infections, dental infections, measles, tuberculosis, lupus and syphilis. Lumps can be deflated by itself when your health conditions begin to improve.
Neck lump may also be neck lipoma. Lipoma is a fat lump that grows slowly between the skin and the muscle layer. Lipoma can move or shift if it is pressed with a finger slowly and feels soft. When pressed, the lipoma usually does not cause pain. This condition is more often experienced by middle-aged people.
In addition, various causes of other neck lumps are as follows:
- Swelling of the thyroid gland –> This butterfly-like gland is in the neck and right in front of your throat. The thyroid gland is usually not seen, but for several reasons, the gland can swell and cause a lump in the neck which is often called goiter. This swelling can be caused by several things, such as iodine deficiency, too or under active glands, and thyroid cancer.
- Stones in the salivary glands –> The chemicals found in saliva can sometimes settle and form small stones. The stone can clog the flow of saliva into your mouth. This condition can cause a lump in the neck.
- Cancer –> Most lumps on the neck are benign. However, the possibility of a neck lump is a malignancy, the greater the risk is over the age of 50 years. You are also at a high risk of having cancerous lumps in the neck if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages. In addition, a lump in the neck can also be a sign that you suffer from leukaemia (white blood cancer), breast cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and lung cancer.
- Skin tags or excess skin growth –> Skin tags can occur when the skin often rubs against the surrounding skin. This causes small flesh to be brown like warts called skin tags. This condition is common, does not cause pain, and is not dangerous. Sometimes, skin tags can be twisted and broken due to loss of blood supply. Anyone can experience it, especially type 2 diabetics, obesity, pregnant women and parents.
Knowing Neck Lump Symptoms
To find out if your lump is dangerous or not, you can recognise the lump with the following criteria:
- Do not go down to more than a month.
- Keep looking.
- Feels hard or does not move when touched.
- Accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, pain and difficulty in swallowing, weight loss, increased heart rate, hoarseness, blood in saliva, or changes in skin around the lump.
If you experience a lump in the neck as above, you should visit a doctor to find out the cause of the appearance of the lump. Some tests that you might take are blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and biopsies. After knowing the cause, the doctor can provide the right treatment for a lump in your neck.
In general, a lump in the neck is not dangerous. But there’s nothing wrong with having a doctor check if there are irregularities in the lump. Early detection can prevent you from the danger of a deadly lump.
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