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Your Neck Bump May Also be Known as:
Bump in neck
Bump in neck area
Bump on neck
Bump on neck area
Enlarged glands
Enlarged nodes
Frog in my throat
Glands swollen
Lump in my throat
Lump in neck

Top 10 Neck Bump Causes

  1. 1.Viral Throat Infection

    Viral pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, the part of the throat between the nasal cavity and mouth, which causes throat pain.

    Antibiotics are not useful for viral infections. You can gargle with salt water and use over the counter pain medication like Tylenol to treat your painful or sore throat.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, cough, congestion, fever, hoarse voice
    Symptoms that always occur with viral throat infection:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with viral throat infection:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Enlarged Lymph Nodes in the Neck

    Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the node becomes larger as it fills with inflammatory cells. This often is a result of an infection but can occur without a known cause.

    You should discuss with a health care provider whether or not your lymph node needs to be checked. Enlarged lymph nodes will usually shrink on their own. To speed up the process, try applying a warm, wet compress to the affected area.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck bump, movable neck lump
    Symptoms that always occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the neck:
    neck bump
    Symptoms that never occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the neck:
    unintentional weight loss, fever, hard neck lump
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Diagnosis is confirmed by looking for antibodies against EBV. Treatment involves supportive care (hydration, antipyretics, and analgesics, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen). Aspirin should not be given to children because of the possibility of Reye syndrome. It is also recommended that you do not do any strenuous physical activity and contact sports in the initial 3 to 4 weeks of illness due to the potential for splenic rupture.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Symptoms that never occur with mononucleosis infection:
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab

    Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make the throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. And, if you do not show enough signs of a true strep throat, testing may be needed before treatment is begun.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made via a "rapid antigen test" (it's a throat swab). Treatment with simple antibiotics would be given only if the test is positive. It is important to get treatment, however, because of the possibility of getting a disease called "rheumatic fever" after the strep throat infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, sore throat, fever, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Congenital Wryneck

    Torticollis is commonly known as "wry neck." In congenital muscular torticollis, a child is born with a neck that tilts toward one shoulder, and the chin rotates toward the other shoulder.

    You should visit your primary care physician, because it is important to address torticollis within your first year of life, otherwise permanent facial deformity may result. The treatment of choice is physical therapy, which your physician can help coordinate.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck bump, swollen neck, hard neck lump, head tilting to one side with chin rotated to opposite direction, difficulty moving the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with congenital wryneck:
    head tilting to one side with chin rotated to opposite direction, difficulty moving the neck
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Sarcoidosis

    Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that most often affects the lungs and skin, but can als affect the joints.

    You should visit your physician to discuss your symptoms when convenient.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. Diagnosis is confirmed by looking for antibodies against EBV. Treatment involves supportive care (hydration, antipyretics, and analgesics, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen). Aspirin should not be given to children because of the possibility of Reye syndrome. It is also recommended that you do not do any strenuous physical activity and contact sports in the initial 3 to 4 weeks of illness due to the potential for splenic rupture.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Symptoms that never occur with mononucleosis infection:
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease that causes unexplained fatigue that does not improve with rest.

    While there is no cure, symptoms can be managed with medication & lifestyle changes.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, severe fatigue, trouble sleeping, muscle aches, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic fatigue syndrome:
    fatigue, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic fatigue syndrome:
    mild fatigue, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Head and Neck Cancer

    There are five main types of head and neck cancer, which are all named according to the part of the body where they develop: laryngeal (voice box), nasal cavity and sinus, nasopharyngeal (air passage way behind the nose), oral (mouth), and salivary gland cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), meaning they begin in the flat (squamous) cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a cancer specialist (oncologist) for further testing. It is impossible to definitively diagnosis head and neck cancers without lab testing and biopsy. Treatment is likely to include surgery and chemotherapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, pain with swallowing
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Bartonella Infection (Cat - Scratch Disease)

    Cat-scratch disease is an infection with bartonella bacteria that may occur after a cat bite. In most cases, the disease is not serious.

    You should visit your physician in the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Neck Bump

  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is your bump(s)?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Neck Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck bump have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 6% Sore Throat
    • 4% Neck Pain Along the Lymph Nodes
  • People who have experienced neck bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced neck bump were most often matched with:

    • 8% Mononucleosis Infection
    • 8% Viral Throat Infection
    • 7% Enlarged Lymph Nodes in the Neck

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