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Your Painless Neck Lump May Also be Known as:
Painless bump in neck
Painless lump in neck
Painless mass in neck

Top 8 Painless Neck Lump Causes

  1. 1.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious. Thus, warts on the face are often spread there by the hands, and vice versa.

    You can try several over-the-counter treatments, including salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing). With facial warts, some might be uncomfortable treating it on their own and thus, go to your primary care doctor or dermatologist for professional treatment. All of this said, most warts go away on their own, but less so in adults.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored neck bump, painless neck lump, small neck lump, scaly neck bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will check your skin and look at the size, shape, color, and texture of any suspicious areas. From there, treatment will be determined, such as surgical excision, photodynamic therapy, or imiquimod cream.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored neck bump, marble-size neck lump, small neck lump, painless neck lump, pink or red neck bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Non - Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes or bone marrow grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with non-hodgkin lymphoma:
    groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Non - Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes or bone marrow grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with non-hodgkin lymphoma:
    groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), shortness of breath, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, yellow or white neck bump, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, pulsing chest mass, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, yellow or white chest bump, blue bump on the chest, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, pulsing groin mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, yellow or white groin bump, scabbed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Laryngeal Cancer

    Laryngeal cancer typically develops from the cells of the topmost layer of the vocal cord area. It can be caused by using tobacco products or drinking excessively.

    You should go see your doctor in the next day or so. Diagnosis is made by looking into the throat and taking a biopsy of the cells, which is then examined under a microscope. Further testing is done after diagnosis to see if it has spread. Treatment includes radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, trouble swallowing, pain with swallowing
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, pulsing groin mass, pulsing chest mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, yellow or white neck bump, yellow or white chest bump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, scabbed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid, yellow or white groin bump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, blue bump on the chest
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Non - Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes or bone marrow grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with non-hodgkin lymphoma:
    neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painless Neck Lump

  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is your bump(s)?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • 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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Painless Neck Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painless neck lump have also experienced:

    • 6% Fatigue
    • 5% Hard Jaw Lump
    • 5% Rapid Weight Loss
  • People who have experienced painless neck lump had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 21% Wart
    • 2% Basal Cell Carcinoma

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