Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
147 Doctors are Online

Found small sized lump above collarbone after taking flu shot. Suggest

May 2014
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 6316 Questions
I had a flu shot on Friday in my left arm Now I just found a very small pea sized lump right above ny collarbone It's soft and moves around Doesn't hurt
Posted Sat, 23 Nov 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Possible allergy reaction to flu shot Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. You have said that a pea sized swelling has suddenly appeared above your collar bone (supraclavicular region). The commonest swelling above the collar bone region is a lymph node that may have enlarged. There are many reasons for lymph node enlargement including suspected allergy reactions(as you have reported), acute and chronic infections and rarely malignancies. Possibility of an insect bite swelling may also be there which can cause a small swelling under the skin, but that is usually little painful. The most likely cause of your swelling may be an allergic reaction to the flu shot. The vaccines contain small amounts of chemical which can potentially trigger a reaction swelling in the lymph nodes. I would suggest you to consult a surgeon and also take note of swellings anywhere else in your body and discuss the same with your doctor. After clinical examination, you might be put on medications which may include anti allergy ones and anti inflammatories. If it confirms an presence of an infection an antibiotic can be given. It the swelling does not resolve in a few days, your doctor might suggest an ultrasound scan and further investigations if felt necessary. Hope your query is answered. Do write back in case of doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor