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What causes lumps near the upper jaw?

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My husband, in the last two days, has developed a lump on the side of his face, under the skin on his upper jaw, which is painful. It is approximately the size of a walnut. As of this morning, his eye is red too. In the last month he did have a cavity filled but this does not appear to be a dental problem. He is also complaining of a sore throat.
Posted Tue, 18 Feb 2014 in General Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 56 minutes later
Brief Answer: Infection. Detailed Answer: Hello! Thank you for the query. Painful lump always indicates an infection. It can be an abscess caused by tooth infection (which seems to be the reason even if the tooth is not painful). Also parotid gland is in mentioned location which can give such pain. Ear infection or throat infection can give enlarged lymph nodes and such symptoms. As face is in a very close neighborhood to the brain, any infection in this area can give brain inflammation. That is why, your husband should not leave it alone. Please take him to the doctor (laryngologist or surgeon). Ultrasound of this area might be necessary in case of any doubts. For sure he needs antibiotics. Dentist should be also consulted. Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions. Regards.
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Follow-up: What causes lumps near the upper jaw? 6 minutes later
We live in the mountains and there is no readily available doctor within an hour's drive. Is it safe to wait until Monday or does he need to go to an emergency room this evening ?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 minutes later
Brief Answer: . Detailed Answer: I suggest him to go to ER. Especially if he has fever and his heart rate is higher than 100. Regards.
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Follow-up: What causes lumps near the upper jaw? 7 minutes later
There is no fever and his heartrate is not elevated.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 minutes later
Brief Answer: . Detailed Answer: Well, you may try to wait till Monday. Just be aware of fever, elevated heart rate, nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision. In case of any of this symptoms, do not wait any longer. Regards.
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