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9 year old having headache and hard lump on the neck. Are these related?

My 9 year old son has a hard lump on the righht side of his neck . He does not seem to be sick at all aside from an occasional headache . It had been there for about one week. I can get quite obsessive over these things so I thought I would watch it for a few days and see if it went away. It had not and now I an concerned. I was wondering if this was common .
Asked On : Thu, 1 Nov 2012
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Usual lump on the neck is due to lymph nodes.
Do you see any pustules or any skin infection over his face, scalp etc? Or does he have lice infestation on his scalp? These may cause superficial nodes to enlarge and will go off once the cause is treated.
Deep lymphnodes in the neck can get enlarged due to throat infection, tooth caries etc. These too go off on treating the infections.
But usually lymph nodes will be mobile and firm to touch.
If you are sure that it is hard to touch, have a word with your pediatrician.
Examination by a doctor will take away your doubts and obsessions.
Hope you find my answer helpful.
Answered: Thu, 1 Nov 2012
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