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Circular mass below jaw, antibiotic, gargle

hello. i have a hard circular mass just below my left jaw , the university doctor advised me to take antibiotic 3x a day for 5 days and gargle a prescribed solution 4 times a day.i just finished the medication and lapsing the gargle for 2 days now, to just finish the whole bottle of it.The doctor just said that my tonsils were inflammed.Not hard to swallow nor talk and the circular mass is palpable until now. What can you think this is? I m worried and trying to hide this from my mom hoping its nothing serious.Thank you.
Asked On : Tue, 8 May 2012
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Please don't worry. It is not at all serious.
The mass just below your jaw is most probably a lymph gland. This enlarges and becomes visible if there is inflammation in it usually due to infection. This gland gets secondarily affected from primary source of infection in throat, nose, sinuses or mouth.
Your doctor would have seen the inflammation in your tonsils. So he said so.
Rarely the source of infection may not be found. But the treatment is with antibiotic.
It would have been better if you had written what antibiotic was given.
Mostly the micro- organism is not sensitive to the antibiotic given by your doctor. That is why the mass is persisting.
Usually this responds to Co- amoxyclave (antibiotic) taken for 5-7 days with anti-inflammatory.
You please consult an ENT specialist.
Take care.
Answered: Wed, 9 May 2012
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