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Having knot under the skin on side of his neck. Suggest

My son has a "knot" under the skin on the side of his neck that has been there for a while and seems to be getting bigger. A swollen lymph node keeps popping up in my brain as to what it may be. His GP told him not to worry about it if it is not bothering him. He says it is not. However, it bothers me. He is 24 years old and obese. He has said that he has not been feeling well this past weekend. He has some health issues such as asmath and recently stopped smoking. Should I send him to a specialist to have it looked at?
Asked On : Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum

Your son seem to be having Cervical lymphadenitis.
This presents as a tender, smooth lesion in the cervical region .
It can be associated with fever and other systemic symptoms.
It is important whether you are also suffering from any other problems like Upper respiratory infections, sore throat, cough or tonsillitis.
As such lymph node swellings usually occur as a protective response in our body in order to contain any such infections.

Also, if it is an acute swelling, as it is in your case, then it is relieved as the primary infection heals or is treated.
So you might need a course of oral antibiotics along with pain killers.
I would suggest that you see a general physician who can locate the focus of infection and treat you accordingly.

Hope it helps
Wishing you speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 20 Jun 2013
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