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Swallowing hurts, large visible bulges on neck. Why is it ?

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My throat about a hour ago and now it hurts to swallow and I have a large visible bulge on my neck
Posted Fri, 25 May 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 17 minutes later

Thanks for your query.

I would like to know some more details of your problem to understand the condition better and opine specifically.

Kindly describe the neck swelling in detail.The exact site , size, swelling movement with swallowing etc
Do you have fever , headache or cough ?
Do you have or had cold ?
Is this the first time happening or you had similar episodes in past ?

Waiting for your reply.

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Follow-up: Swallowing hurts, large visible bulges on neck. Why is it ? 32 minutes later
This is the first time this happened to me, my throat was sore so I gargles with some hydrogen peroxide (I have done this in the past when I feel a little soreness coming on and it is gone by the next day). Almost after a little over a hr it started feeling worse and hurt to swallow my food) I felt my neck on the right side and it felt very swollen so I looked at and it was a small buldge from my neck a little smaller than a golf ball. I took 2 motrin 200mg and used the over the counter throat spray for relief. I don't think I have a fever but my skin is clammy now. The buldge has gone down in size to about a walnut. Sorry for using objects for size, I just can't think of anyway to explain it. My girlfriend is a nurse and told me to describe it like that. No cough, no headache.
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 1 hour later

Thanks for writing back and for the much informative description.

Comparison with daily use objects is how we doctors too practice in describing the size and shape of the lesion.

Based on your description I would suspect it to be either tonsillitis or lymphadenitis (Lymph node swelling).Such a presentation with acute pain and clammy skin is typical of a bacterial infection.

I would recommend you to continue the Tab Motrin 400mg twice daily after food and gargle with CHLORHEXIDINE solution twice daily after food.

Specific antibiotics are essential in treating this condition and for that you may have to consult your treating doctor.It may take less than two days for the problem to go if above advice followed.

Hope I answered all your questions. Please use any answer clarification before closing and rating this answer. I will be happy to explain or expand on any issue you may have.

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