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Having pain in neck, feels swollen and lump in throat when swallowing. Is it virus or infection related?

I felt pain on my neck on the right side I guess of my windpipe yesterday, wnen I touched my neck I felt swelling and a lump that moves when I swallow . I have been a little run down these few days and am not sure if it is virus or infection related. The back of my neck has been feeling sore for weeks. The area where the lump is at hurts when i cough. I would like to know if I should run to a doctor or just let this run its course.
Asked On : Sun, 25 Mar 2012
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Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum 

You 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: Tue, 31 Dec 2013
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