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Lump at the base of neck, bruised when touched. Anything to worry ?

I have a lump at the base of the neck that suddenly appeared. Feels like a bruise when touched. I had something similar occur after dental anesthesia , on my hand,where the anesthesia was administered, with two bumps on the vein . To find out it was not a blood clot that could travel to the brain. There is no cause this time around, and no respiratory issue. I am on a boat and have no direct access to a doctor. Is there any emergency for me to do so?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Hi and welcome,
Lump or swelling in the neck area can be due to many reasons ,
.enlargement of salivary gland due to inflammation,
. viral or bacterial infection with lymph node enlargement can form lumps in neck ,
. Infected tooth may drain abscess in the spaces of neck leading to lump formation.
. Tonsillitis
. celluilitis
.bening or malignant growth
exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and radiographic evaluation by a doctor.
If the lump is painful , mean time i would suggest you to start witha antibiotic course of Augmentin 625mg with analgesics like aceclofenac serratiopeptidase twice daily for 3 to 5 days till the symptoms subside.
i hope this helps ,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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