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Lump on the Right Side of Neck

Lump on the Right Side of Neck

Our body sends out signals to us when something is just not right with it. In this article we learn about a lump situated in the right side of the neck and what does it signify.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
The human body is just not the absorbent types. Any internal or external changes make it flash signals of discomfort through various means. These visible signs, sometimes bundled with pain, make you curious and eager. Curious to know the cause and eager for a solution and relief. A lump or mass in the neck area is a common issue with many affected on the list, irrespective of gender and age. It may look like a protrusion or elevated part of flesh under the skin. Most of the time, these lumps are not painful, and may not be very serious. But sometimes an occurrence on the neck may be an indication of a serious underlying issue, that may create risks if left untreated. In this article, we will first understand the significance of the lump on the right side of the neck, followed by the causes and treatment, and all about neck lumps in general.
A typical lump on the neck, may or may not be painful. It can be hard or not so hard, and may or may not be warm to touch. This will typically happen when your body is invaded with a foreign body, like a bacterium or virus. Generally, it may be significant when dealing with any illness or disease. The size can be small or big. The most common cause is a problem with the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes (also known as lymph glands) are defined as a part of the body's immune system. They are small clusters of cells that produce antibodies. Lymph nodes is the location where the virus or antibodies deal with the immune cells of the body. The lymph nodes that are situated around the neck are called cervical lymph nodes. Any injury, infection or tumor, in or around the lymph nodes, can cause a problem like swelling. The glands around the neck will generally swell during an infection like a sore throat or cold. Any infection through a cut or a bite can lead to swollen lymph nodes, leaving you with a lump on the affected region. A lump on the right side of the neck will be particularly where the jaw hinges. Another possibility with a lump on the neck is a problem with the thyroid gland, an enlarged thyroid, or a fatty growth too. As discussed earlier, this can be due to any viral attack or infection. The causes can be varied from a mild infection to anything serious, like cancer too. Each case of a lump in the right side of the neck will be different, so the causes and the conclusions will also vary accordingly. It is strictly advised to visit a doctor if the lump is painful and does not diminish even after a week. Depending on the cause of the lump, the doctor can advice a suitable treatment.
Lumps in Neck: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
The most common cause of a neck bump is a lymph node, that swells due to virus and bacterial infections, cancer, etc. However, other causes can be enlarged salivary glands, torticollis, cysts like sebaceous cysts, thyroid diseases like goiter, and cancer of the thyroid. Others like Graves disease, viral infections, allergic reactions, etc., can also be the causes. Depending on the underlying cause of the issue, tests will be conducted and the doctor will accordingly advice treatment. One must remember that not all lumps can be cancerous or very serious. But ignorance is not healthy too. So do not follow any self diagnosis and treatment. As soon as a lump grows on the neck, get a checkup done by a medical expert.
This was a little insight on lumps on the neck area. A swollen neck is not a pleasant sight, so a little care and timely treatment can be the quick savior!