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Lump on left side of neck, 3 inches below the ear. have had

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lump on left side of neck, 3 inches below the ear. have had a bump there for a long time and dr wasn't concerned. last few day the lump has gotten bigger and painful.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
this lump could be due to a blocked salivary gland from a salivary duct stone
or could be from an infected lymph node or infected salivary gland
if the lump is larger and more painful, you should see a doctor about it or go to the ER for evaluation
there they can do an ultrasound and tell exactly what it is
if it is infected, they can give you a course of antibiotics to help
if it is from a blocked salivary duct causing the salivary gland to swell up, warm compresses and sucking on lemon drops can help break open the blocked salivary gland.
3 inches below the ear is often where the parotid gland or submandibular salivary glands are
do you have an ER or hospital close to you where you can see a doctor right away?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No ER close by
I have an appt With my GP already scheduled for Wednesday. Too long to wait?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
it depends.
if you don't have fever and the pain doesn't get worse, I would use warm compresses and suck on lemon drops and see if that helps and see your doctor next Wednesday.
if your pain gets worse or if you start developing fevers or pus from your salivary glands in your mouth, then you need to see a doctor sooner.
let me know if you have other questions.
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