Have Medical Questions? Ask a Doctor Online!
If you are in good health otherwise, this may simply be an enlarged salivary gland or lymph node secondary to a mouth or throat infection. A white film on the tongue may indicate thrush, a yeast infection of the oral cavity. This can usually be easily treated with antifungal lozenges (e.g. mycelex troche) or antifungal oral rinse (e.g. nystatin).
Thrush can be mild and not involve bleeding or sore throat, etc. And yet it can result in regional lymph node enlargement. If the cause is actually a virus (which can also get into the submandibular glands and impair saliva production), there is not much one can do other than wait it out and take motrin. If its a bacterial infection, antibiotics would be required. It is difficult to say without physical exam and basic blood test which one is present. Certainly most such infections are not serious. The best thing you can do at this point is to be examined and get a CBC (cell counts) to look for infection in the blood. You might also need a swab of the tongue or throat with culture. You can then find out the cause and get the appropriate treatment.
Hello. How did it go with your PCP? Did you get tested?
Let me know if you have any follow up questions. I would be happy to help further.
If you have no more questions, please provide a positive rating. This is the only way I get credit for the time spent helping you. Thanks.
That's a great antibiotic. It should wipe out any infections in the head and neck. Give the lump 3-4 weeks after completing the antibiotic. If it remains > 1cm in size, return to your doctor and ask for a biopsy just to be sure.
Our thread has closed, but it's not too late to do the right thing.
Hope all works out for the best. Thanks for using JustAnswer.com.