A painful lump under the skin usually is caused by a
swollen gland (lymph node). Other possible causes include infection
under the skin or a
cyst that has become irritated. A painful or tender
lump may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as cancer or an organ
pushing out from under the skin.
Glands near the area of an injury
often swell after the injury. Having swollen glands and feeling ill are common
symptoms of many viral illnesses, such as colds or sore throats, The glands on
either side of the neck, under the jaw, or behind the ears may swell, but they
often get better with home treatment.
Scarlet fever most often occurs in children. Its symptoms may include:
Bright red or scarlet spotty rash, usually beginning on the neck or chest (often excludes face, palms, and soles of the feet)
Sore throat (although half of patients will not have this symptom)
Tongue with white coating and red bumps -- referred to as strawberry tongue
Swollen glands in neck
When painful and swollen
glands occur with shaking chills or a high fever, it may mean a more serious
infection is present. Uncontrollable shaking chills (rigors) that occur with a
high fever can make the teeth chatter or the bed shake. They are usually caused
by the release of bacteria into the bloodstream and a severe infection.
Treatment for a painful, swollen lump with a fever will depend on the
cause of the lump. Bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
May 6, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 06, 2009
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