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.
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.
Prompt treatment can prevent complications.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
May 8, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 08, 2007
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