The following home treatment
measures may help you treat a painful lump or swollen gland.
Avoid irritation and prevent infection.
Do not squeeze, scratch, or pick at the lump.
Do not stick a needle in it.
Leave the lump exposed to the air
Adjust your clothing to avoid rubbing the
Apply warm, wet cloths to the painful lump for 20 to 30
minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. If you prefer, you can also use a hot water bottle
over a damp towel. The heat and moisture can soothe the lump, increase blood
circulation to the area, and speed healing. It can also bring a lump caused by
infection to a head (but it may take 5 to 7 days). Be careful not to burn your
skin. Do not use water that is warmer than bathwater.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
A lump or swollen gland gets worse or does not
go away after 2 weeks of home treatment.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 24, 2013
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