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 whenever possible.
Adjust your clothing to avoid rubbing the lump.
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.