Left Lower Jaw Hurts When Held?
Hi Vrenda.. Thank you for the question.
A lump in the lower jaw can be caused by several things, including:
Enlarged lymph nodes -- lymph nodes are one of the body's forms of defense, when an infection occurs, white blood cells will try to fight off the cause of infection (can be bacteria, viruses, or fungi). This enlargement can be preceded by an infection, if the lymph node enlargement in the jaw area can be due to an infection of the gums, tonsils, infection of the surrounding skin.
Lipoma -- enlargement due to fatty tissue. Symptoms: lumps that are not painful, non-progressive enlargement, palpable soft, and can be moved.
Cyst -- sac filled with fluid
Salivary gland infection / parotitis
If the enlargement is painful, red, and getting bigger then you can see a doctor. The doctor will perform a physical examination, look for the source of the infection, and may proceed with a blood test or ultrasound. Later the diagnosis can be established and treatment can be in accordance with the cause of the complaint.
In the meantime what you can do:
Avoid holding and massaging the enlarged part
To reduce the painful part, you can take paracetamol according to the dose
If there are swollen gums and tooth pain, it's a good idea to have your teeth checked by a dentist
Hope it is useful