Lumps In The Neck And Back Of The Head After Experiencing Strep Throat?

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Hi, I’m Jovi, 23 years old. A week ago in the shower I realized there was a small lump in my neck to the right (only 1 side). That condition I was strep throat and did not take medicine at all, had pain to swallow. When it healed, the lump appeared on the neck. When I went to the hospital, the general practitioner diagnosed that it was a lymph node where my white blood cells were fighting bacteria so they had clotted. I was given antibiotics, drugs and vitamins. But it’s been a week and it’s still not flat, and it’s not enlarging either. Is this reasonable? And yesterday when I cut my hair I realized on the right back of the head there were also small bumps. What should I do? thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Jovian,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Strep throat may have many causes, it could be due to excessive use of throat muscles (such as if you frequently scream), exposure to dry air, irritation (such as if you frequently consume alcohol or spicy food), infections (such as due to viruses or bacteria), reflux stomach acid (as in patients with GERD), side effects of drugs (for example anti-hypertensive drugs), to malignancy or immune disorders (for example in people with HIV).

In some cases, such as strep throat caused by infection, malignancy, or immune disorders, symptoms of strep throat can appear accompanied by swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). That's right, this lymph node can swell because of your body's own defense mechanism that is trying to fight the disease that causes strep throat. Clinically, the swollen lymph glands that arise due to this condition will form a round shape firmly like a marble with a smooth surface. When this condition arises due to infection or impaired immunity, often the swollen lymph nodes are swollen in consistency and are easily moved. However, if it occurs related to malignant metastasis around the throat, the lymph nodes will be felt hard and firmly attached to the surrounding tissue.

Besides being related to the strep throat that you experience, lymphadenopathy can also occur due to other triggers, for example:

Other infections around the head, neck, and lungs Infection of cat scratch marks around the neck Cancer of lymph nodes, or metastases of other cancers to lymph nodes, etc. Indeed, although associated with strep throat, often swollen lymph nodes require healing time is longer than the original pain. During this swelling is relatively smaller than the previous swelling, and no other complaints appear, for example, swelling, severe pain, neck stiffness, pus out, high fever, and so on, chances are your condition is still sweaty.

However, to be sure, it never hurts to check it back to the doctor or a specialist in internal medicine. That way, other possible causes of lumps in the neck, such as infections or skin tumors, skin tags, hypertrophic scars, etc. can also be identified, for example through biopsy examinations, blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, or ultrasound.

In the meantime, try to take the following steps:

Do not squeeze, move, or gouge lumps in excess Bathing with discipline, clean well your neck area If the lump feels painful, compress with warm water Go through treatment for strep throat as the doctor recommends to you. Get plenty of rest Drink enough and eat healthy food and nutritious In order to reduce the symptoms of strep throat, reduce consumption of fried foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, and also those containing artificial sweeteners. Do not smoke. Use masks to cover the nose and mouth to prevent transmission. Hope it helps.

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