Lumps in the Neck
Most of the time, a lump in the neck is due to an infection that will come and go in a brief time, sometimes requiring antibiotics. Lumps that are painful, may represent severe infection that need further treatment. Lumps that are persistent for over 4 weeks, especially if they are over ½ in in diameter, should be investigated. We will do a complete exam of the area, then sample some of the tissue with a needle, using a local anesthetic, in the office. If necessary, we can offer surgery to remove the mass, or make appropriate referrals to other specialists.