What Could Be the Reason of Lump Under the Chin?
Q: I’m 24 years old female. I have a hard lump directly under my chin, not in my throat. I have had an itchy throat and have always has a lot of phlegm. I noticed the lump three days ago. My sister has had two benign tumors removed from her throat in the last 3 years. I don’t know if this is important information but I thought it would be helpful. I don’t have any other symptoms besides scratchy throat phlegm and hard lump. The lump does not hurt. Do you think this is just an infection or should I take it more seriously?
This is the location of the submental group of lymph nodes. The commonest cause of having such lymph nodes is any chronic (persistent) infection.
Our face has a lot of blood and lymph supply. So, any source of infection in or around the face may lead to the enlargement of these lymph nodes.
These causes would include:
- Tooth decay
- Swollen/ infected gums
- Throat infection
- Viral infections like, mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus in the past.
- Any autoimmune pathology in the body, like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Here, other symptoms suggestive of these conditions would also be present.
It would be advisable to first rule out any of these infections as the source of lymph node enlargement.
Since you are having throat secretions, get appropriate treatment for this infection first. These glands should subside with treatment.
Recognizing Tumorous Lymph Nodes
Tumor glands would become hard with time and get somewhat attached to the underlying structures. If you try to move them, the movement would be restricted.
They are usually not painful. Read in details about such lumps.
Though more likely it appears to have an infective reason, you need to be observant about the swollen glands. If you observe them getting bigger, harder or painful, it would be good to see a doctor.