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Neck Swelling Overview

What is neck swelling?
A person with neck swelling has enlargement of the soft tissues that cover the neck. Neck swelling may be caused by an injury, inflammation, infection, or cancer.

What are the symptoms of neck swelling?
Symptoms that occur with neck swelling include dental pain, facial pain, facial swelling, neck pain, neck tenderness, neck redness, hoarse voice, rash, hives, fever, and swollen glands in the neck. Symptoms that may occur with severe neck swelling include difficulty breathing and difficulty swallowing.

How does the doctor treat neck swelling?
Treatment for neck swelling depends upon the underlying cause. Treatment for neck swelling may include cold compresses, warm compresses, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medications, antihistamines, antibiotics, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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