The presence of a lump on your left side of your neck can be caused by a variety of different things, ranging from swollen lymph nodes to an enlarged salivary gland, of which the root causes can be as mild as some allergic reactions, tonsillitis and also as severe as a mouth cancer, AIDS. Simple home remedies may help relieve the lump, however, it is important to consult your physician for an evaluation.
Bacterial Conditions. There are several bacterial conditions, which can cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck. They include the following-strep throat, cat scratch disease, atypical mycobacterium, tonsillitis, bacterial pharyngitis, peritonsillar abscess.
Viral Conditions. There are a number of viral conditions that can be the cause of swollen lymph nodes in the neck, such as the following-rubella, which is German measles, herpes infections, AIDS, viral pharyngitis, HIV disease, infectious mononucleosis.
Other Conditions. There are many other conditions that contribute to the swollen lymph nodes, including Hodgkin disease, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mouth cancer, leukemia, thyroid diseases (Grave’s disease, goiter, cancer of thyroid), food allergies, drug or medication allergies and some other allergic reactions.
Salivary gland enlargement can be caused by the following conditions, including mumps, a stone in a salivary duct, infections and salivary gland tumor.
In order to care for salivary gland enlargement, the situation should be evaluated. Some situations require no treatment at all.
It is important to know when it is necessary to contact a physician for an evaluation. If you have swollen glands that are accompanied by any of the following other symptoms: