Why is there a lump on my neck under the skin?

Table of contents:

  1. Why is there a lump on my neck under the skin?
  2. What does a knot feel like in your neck?
  3. Can occipital lymph nodes be felt?
  4. Why does the back of my head feel bruised?
  5. How do I relieve tension at the base of my skull?

Why is there a lump on my neck under the skin?

There are many causes of lumps in the neck. The most common lumps or swellings are enlarged lymph nodes. These can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, cancer (malignancy), or other rare causes. Swollen salivary glands under the jaw may be caused by infection or cancer.

What does a knot feel like in your neck?

If you have a knot in your neck, it means some of the muscle fibers in your neck are continually contracting. This can cause neck pain that feels dull, achy, or sharp. The pain might occur at the knot or in a nearby area, like your shoulder or arm.

Can occipital lymph nodes be felt?

Common areas where lymph nodes can be easily felt, especially if they are enlarged, are the groin, armpits (axilla), above the clavicle (supraclavicular), in the neck (cervical), and the back of the head just above hairline (occipital).

Why does the back of my head feel bruised?

Scalp tenderness is a fairly common complaint, linked with several medical conditions that affect lots of people. Migraines, tension headaches, and autoimmune disorders like psoriasis can all cause the scalp to become inflamed, irritated, and painful.

How do I relieve tension at the base of my skull?

Apply gentle pressure from your fingertips at the base of your skull. This massage can help calm tight muscles and release tension. You can also place a rolled towel under your head and neck as you lie down on your back.