Hello, I have found a lump under my mouth, which is right below my gums by my jaw. What can possibly be there that would be a lump? It has me worried....I have an appt for the ENT soon but it is driving me nuts. Any suggestions would help. Thanks!
The swelling could be a salivary gland enlargement, namely the submandibular gland or an enlarged lymph node. Lymph are protective mechanisms of the body and they 'trap' the infecting source causing enlargement of lymph nodes. The infection can be from the draining skin or the organs. The other causes for enlarged nodes are tumors or inflammations to name a few. Only a consultation with your doctor can help diagnose the cause.
If the swelling is below the tongue and visible in the mouth, its likely to be a salivary gland like the submandibular gland. If the swelling is present along the jaw line, underneath the skin, then they are likely to be lymph nodes. And lymph nodes are usually multiple.
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