How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Chip Your Own Question
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 36097
Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Chip is online now

I have a swelling under my chin/side of neck. It has been

This answer was rated:

I have a swelling under my chin/side of neck. It has been tehre for over a week now and is not gettign smaller. It feeld firm udner the skin. There is no rash or redness on the surface.
Hi. Any tenderness there? Any other symptoms like sore throat, fever, etc?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I had a very slight chill/loss of energy a few days after it appeared, but no real flu or anything like that.
It doesnt feel tender or painful at the moment.

OK Charles--just for clarification here, this is just underneath your jaw bone? How large is it?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes it is underneath my jawbone, towards the side of my face.

It is about 3/3.5 cm across. I have nver had anything like it before.

OK Charles--and we can continue after this if you'd like. Most likely this is an enlarged salivary gland--either a submaxillary gland or the parotid gland. You probably have a stone impacted in the gland's duct and that's causing it to swell. You need to see a doctor about this as soon as possible and you need a ct scan to look for the stone. Sometimes these dislodge and pass on their own, but many times it takes an ear, nose and throat MD specialist to extract the stone.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

You dont think it is an infection e.g. of a lymph gland?

No, for two reasons--it's location, and the fact that you don't have any sore throat or symptoms of a tooth infection. And an infected lymph node would be fairly tender. That said, left untreated, an impacted stone can eventually cause an infection in the salivary gland
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Part of the reason for my concern about this lump is that about 6 weeks ago I had (protected) sex with a woman who later admitted she was HIV positive. Although we used a condom I wonder if there is still a risk of HIV infection. I have been meaning to go to a sexual health clinic as a double check.

This isn't a sign of HIV Charles. That's really a second question but I'll answer it for you. The risk of HIV with condoms is extremely low and really only there if the condom is worn improperly or has a tear or a hole in it. That said, and even though I think you're fine, you should get screened. Let me know how all of this goes and please remember to rate my service to you

Dr. Chip and other Medical Specialists are ready to help you