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I have a large hard knot beneath the skin of my left cheek, approx. 1 in. from the corner of my lips. I've gone to an NP, who diagnosed it as an abscess; prescribed antibiotics are CLINDAMYCIN % (a substitute for BACTRIM) Swelling started April 6th. The next day is when I visited the NP. The following day, I went to an ER due to more aggressive facial swelling. The DR there gave me a CAT scan & diagnosed the swelling as Periorbital Cellulitis, due to dental decay. (at this point, I had explained to the DR that none of my teeth were bothering me in any way.) Most of the swelling has come and gone, but I still have the hard knot that remains. What could be causing this knot, will it go away, what can I do?

Notes from CAT Scans
significant left periorbital & left facial soft tissue swelling & stranding of subcutaneous fat
no discrete abscess is identified.
Impression: pansinusitis predominantly involving the right paranasal sinuses.


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replied April 22nd, 2017
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The knot in question is most likely a infected lymph node, which may have some degree of scarring associated with it.

The cause is severe head and neck infections as noted in your history.

If most of the swelling and symptoms are subsided, then it is more likely that the lump in question would subside in due time.


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