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Recent lumps on my forearm and jaw line

I noticed the jaw lump this morning, it is visible. Prior to the lump it was merely a painful place to touch. Tuesday I saw a very large lump on the inside of my right forearm. It was huge & hot to the touch.
I woke up yesterday with a fever of 104.5. Then in a couple of hours, it was gone. I had the shakes while being overheated.
I went to the dentist & hygienist a little over a week ago. My husband thinks the lumps must be dental and maybe a bug bite for the forearm. I've iced both several times and they haven't gone away.
Thank you for your consideration of my question
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replied June 5th, 2014
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The description of the lump (Location and the tenderness) indicates it to be a enlarged lymph node, ‎‎associated with a transient infection in the dentition or in the nasopharyngeal region.‎

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and ‎‎‎undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the ‎‎‎viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to ‎‎‎increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure).

Most benign lymph nodes usually subside on their own or remain at a specific site for longer duration without causing any issues.

Symptoms like persistent fever, weight loss, night sweats along with multiple enlarged, painless ‎lymph nodes may indicate conditions like lymphoma or cancer.‎

Smaller single nodes, that are tender to pressure without any other signs mentioned above can ‎signify many common conditions including including upper respiratory tract infections, local asymptomatic skin infections, etc.‎ (Eg the Lymph node near the shoulder and neck)

You can take Advil or Motrin , for a few days, and apply cold packs over the lumps. In case you have severe symptoms and high grade fever and the above measures not helping, you may consult a doctor for examination.

Conditions like a infected abscess can be detected or ruled out and if needed prescription of antibiotics can help to treat your condition.

I hope this helps.

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