How Does Bump on Neck Develop

A bump on neck may feel like a lump or a sort of a swelling formation on the neck. Some lumps may hurt when touched while some do not hurt at all. There are lumps that grow in size while there are others that remain the same size no matter how long they are present.

Case 1:

I can feel a bump on my neck; it hurts whenever I try to put pressure on it. It used to be quite small but now I can feel it has grown. What worries me is that it appears swollen now and reddish on the surrounding area. Is it a tumor or just a bump?


The bump on neck that you are feeling may be a form of tumor. It cannot be benign, since benign tumors are not supposed to be painful. It's best to get it properly diagnosed, especially if the bump is reddish on the surrounding area. The most likely cause of the bump on neck that you have is lymphoma.

Lymphoma is a common type of blood cancer; it is the third most common cancer in children. The first sign of lymphoma is an enlarged and swollen mass formation in the neck, the groin or in the underarm. Symptoms of lymphoma may include fever, tiredness, weight loss and night sweats.

Lymph node enlargements are common causes of neck lumps. Most lumps on the neck area are actually swollen lymph nodes. These lumps may be painful and they may feel tender to the touch. Enlarged lymph nodes are commonly caused by tonsillitis, sore throat, bacterial infection or dental infection. They can also be caused by viral conditions like HIV, AIDS and the common cold.

For you to be able to know the precise cause of the bump in your neck, an immediate consultation with your doctor is a must.

Case 2:

I felt a lump on my neck about a couple of months ago; it did not hurt when I touched it. So I ignored it. But a few days ago I noticed small lumps forming near the first lump. But still they do not hurt. But the fact that they are multiplying is causing me to worry.


Neck lumps that are not painful yet multiplying may be caused by many factors. Since they do not hurt even when pressure is applied to them, they are not likely to be cancerous mass formations or tumors. They could still be tumors though, but benign ones at that.

Benign tumors are fatty tumors that can be easily moved; touching them will not cause pain. They feel like a soft dough and can easily be moved. Some of these benign tumors may remain in the same position for years and they will not cause any danger. These usually appear around middle age; they are not cancerous so do not require treatment.

Another type of lump that may form on the neck is a sebaceous cyst. This type of bump can occur anywhere on the neck area as well and it is not painful.

A salivary gland inflammation may also cause the development of a bump on neck. The saliva glands secret the saliva necessary to properly chew the food we eat. This is very important in the digestive process. Any infection that may affect the salivary glands may cause swelling in the neck; this will be the lump that will appear on the skin. This is a viral infection, therefore does not need any treatment.

Thyroid diseases can also be responsible for one or several lumps to develop in the neck. The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system that produces and secretes thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These hormones are necessary to regulate the metabolism. Excessive alcohol drinking and smoking are the risk factors of thyroid diseases. This condition causes the enlargement of the thyroid gland, that in turn causes the formation of lumps on the neck.