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Posted by: Eighteen Necks | 19/08/2020

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Removal of lymph node in chin/neck area?

I have year round allergies. My entire life, the lymph node in my chin/neck is constantly swollen 24/7. Even when I am extremely lean (at times as low as 6% bodyfat when doing competitive bodybuilding), I always have a very noticeable double chin because of it. The lymph node (at least that is what I believe it is) is just below my chin in the very front and center of my neck. With how significant it is, it has had a significant impact on my quality of life. Even though I am very health conscious, when looking at my neck, people automatically assume I am overweight instead of muscular. I am not sure if getting it removed is the best idea from what I'm seeing online as far as the complications that can happen afterwards. I haven't consulted a doctor yet, as I don't currently have health insurance. Anyway, just trying to get feedback on if getting the lymph node removed is something that is an option here, if so, what are the odds of complications with the lymph fluids building up afterwards? Also, what kind of cost can I expect for a surgery such as that?

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Posted 13/09/2020

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A swollen lump in the skin under the chin or in the neck could be a calcified lymph node. It could also be a benign cyst or lipoma. If it's been present for years and not getting bigger then its unlikely to be cancer. If you feel it is unsightly, your GP could remove it under local anaesthetic at the rooms (instead of in hospital). This might cost as little at R2000.
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