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What are the difference symptom signs between an infection in the throat/thyroid or thyroid cancer

By March 1, 2012 - 6:40pm
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My dad has a lump on his right side near the jaw area and three thyroid nodules on his thyroid. He just had a bad infection where the doctor prescribed him 2000mg of amoxillin.

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Yes, swollen glands and thyroid nodules can be benign. A VERY HIGH percentage of them are not cancerous. If it is an infection the antibiotic will probably help. If the swollen nodule does not go down, see your doctor again and they may want to do a fine needle biopsy and do blood work to check the function of the thyroid gland.

March 2, 2012 - 10:41am

A thyroid infection is very rare.

More common is inflammation of the thyroid gland known as thyroiditis. There are several types: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, De Quervain's Thyroiditis (symptoms include the rapid swelling of the thyroid gland and the thyroid gland is painful and tender) and Silent Thyroiditis.

The symptoms of a throat infection include pain, a sensation of heat in the throat, swollen lymph nodes. Sometimes, a person with a throat infection will have a fever, cough, congestion and flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of thyroid cancer vary depending on the type. Generally, symptoms include cough, difficulty swallowing, an enlarged thyroid gland, hoarseness. neck swelling and thyroid nodules.

I hope this answers your question.


March 1, 2012 - 7:00pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Can a swollen gland and thyroid nodules also be benign (not cancerous) he also had painfull swallowing for about a week with a cough. He did have an infection though, it was possible strep

March 1, 2012 - 7:24pm
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