Lumpy jaw (actinomycosis)
There are four main types of actinomycosis. Symptoms will vary depending onwhich type you have.
The symptoms of each type are described below.
The symptoms of oral cervicofacial actinomycosis include:
During the initial stages of oral cervicofacial actinomycosis, the lumps may be tender before later becoming painless and hard to the touch. Your jaw muscles may also be affected, which can make chewing difficult.
Oral cervicofacial actinomycosis can also cause narrow passages called sinus tracts to openin the surface of your skin in the affected areas. These shouldn't be confused with sinuses, which are the cavities in your face and nose.
The sinus tracts leak pus, which may contain a yellow,granular, lumpy material.
The symptoms of thoracic actinomycosis mayinclude:
You may also develop a dry cough or a cough that produces phlegm. You may bring up drops of blood when you cough, or if you produce phlegm it may be bloodstained.
The symptoms of abdominal actinomycosis may include:
The symptoms of pelvic actinomycosis may include:
Actinomycosis is a rare type of bacterial infection caused by actinomyces bacteria. The four main types are oral cervicofacial, thoracic, abdominal and pelvic.
The symptoms of actinomycosis can vary depending on the type. Symptoms of oral cervicofacial actinomycosis include swollen lumps on the face or neck.
Actinomycosis is caused by a group of bacteria called actinomyces. Actinomyces are found in many of the body's cavities, such as inside the mouth.