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How do you know if you have a swollen lymph node if its not swollen

A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
You cannot always: If it is near the surface of the skin you can feel it with your fingers. If it is tender or painful this will guide you to the site. There are lymph... Read More
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
General Practice 40 years experience
Look and feel: Looking and feeling...Best to follow with your doc if you are not sure..

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Swelling from?: Most likely it's something else. Considering it could be an infection, you should see your own dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See a doctor: What that is, is evidence that you should see a doctor, be examined and evaluated thoroughly and treated accordingly. Obviously this is not normal, bu... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Feel it.: There are both salivary glands and lymph nodes that can be felt under the jaw on either side. Lymph nodes are usually, firmer and more rubbery. It i... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Inflammation.: Lymph nodes are filters for fluid and debris coming from nearby body parts that is collected via lymphatic ducts. They are filled with immune system ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Depends on location: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Varies with cause: Enlarged lymphnodes may feel shotty, i.e. Like pellets under the skin; these may be rubbery, often due to lymphoma, may be soft and tender if due to i... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: If it is small mobile node, you may watch and wait. Check it about once every two weeks. If it grows in size, becomes stuck to surrounding tissue and ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
These are normal: Individual nodes change size inexplicably from day to day. Unless the node is obviously abnormal, ignore it.

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