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

A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
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
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
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.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
These are normal: Individual nodes change size inexplicably from day to day. Unless the node is obviously abnormal, ignore it.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mehdi Moezi
30 years experience Medical Oncology
probably not yet: If the ln are small wait another 1-2 weeks if they are large and rapidly growing see your doctor now.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Possibilities: The lymph glands work to sift through body serum that arrives in its network to remove debris & germs. They become active when the area they sift ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Possible but not --: Seen very commonly. There must be another reason for the swelling on the scapula. Between the scapula ; ribs, one could get a bursal sac, resulting in ... Read More
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