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how to tell if my lymph nodes are swollen

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Feel them: Place your finger tips into the arm pit the area closer to the chest than the hand. Deep palpation with a little pressure the nodes will feel like a s ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The l ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
You will feel them: 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omobola Oji
32 years experience Family Medicine
Feeling them.: You can usually feel them behind the ears and in front. along the sides of the neck also under the chin. Most are benign meaning (not cancer) shows yo ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural reaction: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
They are palpable: Normal sized lymph nodes are quite small and not palpable. If the nodes enlarge to a size of 1 to 2 cm, then they are palpable if you run down your fi ... Read More
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A 47-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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Well: Sometimes behavior gives you an idea of what they are but only a biopsy can tell for sure. I suggest you chill, quit guessing and see your doc. Let he ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Lee
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Treat the cause: Swollen lymph nodes are usually a sign of infection. If the underlying infection is determined and treated, the associated lymph node will likely shr ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Size is Size: 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gehrig Harris
16 years experience Family Medicine
Find out why: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by everything from allergies to cancer. So if you have swollen lymph nodes you should want to find out why. If you ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience Breast Surgery
Location: Some lymph node areas are easier to examine due to their location (neck, underarm, groin) and in these places swollen lymph nodes can be detected by f ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Cause?: Sometimes the lymph nodes are swollen from an infection in the head/neck area. If that's the case then the underlying infection needs to be treated. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Nodes are: Distributed throughout the body. The neck, armpit, and groin are the easiest to see and feel. We all have heard that the sore throat "caused teh gland ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No effect of poking: Enlarged regional lymph nodes essentially immune to the effect of local poking. They enlarge, become firm and can increase in number secondary to inf ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
37 years experience Dentistry
See your doctor: If you haven't already done so, you should see your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
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A male asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
See a doctor: A doctor is trained to palpate for lymph nodes. Your neck muscles feeling "bigger" can mean things other than your lymph nodes are at play. Depending ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) ... Read More
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