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why do your lymph nodes swell when you are sick

A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Bilateral lymph node: swelling is not normal and should be evaluated by a health care professional even if you do not feel sick. Make an appointment today.
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A female asked:
Dr. Vakas Sial
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Hypothyroidism: You should undergo a workup for possible hypothroidism and get a TSH level drawn as well as thryoid function testing.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Maybe: Sometimes lymph nodes react to infections and when the infection is over they stay enlarged. If the node is not tender and stable probably nothing to ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lymph node swelling: Hello, your lymph nodes are reactive tissues that can swell with any inflammation. Yes, your nodes can react to thrush.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Lumps and Bumps: Swollen or enlarged nodes are not difficult to feel because normal nodes are smamll(.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maya Vazirani
52 years experience Neonatology
Lymph nodes: are the part of lymphatic system that get enlarged or allerted when the body is attacked by infection viral or bacterial can get enlarged with neoplas ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Front of neck?: Lymph node tenderness usually indicates some type of inflammation ...A reaction to infection...Like a sore throat, cold flu, or other type of virus.If ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No you do not feel : No you do not normally feel lymph nodes behind the knees.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Common cold: Quite natural. Your immune system is trying to defend against the virus.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Marxen
35 years experience Periodontics
Slight tenderness: You will feel slight tenderness in a small spot that will feel like a little bump under the skin!
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Lymph Nodes: Rarely. Lymph nodes are working all of the time to clear out your body of foreign bugs or other things that should not be there. They are doing their ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jacob Petrosky
8 years experience General Surgery
May be normal: Some lymph nodes are easily palpable, while most are not. If you can feel the nodes, just keep track of them. Enlarged nodes can result from viral ill ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Swollen lymph nodes will be tender when pushed upon/touched. The nodes will swell in response to the body's need to heal a wound or fight an infection ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Lymph nodes: These are seldom capable of being palpated when not enlarged for some reason.
A female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Abnormal: Enlarged lymph nodes abnormal. See your MD or ENT doc for assessment.
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
See a doctor: Need more history, you need to be thoroughly examined and may need some testing, possibly including x-rays. Not something to delay about. Please see ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
23 years experience Dentistry
Infection: As a tooth, or oral infection of the lower teeth.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
See your doctor: Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of some kind of inflammatory process, which can be infection and in some cases malignancy. Those who chew tobacco are ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
See a doctor.: Lymph nodes often enlarge with infections or inflammation. Persistent swelling, especially if tender, hard, or larger than around 1 cm (1/2 inch) dia ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Medical eval: Global lymphadenopathy is not normal. Recommend medical assessment to know.
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 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Immune system: Your lymph system is normal. It is always active and protecting you. Being young and thin means you can see them. They are there in all of us. These l ... 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

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