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Why do glands swell when sick?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Glands or immune!: Glands usually refers to lymph nodes a collection of immune cells that scange bacterial and viral debris and help you form immunity against the infection. Lymph node enlargement can also occur in autimmine disease, and rarely (the ones you can see), cancer. If you have a chronic lymph nose enlargement, see your doctor.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why do glands swell?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Healthy or not: Lymph glands ("nodes") draining infected areas enlarge because they are the battleground between the immune system and invaders and special immune cells are growing. If brief, it's nothing to worry about. Enlargement of an endocrine (like thyroid or adrenal) or exocrine (like salivary) is often a sign of illness.

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