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Could cough and congestion in 5 year old cause enlarged nodes in neck.would they be sore? or could i headache at back of neck be from cold?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
AURI: Infection in the upper respiratory tract sometimes have palpable nodes due to associated bacterial infection. Make sure the headache is not stiff neck of meningitis
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes on neck area can get enlarged due to different reasons, among the most common are upper respiratory tract infections. They can be sore and persist for several days. Most of the time they resolve on their own. If they don't and still present after 2-3 wks they should be evaluated. If that is the case the should visit pcp.

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Last updated Jul 18, 2018

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