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A 23-year-old male asked:

I have a palpable lymph node on my submandibular, one at each side. they re not painful. they re movable. why is it palpable? help please

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
A Verified Doctoranswered
40 years experience
Node: Pretty common to have nodes in that area. Sometimes they are in response to dental issues or dehydration. Sometimes you are actually feeling the salivary glands themselves. Its good to have them checked out. Ultrasound or CT scan may be helpful
Dr. Robert Nelson
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many causes possible: Normally, submandibular lymph nodes should not be palpable, or barely so in a very thin person. Some causes are dental infection, gingivitis, canker sores, facial skin infections (severe acne) or recent herpes simplex. Inflammatory conditions or even cancers of lymph glands can occur. See your doctor for thorough evaluation.
Last updated Jan 15, 2016

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